Home Staging and Emotional Connections: Before/After Photos

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

  Home Staging and Emotional Connections: Before/After Photos

Studies have shown that most buyers tend to purchase homes based on emotions more than any other financial investment. Why? Because a home is several things: where you live and raise your family, a representation of who you are and your lifestyle as well as a financial investment.  When selling, it’s important that buyers can envision themselves living in your home which is why we suggest removing family photos, collections and personal items that remind them they are in your home.

One of the jobs of home staging is to create emotional connections with buyers. For example kitchens and bathrooms are mostly hardscape. Rather then remove everything from the kitchen counters and bathroom vanities (the old school of thought) this Morris County stager adds warmth and a feeling of “home” using several techniques:

I use organic props and bring the outdoors inside to create emotional connections with buyers. When staging a kitchen, I will add plants, flowers, fruit or vegetables which trigger emotions of cooking, while warming up the space.

This was a recent kitchen I staged that was already lovely, but I knew we could add some “life” to it, using oils, fresh vegetables, some baked bread and fruit. (Some new stools updated the island.)



Another Before Angle:



Some close ups….


 For this bathroom a little staging went a long way.  We added warmth by giving it a spa like feeling so buyers can envision themselves taking a bath in this relaxing space...


After with crisp, white towels, bath accessories, glass jars with shells, and candles…


The point is, when presenting your home on MLS or in person you want buyers to connect with your home on an emotional level, giving them the feeling they are home. You want them to easily envision themselves living in your house. Cold, sterile hardscape doesn’t illicit feeling of “home sweet home” so home staging helps buyers see your home's true potential.  

If you're thinking of selling, call Kristine of Elite Staging and Redesign (201) 602-2562 for a comprehensive home staging consultation with more tips on how to prepare your Morris County Home for sale. 

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Comments (57)

Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I always suggest sellers include live plants and flowers but the addition of the bread is priceless. It plays off the "BISTRO" on top of the cabinets. A really nice addition and one I will probably use for future photo shoots.

May 02, 2012 01:20 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Kristine, great job! At first I thought that this home did not need anything, but you have shown that a few extra touches can pull the emotional connection in. Kudos!

May 02, 2012 02:13 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

What I find important is that there isn't a huge dramatic difference in replacing cabinets or painting, it's the attention to detail that makes the big difference.  One looks like a little more lived in and the other looks like a showcase. 

May 02, 2012 02:33 AM
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist
NMLS #384936 - Colorado Springs, CO


These photos are beautiful.

Thanks for posting.


May 02, 2012 02:40 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

These photos are beautiful...the staging touches make such a difference. 

May 02, 2012 02:51 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Love the "BISTRO" in the kitchen . . . draws the eye back and gives a good sense of dimension in a one-dimensional photo.  The same with the small touch of color in the bathroom with the rose (tangerine tango??).  Really draws the eye and we get a sense of depth. Great befores and afters.

May 02, 2012 02:57 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Love the organic touches you've added with vegetables and vegetation, Kristine!  These are lovely examples to follow!

May 02, 2012 05:24 AM
Ryan & Sheri MacDonald
Re/Max First - Calgary, AB
Calgary Home Team

Hi Kristine, very nice before and after photos! thank you for sharing! Good luck in the 2nd quarter. Cheers. Ryan.

May 02, 2012 06:23 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Hi Kristine,

Your staging certainly enhanced these two rooms!  Makes a person just want to sit down and stay awhile!  Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous work!  Congratulations on the "Feature" as well.

May 02, 2012 06:26 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Back to thank you for your kind comments re: my River Runs Through It...and to congratulate you on another star. Love ya lady.

May 02, 2012 07:55 AM
Margaret & Martin Jackson Professional Agent Group
Keller Williams-Tampa - Palm Harbor & Oldsmar - Palm Harbor, FL
Realtor team- Real Estate- Tampa Bay, FL


Thanks for posting this information. Your simple demonstration speaks volumes- the addition of life and color totally transform the house into a home, and I think somethimes it's easy to forget that personal element of staging. A great stager is worth their weight in gold- literally.

May 02, 2012 07:55 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Kristine -- It's those little touches you have added that make the room pop.  Nicely done. Those kitchen counter stools are really cool!

May 02, 2012 11:53 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Kristine - The small changes make a big difference in these rooms.

May 02, 2012 02:26 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.


It is amazing how relatively simple little things make a room stick in your memory.   The sunflowers on the kitchen table.  I always learn so much from you.  I think your tips are helping me become a better photographer also. 



May 03, 2012 02:23 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Thank you everyone and I appreciate each and every comment. I hope that you can use some of my ideas with your own listings and love to share tips that make homes more appealing. BTW - you can find those tall glass bottles for soaps and Q-Tips at HomeGoods - it's a great store for all kinds of staging props(pillows, art, throws, ect and very, very inexpensive. I hope to stop by all your blogs and see what you are up to!

May 03, 2012 02:55 AM
Teri Clardy
Colorado Premier Staging, LLC - Littleton, CO
APSD Certified Home Stager Pro

Amazing how just a few tweaks can change the entire ambiance of the home. And thanks for the tip on the glass bottles.  I'm definitely going to pick a couple of those up. :-)

May 03, 2012 06:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Kristine,

Your before and after pictures make all the difference! Thanks for the tips on the tall glass bottles for soaps and Q-tips..really makes a statement! 

May 03, 2012 06:39 AM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

LOVE LOVE LOVE these B&A's. Another superb job, Kristine.

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


May 03, 2012 11:04 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Kristine, great props and accessories. Absolutely created that come linger awhile feel in these rooms. I use cook books to evoke a feeling in a house. A buyer once told me that he knew it was the house for him when he saw the Master Griller cook book on the counter. Buyers absolutely connect emotionally with a  home -even men.

Jun 03, 2012 05:00 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kristine-Adding some warmth or life to the kitchen and bathroom in your before and after made a world of difference.

Oct 10, 2012 02:00 AM