A Good Rule of Staging: Show Some Leg . . .

Home Stager with Triangle Staging and Design / founder of Stunning Solutions

. . . Leg Room, that is.

When I'm working with sellers during a Walk & Talk Consultation I have to get them to understand the importance of editing their clutter. Many think that just putting away some of the papers on the desk or packing some of the personal photos is enough.  This is only part of the process. 

So, how do they know when they've done enough editing in a room? 

Well, I tell them a room is edited when it shows some leg room.  The way to judge this is to follow the base boards around a room.  If your view of the base boards is mostly blocked by furniture then some of these pieces need to be removed.  No base board view = crowded and cramped.  In any sized room if your eye can see AMPLE amounts of base boards, then it is perceived as spacious.

Sellers have a reason for all of the items in a room.  When told to edit, their first reaction is to start justifying why each piece should remain.  Telling them to look at the space from an "ample base board view" will get them packing!  If it is a guest bedroom that we are discussing then obviouslly the bed needs to stay, but the printer cart, plant stand and video shelf have to be moved.

This is a sitting area in a master bedroom.  Even if the space is edited of extra clothing and books it will still feel cramped because the base boards are not in view.  Buyers are not consciously looking for base boards, but they do "feel" them.

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This is another bedroom.  Look at the amount of base board that can be seen here.  These sellers are definitely showing some leg!  The room looks huge because uncovering the base boards creates visual leg room.

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It is one thing to tell a seller that they need to edit.  It is another to teach them why, what and how they need to get the job done.  That's the job for an expert stager!  Contact Triangle Staging and Design so that we can teach your sellers how to edit their spaces.

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Comments (10)

Debbie Cullen
REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL - Cape Coral, FL
Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist

Great blog Honey...Simple but so true! 

~Happy Holidays from Deb in Cape Coral, FL

Dec 03, 2009 02:13 AM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

At first I thought that was a before and after pic, but so true, the first one is so cluttered it may as well be a closet!

Dec 03, 2009 02:20 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great illustration of why sellers should edit as much furniture as necessary to open up the space so that buyers can "see" the room, instead of the stuff in it!

Dec 03, 2009 03:12 AM

Love the tag line, what a great way to help realtors sell their clients on the idea of decluttering. 

Dec 03, 2009 09:14 AM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Great blog title, I will remember your line.  It is so important for sellers to remove all their stuff so the actual home can be seen. 

Dec 03, 2009 11:19 AM
Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

That's a great rule of thumb, Honey! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dec 04, 2009 11:45 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Sometimes you have to explain your rationale behind what you do before owners understand the "why".  It sounds like you did a great job at that!

Dec 04, 2009 02:29 PM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Honey, Can I borrow your tag line during my next consultation -  haha!  Your piece makes this valuable point very well indeed!

Dec 05, 2009 03:13 PM
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist

Love that thought!  It makes it so easy to understand. Looking forward to meeting you today.

Dec 08, 2009 12:21 AM
Rick Wellington
Fonville Morisey - Raleigh, NC

That is a great tip. That makes it very easy to explain. That really gives sellers a goal in mind when they start moving out furniture.

Jan 25, 2010 11:17 AM