Staging FAQ's- Greater Houston Area - Should I Pack Up and Move Everything Out Before You Come To Stage?

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Staging FAQ’s-Greater Houston Area- Should I Pack Up and Move Everything Out Before You Come to Stage?

Timely article from Kathy Streib, owner of Room Service Home Staging serving Palm Beach County.  

I just had this conversation on Wednesday of last week with someone that was taking a moving truck full of items they didn't think they would need to another state last weekend.  They were already loading the truck, so I couldn't help them except for giving her advice over the phone.  I will go there tomorrow to see what was left behind to work with.

This is a common mistake that home sellers make.  Always consult a home stager before the moving trucks come to help you to know what to keep and what to pack.


Original content by Kathy Streib

Staging FAQ’s-Boca Raton- Should I Pack Up and Move Everything Out Before You Come to Stage?


NO!   Put down the sofa !!!!!   When you hear of home staging and preparing a house for sale, we often

Stopassociate that with “decluttering”, moving things out and packing things up.


However, you can save yourself and your Home Stager a lot of time, money and headaches if you first allow the professional to see what you have.


Most stagers have a creative eye and an awareness of everyone’s budgets and do their best to have the two coexist.

On a staging earlier this year, my clients had most of their  furniture removed to their garage.   There were also boxes of very nice floral arrangements and other items we could use for staging the house…… if only I could see them.

So, 2 weeks after they paid for a crew to pack up all of these items and place them in their garage, they had to  pay for them to return and unpack it so we could see exactly what was in the garage.  

After everything was unpacked and unwrapped, we were able to stage the house using everything in the garage.

Confusing isn’t it?  This is not the first time we’ve run into this.  

One client was talked into donating or selling her furniture to her family and friends, who told her that the home would sell quickly so why not clear out the space so Buyers could see it.

preparing a house for saleIf you are preparing your home to sell, don’t touch a thing before letting your stager see and evaluate what you have.

Our Consultations can:

- Make suggestions for paint colors

- Show what items or areas need to be repaired or updated.

- Evaluate your furniture and accessories and repurpose or reposition them as needed.

- Help you show the possibilities of your home to Buyers.



Staging FAQ’s-Boca Raton- Asked and Answered…. Seek the advice of a home stager before you move a thing!


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 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (9)

Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Cindy - I'm glad you reblogged this as it makes a lot of sense.
Sep 16, 2013 04:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cindy and good to see you!  Hope you write a post telling us what happened!!! Thanks for the reblog. 

Sep 17, 2013 11:44 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Good choice for a reblog, Cindy.  Sellers often remove everything because "their agent told them to" or they just thought it was a good idea!

Sep 17, 2013 01:46 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Christine, I thought it was such an excellent post too, this happens all the time!

Kathy, this scenario has happened to so many sellers, so glad you blogged about it. Hope to talk soon, I will try to do a follow-up on what happened!

Maureen,  I know, I keep asking are you sure you don't have anything in the garage, closet, under the bed, attic!  I'll even go out in the yard to try and find!  

Sep 17, 2013 05:37 PM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning:  This is a excellent blog!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

Sep 17, 2013 11:09 PM
Jeff Winship NMLS #400982
Rocket Mortgage - Shakopee, MN
Helping Finance Your Housing Dreams


This is great information.  I was in corporate relocation and moved many people to Houston on a daily basis. I can only hope that none of these were my clients!

Sep 18, 2013 12:02 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Your suggestions seem helpful. I can understand that it would be better to contact a stager before moving iems out. I appreciate your help.


Sep 18, 2013 03:04 AM
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Piedmont Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

These tips are very helpful.  It's always a good idea to know what's important in staging.

Sep 18, 2013 04:05 AM
Jason Lindstrom
eXp Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Your Las Vegas Real Estate & Community Connection

Wish all sellers thought like this. Thanks for sharing this is a great post.

Sep 18, 2013 06:57 AM