How Important Is Furniture Placement When Selling Your House?

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

How your furniture is arranged greatly impacts the impression buyers will have of your house. 

If you are preparing your house for sale and feel overwhelmed by the process, you are not alone. Preparing your house for sale is a lot of work.  

Once you have done the obvious...removed all the excess stuff ...lovingly referred to as clutter...the real fun begins.

Furniture placement.

Most sellers underestimate the importance of furniture placement.

Furniture represents much more than comfort and convenience. What works for you may not be very appealing to others.

Furniture defines a room's purpose. This is especially important for odd floor plans...those long narrow rooms or odd shaped rooms that appear difficult to furnish.

Furniture determines just how large or small a room will appear. It helps buyers see what will fit. An empty room, or a room with too much furniture, will always appear smaller.

Furniture can actually highlight features of the room, both positive and negative. It establishes a suggested lifestyle. 

 

Placement, size, style, color and condition of your furniture all play a part in a room's visual and emotional appeal.  

When arranging furniture in preparation to sell your home, remember...            

your goal is to make each room appear as spacious as possible, with an easy and natural flow that continues thoughout the house.

You want to make sure that the positive features of each room are highlighted.

If your furniture is dated or worn, it could suggest a lack of maintenance and lower the perceived value of your house. Consider replacing it. (I suggest buying something you can use in your new home.) Renting furniture is also an option and slipcovers are an excellent inexpensive resource to update old furniture.

 

In the example above, after removing excess items and rearranging the remaining accessories, a new slipcover and toss pillows were added to the sofa. The dark bookcases and the woodwork behind sofa were painted white. The chair was moved to the far end of the room.

The room is now lighter and more spacious. The wood floors and fireplace are more obvious. The room is more inviting and the home seems better maintained.

 

You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by hiring a home staging professional to do the work and transform your house for you.  

Or....

An affordable option is having a two hour Home Staging Consult.

Armed with a detailed "to-do" list created by the stager you will have all the information you need to transform your house yourself. Simply follow the stager's suggestions and what once was overwhelming will  instantly become easily manageable. 

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Theo Shaw
Baird & Warner Residential Real Estate - Evanston, IL
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Too many people place their furniture around the perimeter of a room.  I call that the "waiting room" look.  You are spot on about furniture placement.

Jun 23, 2017 09:05 PM #27
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Your pictures speak volumes and prove how important it is to secure the services of a home stager, Sharon Tara ... statistics regarding the return on the dollars spent prove that too.  Why not employ every advantage you can when selling your home?  Call a stager ...

Gene

Jun 24, 2017 07:50 AM #28
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Sharon, thanks for giving us your professional tips on how furniture affects the perception of a room.

I often see the need for a stager to be brought into the picture to assist Sellers in preparing the house for the best results.

Jun 24, 2017 08:15 AM #29
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

It is surprising how dated some furniture can look and clients don't realize this speaks volumes to buyers about how the house might have been looked after. This happened to a seller of ours last year, a little money spent would have reaped big rewards.

Jun 24, 2017 09:04 AM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Brian L. Sirota, Esq.  I've seen some real sad excuses for staging from well meaning agents and from over confident sellers. It's true, you either have the eye or you don't. 

Jeff Dowler  When you love your home, you just assume others will fall in love with it too. Unfortunately, it's not the case. 

Richie Alan Naggar  I love me a good transformation!

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,  In staging, yes I am. In my personal life, not so much. LOL

Gita Bantwal  I would love to work with more NH sellers!

Jun 24, 2017 10:11 AM #31
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Raymond Edler  That is awesome! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I wish more agents felt as you do.

Marte Cliff  You have to know your own strengths and weaknesses. Hiring others to cover those weak areas is the wise decision!

Theo Shaw  I've seen many a waiting room in my business. LOL

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  You are a very wise man! Keep telling them this, and send them my way! LOL

I may need to hire you as my publicity agent!

 

 

Jun 24, 2017 10:12 AM #32
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

John Wiley  You are very welcome. My pleasure. I hope it helps more sellers and agents to see the value in home staging.

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  It's true. Having very old, out of style furniture can make potential buyers think the home has not been updated and maintained. Not the impression you want to make!

Jun 24, 2017 10:14 AM #33
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- very well said!  I think that people forget about using slipcovers to freshen a sofa. You've not only shown how important furniture placement is when staging a house but also how important it is to have a professional stager guide you in the process. 

Jun 24, 2017 11:12 AM #34
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Hannah Williams
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Sharon Tara  what a difference the placement of the furniture makes  . Wonderful job and a seller could get more money by taking your advise ..Great post 

Jun 24, 2017 02:47 PM #35
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Sharon, you really bring out some good points about how to show a home in it's best light when trying to sell it.

Jun 24, 2017 04:47 PM #36
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib  Thank you!  Even changes made by the seller or agent can make a huge difference, but having a professional stager is ideal for the best results.

You have shown that time and again!

Hannah Williams  Thank you. My goal with each consult to to get it sold fast and for more money!

Sybil Campbell Thank you! I love transforming spaces!

Jun 25, 2017 06:57 AM #37
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Sharon

Furniture placement in a home for sale . . . . can be a bg factor in a successful sale.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 25, 2017 07:42 PM #38
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Sharon

Congratulations on receiving the feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 25, 2017 07:50 PM #39
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lou Ludwig  Thank you! Thank you for the two comments too!

Jun 26, 2017 07:38 AM #40
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
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I so enjoy what you do with what your client hands you Sharon Tara 

Jun 27, 2017 10:23 PM #41
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,  Most of the time I really enjoy my work, but sometimes it's a real challenge. I know as soon as I step foot in the house how much of a challenge is ahead of me. 

Jun 28, 2017 06:45 AM #42
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
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Wish you worked in Florida. I would definitely refer you to my sellers. Congrats on the featured post. 

Jun 28, 2017 07:03 PM #43
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA  Maybe someday. My husband would love to move south. There are many great stagers in Florida. I believe Kathy Streib is too far away from you, but she may know of someone.

Jun 29, 2017 05:44 AM #44
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Lou Ludwig
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Sharon

There is a lot of interest in your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 02, 2017 07:20 PM #45
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Sharon Tara
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Lou Ludwig  I'm happy to see all the comments! Thank you for adding yours!

Jul 03, 2017 08:55 AM #46
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