Vacant or Staged?

Real Estate Agent Ga Lic# 248468

Have you heard people say they have been looking for houses and that some of them are vacant and some of them are staged?  Or have you heard an agent get all excited because one of their listings is staged?  Have you had an agent at some point tell you or one of your friends that their house would sell better vacant?

Hearing that your house would be better vacant is not an indictment of your furniture!  Sometimes it is a signal that your have too much clutter and buyers can't see around your belongings. Or perhaps your furniture is really big and the agent feels that potential buyers won't be able to see how big your rooms really are.  Buyers are funny and often can't visualize how their things would fit into a house and the current owner's things just get in the way of the mental space of the buyer.

On the other hand, some buyers can't visualize their things in the house and would like to think that the house will look like yours which is furnished very nicely and the listing agent recorgnizes this and advises you to leave your things in place. This the theory behind model homes in new home subdivisions.  Developers know that most people looking at the development want to buy the model home because it looks really good and the potential buyer would love to think they could live like that, too!  And then, alas, when they move in, their own belongings don't look like the model at all!

So, vacant or staged?  Here is an example of a staged living room. The owner had been renting to a group of college boys when she decided to sell.  When they moved out she painted and brought in furniture to show off the features of the vintage house intown Atlanta. Gosa Properties had the house Under Contract in under a week!  

                                                           Staged living room


On the other hand, here is an example of a beautiful room that is vacant.  Lots of light, endless floor, wonderful potential.

                                                           Vacant luxury room


There are actually tools that real estate agents can use that show rooms with virtual furniture inserted. Some are better than others!

At Gosa Properties we can help you determine if your house should be listed vacant or staged. There are many factors to consider but whichever way we go, you can be sure that it has been considered both ways and the goal is to get your house sold as quickly as possible for the most return to you!  Give us a call so we can help you sell your house!  Whether it is vacant or staged houses are selling very quickly indeed!



Comments (5)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Vacant homes are not a good thing...for the seller.

Buyers assume you are desperate...and buyers with no vision (the vast majority) can not picture the home well.

Sep 27, 2013 02:35 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I often think if the house has a sculptural/stand alone visual impact, it can be fine left unstaged...otherwise, I'm on the side of staging.

Sep 27, 2013 02:46 AM
Cheryl Gosa
Atlanta, GA

I have had more than one home sell way better vacant - and even in upper price ranges.  It's mostly due to too much furniture, furniture clearly "little-old-lady" and knick-knacks or lots of children with toys scattered all over the place!

Sep 27, 2013 02:53 AM
Jeanne Westmoreland

Hi Cheryl!


Of course I need to jump in on your conversation. So glad to hear you are doing well!  For your occupied properties, why not try a Walk and Talk Consultation.  It is the perfect solution for a seller living in their home but selling it as a staged property.  We discuss decluttering, repairs, furniture arrangements, everything. Before we beging walking through, we start by talking about the our goals and guidelines/rules for staging.  That way we are all on the same page before we begin.  The consultation takes 2 hours and your seller's investment is $250.00.  The return is HUGE for both the Realtor and the seller.  Of course the Realtor is invited - but you don't have to go if you don't want to.  Good cop bad cop.  Its magic!

And there is still vacant staging as well, if the seller must move out. Give us a new look see.  In nine years, we have aged like a fine wine (oh gosh, can't believe I said that!)




Jeanne Westmoreland

Accredited Staging Professional Master®

Owner, Classic Staging LLC



Sep 27, 2013 10:45 AM
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
The majority of buyers are visual and vacant rooms will not have the same appeal as a staged room.
Sep 27, 2013 01:07 PM