Staging Occupied Homes Gives Home Sellers The Extra Edge

Home Stager with Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia











Living Room Before



Living Room After


Occupied homes are often overlooked as needing to be staged. It is just as important to stage these homes if not more so. Lived in homes need to look not so lived in when on the market and can be improved dramatically by simply adding or deleting furnishings, changing furniture layout and adding the right accessories and finishing touches. 

Using an overall design plan and often utilizing no cost or low cost items a fresh new space is created giving a lived in home a more model home appearance. The goal in staging an occupied home is to show the home so that potential buyers can see themselves living there instead of imaging who currently lives there.

If potential buyers see an over crowded space they will wonder how they are going to fit their belongings into the same space.  Many older homes have awkward rooms while newer homes tend to have awkward angles. This awkwardness creates confusion for home buyers who are often perplexed as to what the room is used for or how they might arrange their furniture.  By eliminating the awkwardness, there is no doubt left in the buyer's mind how their items will work in a space.

When selling currently lived in homes it is a necessity to create a model home experience and show the space off in the best possible light in order to compete with the many other homes on the market.




Redesigned Spaces is located in Fairfax County, Virginia and serves the Washington DC Metro Area.  Please contact Sandra Hughes at 703.750.0060 or visit our web site at to learn how we can assist you in merchandising your home for a faster and more profitable resale or how we can help you redesign your current space for living. 



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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!
Beautiful job, DOES have a model home feel! Is that a wall sconce above the chair?
Jan 23, 2008 07:01 AM #1
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager
Very nicely done!  Love it!
Jan 23, 2008 09:46 AM #2
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Sandra - Well written post with FABULOUS staging examples of the importance and benefits of staging occupied properties. 


Jan 23, 2008 04:36 PM #3
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Nice job, good post.  Like your work and you "get it".

Jan 23, 2008 06:23 PM #4
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
Elaine - yes, it is a red metal sconce and there is one on the other side of the windows as well.  I had the homeowner lay out all the wall hangings she had before I got there and they were in the group.  She was thrilled I had used them as she bought them a couple of years ago but didn't know where to hang them.
Jan 23, 2008 10:17 PM #5
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Abby and Jackie- Thanks for stopping by and your comments. 

Terrylynn- Now if only all the home sellers would "get it" that ALL occupied listings should be staged.

Jan 23, 2008 10:20 PM #6
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC
It looks so much better and bigger! You are right too - occupied homes are often overlooked as needing to be staged - I see it all the time on the MLS. I don't focus my work on occupieds and I keep saying I should because there are SO many out there. Great examples of why staging works!
Jan 23, 2008 11:47 PM #7
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

What a world of a difference between the two pictures.  You took just the right amount of things out of the room.  What a wonderful example.

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured within the group Staging Before & After Pictures.



Jan 24, 2008 03:04 AM #8
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Bevin - such a need for both but I am still having a challenge getting home sellers to see that.  This particular home seller was a dream to work with.

 Kathy - thanks for the kind works and the featured post.


Jan 24, 2008 07:18 AM #9
Brian Bloom 1-630-292-2710 - Bartlett, IL
All in One Staging Inc. - Home Staging Consultant, Redesign Expert

90% of my stages are occupied. We intentionally made this a priority for the 07 year, but vacant are already starting to be booked for the 08 year!

Their are some Stagers here who only do occupied. And some only do consultations. And some only vacant. What ever you feel comfortable with is what I say you stick with.

And FYI, I know a Stager who only refers her clients to other stagers for vacants and she makes a great chunk of change on referral fees! 



Jan 24, 2008 10:31 AM #10
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon


Thank you for bringing this subject to the forefront.  I was just speaking with a colleague today about increasing our marketing for occupied staging.  It truly is necessary in this market that a home be "model ready".

Jan 24, 2008 12:39 PM #11
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia

Brian- both are so important.  I like the idea that with occupieds you don't have the cost of buying inventory but I love being able to create a design on a blank slate with the vacants.

 Trisha - A live in home can always look better and more appealing.  I think home sellers have blinders on in regards to what their homes actually look like to potential buyers.

Jan 24, 2008 08:51 PM #12
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