What a Difference Furniture Makes

Real Estate Agent with Lake and Lodge Realty LLC

I am often asked the question by sellers as to whether the house shows better with or without funriture. I always reply it depends on the home and the furniture but today I went to show a house that has recently been foreclosed on so I pulled pics off the Internet and headed down to show the house. Keep in mind this home had been lived in a couple months back and the pics on the net were not true representations (or even close). Here is what the pics showed next to what was there for our visit.

basement picsWhat we found

You can see by removing furniture, it made a huge difference in this house. Made me think there is areason staging companies seem to be busy. Best of luck in all you do and thanks for reading.

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  1. Patsy Overton 07/18/2010 10:10 AM
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Carla Dimond
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staging is extremely critical

Jul 18, 2010 10:02 AM #1
Tiffany Torgan
Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla - La Jolla, CA
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Hi Randy,


Interesting, wow, it doesn't even look like the same house! What a difference! Tiffany

Jul 18, 2010 10:03 AM #2
Michael Ford
Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes - Marion, AR
Matching Families with Homes

Randy I think most good real estate agent are doing staging for there clients.  It does make a big difference.

Jul 18, 2010 10:08 AM #3
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Thanks, Randy, for helping to get the word out.  You just made my job a little easier!

Jul 18, 2010 10:09 AM #4
David Okada
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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The furniture and plain color makes a big difference.

Jul 18, 2010 10:34 AM #5
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


What are your thoughts on staging in regards to true representation?  How about virtual staging?  Houses without furniture do not look lived in and home like, this would be why staging is such a big hit.  But the buyer is in most cases not buying the furniture, they are buying the house.  ;-)

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Jul 20, 2010 12:27 AM #6
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Ann, My ex wife has approached me a few times about virtual staging and while I do think furniture makes a difference in some homes I think the buyer should be able to see what the pictures portray so I personally don't think virtual staging is right for me.

Jul 20, 2010 01:02 AM #7
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