We Just Want A Few Pictures On The Walls. Lite Staging?

Home Stager with Selling By Design-Staging

"Can you just hang some pictures on the wall and put some plants around, maybe some towels in the bath and kitchen?"

"We don't really need furniture. Just dress it up some."

As home staging professionals in Fresno CA and in most cities I am sure, we've heard these requests. It is an attempt to save money in the marketing of a home for sale. But does this version of vacant home staging accomplish the client's goal? Do a few accessories warm up the space, show prospective buyers how livable a home can be, or bring a quick sale?

Or do the objects used in "lite staging" simply distract the buyer's eye from the details of the home?

Rather than create a warm inviting space, which is done by staging with furniture and accessories, thus accentuating the home's features, placing a few accessories in a vacant home leaves the home just that, vacant. It still feels cold and empty,

So does "lite staging" save money?  No. It actually wastes marketing funds. Pictures, plants and towels are staging accessories and must be accompanies by well placed furniture to achieve the cleint's goal of a quick, profitable sale.




Posted by

Linda Thompson

Fresno, CA- home staging and redesign services

                  Selling By Design-Staging

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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Linda- I tend to agree!  It's more distracting to me to have that one lonely plant in the corner.  Granted the artwork adds color but still... it just looks half done. 

Mar 01, 2014 09:03 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Great advice.  I get this type of request all the time from my sellers.

Mar 02, 2014 01:57 AM
Linda Thompson
Kathy and Belinda, thanks for the comments. Let's hope clients get the message.
Mar 02, 2014 05:10 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I caught this on Belinda's reblog.  As a Realtor®/Stager, I have to agree.  It looks as if someone left a few of the belongings when departing in a hurry.  It looks downright lonely.

Mar 02, 2014 05:32 AM
Linda Thompson
Selling By Design-Staging - Fresno, CA

Thanks Geri. Lonely is the word and there's a good chance the house will be lonely for a long time.

Does anyone know why when I posted this blog to 3 groups it did not appear in any of them? The new system has me cofused.

Mar 02, 2014 05:45 AM