Are Your MLS Photos Leaving the Buyers Guessing?

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Are Your MLS Photos Leaving the Buyers Guessing?

One of the biggest challenges with an empty home is that we can often confuse the potential buyer without even knowing it. Here's what I mean. As the person taking the photo, I know definitively what purpose the room serves. However, if I was viewing this home on the Internet, which is what most buyer's are doing, I'd be left guessing. 

Here's an example:

Based on this photo, I know that it's painted a nice neutral color and the carpet looks good. The question is, what room is this? And, will the paint color and carpet alone be enough to entice the buyers off the Internet and into the home? Maybe. Maybe not. Yes. I know that the image is dark and lights were not turned on when I took this picture.

model home staging in atlanta before picture

Now here's the same room after home staging by Atlanta home stager, Kathy Nielsen. 

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As you can clearly see, as  this is a bedroom. More importantly, the potential buyer's, using the Internet to search for their next home, can also see that this is a bedroom. 

One of the greatest benefits of having your home or listing staged is the impact to the MLS photos. In addition to defining the room, the buyer's are further enticed by envisioning a life style within the home.

My home staging company in Atlanta specializes in vacant home stagings. To see more transformations, visit our Atlanta Home Staging gallery.

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This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


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Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Cassandra Boyes
Orchestrated Designs - Barrington, IL
HSR Certified Home Stager, Staging Barrington-Lake Geneva,

Hi Kathy!  I enjoyed reading your blog post and couldn't agree more with you.  It's amazing how important Vacant Home Staging is and your photos really do testify to that.  Who doesn't like to be impressed, and what better place, than the first-impression spot on MLS?

Apr 10, 2013 06:22 AM #1
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

hi Kathy ~ anyone who sees your beautiful staging and photos won't be guessing -- they'll know that the property is move-in ready and they'd better hurry up and see it before someone else buys it!

Apr 10, 2013 06:39 AM #2
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Kathy - Your photos say it all.  An empty room leaves me cold.  A room with pretty, fresh bedding makes me want to stay and linger. 

Apr 10, 2013 03:58 PM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well I guessed wrong...I thought it was a living room, LOL!  Nicely done Kathy!

Apr 10, 2013 11:32 PM #4
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Yes some of the photos leave us guessing as well.  Like the pics of a coat closet of a wall. 

Apr 11, 2013 01:08 AM #5
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

...and I thought it might be a family room!  Very fresh and inviting!

Apr 13, 2013 02:22 AM #6
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Hi, everyone. It's interesting to see that two people thought it was a living room. Given how important the MLS photos are to a listing, a prospective buyer should not be left guessing!

I appreciate the comments!!



Apr 13, 2013 09:47 PM #7
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

I thought maybe an office and it just goes to show you how important it is to show buyers how room's function. You did a beautiful job as always Kathy. When you get a chance I wrote a blog about you my friend...

Apr 14, 2013 12:54 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kathy,

I just came over from Kristine's post and I can see why she sought your expertise..what a fantastic job!!! I'm subscribing to your blog!

Apr 19, 2013 12:26 PM #9
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Hi Kathy, good point. Even I was confused lately looking at my own "before" pictures. Was it a dining or game room?... right or left bedroom? Only chandelier pointed to the dining room and chair rail helped me to guess which bedroom it was. LOL.  

May 29, 2013 11:20 AM #10
Samantha Lanphere
Greenhouse Properties of Atlanta LLC - Atlanta, GA

This is the model builder home right? I love how the rooms look so much larger staged than they do empty.

Jul 26, 2013 09:05 AM #11
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Yes. This is the builder. I'm due to merchandise another model for them in August!  And, you're right, Samantha. It's amazing how much larger a room can look when there's furniture brought in.

Thanks for commenting.


Jul 26, 2013 08:41 PM #12
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

Vacant homes are the most difficult to sell, and photograph in my opinion and all the more reason to have them staged properly. 

Mar 13, 2019 06:25 AM #13
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

What a difference, thank you for sharing your information with us.

Feb 02, 2020 03:38 PM #14
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information thanks for sharing.  I don't understand why agent do not hire a professional photographer.

Feb 03, 2020 02:25 AM #15
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