NH Home Staging Tip: Just Because It Fits Doesn't Mean It's Flattering

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There are many mistakes home sellers make that keep them on the market longer and ultimately cost them money.  One of those mistakes is having too much furniture.   Too much, as in both quantity and size.

Just because it fits... doesn't mean it's flattering!  


Have you ever seen someone wearing clothing that is too tight and wondered how they could be seen in public dressed like that?  That feeling you get as they pass by is the same feeling potential buyers get when they see a bad MLS picture online.


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bad mls pics


Oversized furniture may be more comfortable....you may need four recliners when you watch the game with your buddies....the six piece sectional may be perfect for YOUR family....the extra bed in the basement family room may come in handy when your parents visit....

Just because it fits... doesn't mean it's flattering!

MLS pictures are supposed to attract buyers to your property.  Buyers can't see the details if they are hidden behind too much furniture.  

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If you want to sell your home, you need to think of it as a house and market it like a product!  

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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, very good advice and catchy title. Love your examples on the top. They can really motivate sellers to action. Every seller has to make pictures of his home and see what buyers are about to see. Hiring Professional Home Stager can help them get their house transformed for the quicker sale...just like on your last set of pictures.

Jan 26, 2014 02:44 AM #28
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Sharon good advise.  Photos and staging make a huge difference in how a home appears on line and in person to prospective buyers.

Jan 26, 2014 03:41 AM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  Thank you!  The examples are just a small sample...I'm sure you could add plenty more from your consults.  Taking pictures of their home is a great way for sellers to see exactly what buyers will be seeing.  It's often what convinces them to make the changes.

Cindy:  Thank you!  The pictures are the first thing a buyer usually sees, and determine whether they will take that next step to see the home in person.

Jan 26, 2014 05:29 AM #30
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Sharon - I really do like that analogy.  Home sellers should accept the advice of professional home stagers with fresh eyes if they really want to get the best offer on their house.

Jan 26, 2014 06:45 AM #31
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

You made your point beautifully. Squeezing in that king size bed may just be way too much.

Jan 26, 2014 08:06 AM #32
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Sharon, Point well made. When you have trouble walking through a room, there is too much furniture. I see it often in rentals as well. less is really more!

Jan 26, 2014 08:46 AM #33
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Is their mirror broken?  Don't they see the rolls?  Too much clutter makes a house look fat, slow and pokey.  Good points Sharon!

Jan 26, 2014 11:59 AM #34
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Oh so true!! It's so easy, as a homeowner, to not see the home in the same way a buyer might. Taking photos is a great way to bring them to reality. They have to keep in mind they are marketing a product...a house...NOT their home.


Jan 26, 2014 12:30 PM #35
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It reminds me of a kind of random finger painting on a room in a way. Think before doing any this, folks!


Love and light,


Jan 26, 2014 12:35 PM #36
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


You are absolutely right. Our job (and a difficult one at times) is to convince our sellers to comply. I can see that money can be an issue at times however effort is paramount. 

Jan 26, 2014 10:47 PM #37
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

How true!   What a difference those last two pictures show.

Jan 27, 2014 03:00 AM #38
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Grant:  Thank you.  Hiring a professional stager for a consult is not expensive, usually under $300.  A very small investment to guarantee your home is ready to show!

Jill:  Potential buyers are not going to spend much time in a home that is not spacious....probably won't even schedule a showing because of the mls pics.

Tanya:  When it comes to furnishings, less is definitely better!

Carla:  I've often asked myself..."don't they own a mirror?"  LOL!

Jeff:  Taking pics to show the seller what buyers will see is a great way to open their eyes.  It's marketing, it's about offering the most appealing product possible.

Laura:  You have to wonder what they were thinking!  If you want to sell it, you better make it appealing!

Dana:  Money is used too often as an excuse.  It's action that is required....a lot can be done with sweat equity!

Kat:  That "before & after" is typical of many homes I've worked in.


Jan 27, 2014 04:52 AM #39
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It does make a difference, and it pays to move 3/4 of your stuff into storage before showing the home.

Jan 27, 2014 04:58 AM #40
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Sharon ~ terrific post and I really loved your title!  Loved it!

Jan 27, 2014 05:56 AM #41
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

Great post, love the title And photos.  Sellers really do need to be aware of this. 

Jan 27, 2014 08:49 AM #42
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Bob:  It's usually necessary to move out much more than a seller expects...it's wise to consult with a professional on what items to keep and what items to store.

Dawn:  Thank you!

Cathy:  Thank you, I'm doing what I can to educate them.

Jan 28, 2014 12:09 AM #43
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Catchy title Sharon.  Buyers need vision to make a decision, and with too much furniture, it does nothing but clutter their minds.  Great blog!

Feb 05, 2014 11:15 AM #44
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Bette:  Thank you!  Buyers do need vision, but most (90%) don't have it.  We need to create it for them!

Feb 05, 2014 08:25 PM #45
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Another great post.  I am suprised I missed this one.  Thanks for the hard work.

Apr 02, 2014 04:12 AM #46
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Gene:  The hard work I get paid for....the post I enjoyed sharing!  Thanks for stopping by!

Apr 02, 2014 07:18 AM #47
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