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Tacky Staging Techniques that Will Harm Your Listing!

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Some staging will do more harm than good. Bad staging stops your buyer from noticing and buying your listing. Do you know the difference?

No one stuffs a napkin in a wine glass in real life. No one has towels cascading out of rattan baskets in the shower. Who lives like that? Nobody, and buyers are going to feel like they're being sold. If you don't do it in real life, don't do it at all!

A home should not look like it has been staged! Good staging has a very natural look. Your buyer should walk in the door and feel comfortable, welcome, and at home. Buyers are smarter today.  They watch design shows on HGTV and on A & E.  They understand what they want and the lifestyle they are after.  They know about home staging and are no longer fooled by baked cookies, a dinner party set up on the formal dining room table, rose petals floating in a hot tub, or plastic fruit.

Home staging should show off the great features of your listing and diminish the negative ones, not create a phony atmosphere. It's all about marketing that feeling of the good life and what is possible for the room without going overboard.

Tacky staging is usually done by someone that has watched a few design shows and feels they now have the magic touch. Many of these people do not understand the real purpose of staging or design marketing to get a home sold. It is so much more than just moving the couch and adding a few accessories.

How can you recognize tacky staging when you see it?

View my next article....Beware! The Top 20 Tacky Staging Techniques

Helping you get your listing SOLD,
Angela Voss
Designology Home Staging

Ellen Dittman
Watson Realty Corp. - Middleburg, FL
#1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r

Good Post! You make a good point.

May 10, 2010 06:41 AM
David Saks
Memphis, TN
Broker / Industry Analyst

The old bronzed Army boot stuffed with plastic ball point pens on the fireplace mantle has got to go.

May 10, 2010 06:46 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Yikes, Angela. That is tacky. I can't wait for your 20 things post.

May 10, 2010 06:46 AM
Angela & Stephen Hardiman / HouseTie.com
HouseTie.com - Spokane, WA
When first impressions count...

Thanks Ellen!

I know this one will be a hot topic in the industry, but I am a firm believer in it. Back in the day, staging was all about creating an experience. The fake enviroment didn't sell houses any more than the ones that were beautifully decorated. In my opinion, if you are using props you are doing it wrong. I really believe that you're going to see a huge shift over from a phony atmosphere to creating beautiful "real living" surroundings.


May 10, 2010 07:30 AM
Angela & Stephen Hardiman / HouseTie.com
HouseTie.com - Spokane, WA
When first impressions count...

LOL!!!!  Old bronzed Army boot stuffed with plastic ball point pens....that's a new one.

Thanks David and Glenn.

May 10, 2010 07:41 AM
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Good post Angela. Have you seen the cardboard TVs with a tropical scene pasted on the screen? Really bad.

May 10, 2010 05:57 PM