Home Staging Tip - Don't Make Home Buyers Guess

Home Stager with Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA

Here's an important home staging tip: Don't make home buyers guess if their furniture will fit in your home. Its very difficult to judge the how much furniture will fit in an empty room. Empty rooms look smaller than rooms that have a few pieces of well-chosen furniture. The furniture gives the room scale and lets buyers know that, yes, you can have a queen bed and there will still be room to walk around it.


Master Bedroom before home staging

Looking at this photo, you wouldn't know what size bed could fit in this room - full? queen? king? Actually, the room looks pretty small.


Master bedroom after home staging

Same bedroom, taken from the same angle (OK, almost the same angle) with the same lens and camera. The room looks so much larger. Staging a queen bed lets the buyer know his/her queen bed will easily fit, and there is even room for 2 night stands and a dresser.

When you have a home professionally staged, you allow a buyer to see how large the rooms really are and what size/how much furniture can fit. When you leave the house empty - devoid of furniture or lifestyle - you're asking too much of potential buyers. Make it easy for them to fall in love with your home.

So take this home staging tip from a professional home stager - Don't make home buyers guess!

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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great advice for the home seller staging a home makes it better for everyone no second guessing.

Mar 19, 2011 04:24 AM #1
Royal LePage Connect Realty - Toronto, ON

People usually have hard time seeing their furniture in an empty room. A staged room will give them a head start. I like your after picture.

Mar 19, 2011 04:26 AM #2
Lorinda Ward
Keffer Realty - Norfolk, VA
Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach

Excellent tip, rooms do appear to look smaller when it is not furnished.  Great post.

Mar 19, 2011 04:43 AM #3
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Great post Michelle! Also, if it's an extra room and people might not know what to do with it, a stager can make it; a child's room, a study or office or a guest bedroom. Furnishing a room appropriately can take the guess work out of a house's potential.

Mar 19, 2011 05:13 AM #4
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thanks Pat. It doesn't take a lot of furniture to give home buyers the right idea.

Donna: Thank you. Its hard to imagine what will fit where, if you don't have some furniture to give you an idea of scale.

Lorinda: Thank you. I agree.

Peg: I recommend staging rooms that will create confusion for the home buyer - be it "will my furniture fit here?" or "what the heck is this room supposed to be?"

Mar 19, 2011 05:19 AM #5
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Michelle, I staged a small model apartment and people didn't want to rent the empty unit until they saw the model one. They were surprised the queen bed and night stands on both sides did fit perfectly and also this bedroom had enough room for the dresser or a chair and a small side table.

Mar 19, 2011 06:11 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michelle- Your post and the photos tell the story... I looked at an open house notice for a listing here and the home was vacant.  I had no idea what the room was that was being shown!  It doesn't take much to give the buyer an idea of how to use the space.

Mar 19, 2011 08:08 AM #7
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Michelle--Your pictures tell the whole story.  I really believe that most buyers can't imagine what to do with small spaces and good staging helps them see past that.  Nice post. 

Mar 19, 2011 11:01 AM #8
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Michelle, what a great example of how staging a room can make it seem bigger.  Buyers really do need to "see" how the space can be used.  Your staging and photos are excellent as always.

Mar 19, 2011 11:20 AM #9
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Anna: Staging works, even for rentals.

Kathy: Showing photos of an empty home doesn't help home buyers become interested in the home. One empty room in house #1 looks the same as another empty room in house #25.

Janet: This was an average room in an older home. Because of door & window placement, it was difficult to see what size bed would fit.

Thanks, Maureen!

Mar 19, 2011 01:17 PM #10
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

This is so true! Empty rooms often appear so much smaller than they really are and furniture can instantly erase that thought.

Mar 20, 2011 11:55 AM #11
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Beautifully done, Michelle. I loved your comment that house #1 with an empty room looks the same as home #25.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.



Mar 22, 2011 12:52 AM #12
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Karen: We need to give buyers a reference point for them to formulate an accurate estimate of what will fit in a room.

Thanks, Kathy. Yay!

Mar 22, 2011 02:35 AM #13
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Totally agree and well said! Speaking of making the buyer guess, I am heading out right now to meet with a woman who has the dining room set up as a sitting area. I explained that for selling the DR should be a DR. "Well I have to live here and this is how I like it".  Could be a tough day..... LOL

Mar 25, 2011 01:57 AM #14
Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

It's not just how much furniture but the purpose of the room too.  Nicely done.  I never would have imagined that a bed and two night tables would fit against that wall given the door or closet there. 

Mar 25, 2011 02:41 AM #15
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Good luck with that one, Shar. I'm sure you're up to the task.

Sandi: Yes, that is why furnishing rooms is so important during the staging process. If you, as a professional, aren't sure if a bed will fit, imagine the buyers' confusion!

Mar 25, 2011 03:34 AM #16
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Michelle, this is a valuable tip and your photo example is amazing!

Feb 09, 2014 12:15 PM #17
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Thank you, Sharon!

Feb 09, 2014 12:18 PM #18
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