Clean & Repair Before Home Staging with Rental Furniture

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Clean & Paint Before Home Staging with Rental Furniture

Putting your Montgomery County PA home on the market is all about putting your best foot forward. First impressions count and you can make a great first impression by hiring a local home stager. Home stagers can tell you how to improve the look of your home and where your money would be best spent. Sometimes that means clean & paint before home staging with rental furniture.

Recently I went over to a vacant property to get some basic measurements for a furniture rental estimate and see which rooms would be best to stage.

As I pulled up to the house, I saw that the landscaping wasn't as good as it could be. It looked a little overgrown and neglected. As I walked into the home, the interior showed the same thing.Clean & Paint Before Home Staging with Rental Furniture

At one point, I'm sure it was a very cute home with a country style. But as it stood today, it was certainly in need of some cleaning and painting. Almost every room had this blue color in it, including two sets of full wall built-ins. There were also two different colored hardwoods and carpet on the lower level. The paint was worn in areas, nail holes were certainly present and the backing to one of the built-in shelves was broken.

When I spoke to the realtor, I told him his clients were better off putting money into repainting the whole downstairs in a more neutral, warmer tone and ripping up the carpet in the living room (there was hardwood under it!).  He said the house hadn't had many showings and it felt cold. He thought putting furniture in would warm it up. It felt cold because it looked neglected. Putting furniture in the home at this point would not help sell it any faster. Clean & paint before any home staging with rental furniture was certainly needed in this case.

Time and money spent on marketing this house could have been saved if a consultation was done before it hit the market. Home staging isn't just about putting furniture in a home. It's all encompassing, doing whatever the home needs so that it shows at its best.

Save money and time on the market by contacting Six Twenty Designs and booking your home staging consultation today.

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Suzanne Otto-Six Twenty Designs


Home Staging is a tool every seller should have in their back pocket. Don't lose out on potential buyers by selling your home "as-is".


If you live in the Montgomery, Bucks or Chester County of Pennsylvania and need a home stager, contact Suzanne.


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Comments (17)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

So true Suzanne, today's buyers want a well maintained and move in ready home.

Oct 14, 2014 10:02 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Nothing worse than a place looking tired and dirty.....staging won't even help.

Oct 14, 2014 10:38 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Cleaning and repairing a home before selling can do so much for getting a home sold Suzanne. A good home stager can help in making those decisions.

Oct 14, 2014 11:45 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Good points Suzanne - a home should have it's best foot forward and THEN staging should set it over the top.  Sellers need to do their part to put together the best presentation because that's what all the competition is doing.

Oct 15, 2014 02:38 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

True David. They'll take that over a properly furnished home for sure.

My thoughts exactly Roger.

It's what I do Tom :)

Exactly John! Give your competition a run for their money! 

Oct 15, 2014 02:42 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Preparation and presentation are best done BEFORE listing.  I can't stress this enough!   I agree with you that their money is better spent on fixing it up.  Adding furniture is not the answer here.

Oct 15, 2014 06:04 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Great advice! Painting and cleaning after staging can leave hints of late preparation. Some may not notice but why take the chance?

Oct 15, 2014 11:34 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Condition and first impression can make or break the sale. Like you said it is not all about furniture.

Oct 15, 2014 01:00 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Suzanne. Nothing beats clean and smell good. Now once you add some staging to the mix, there is a good chance at the home selling. Nice job with your post!

Oct 15, 2014 08:51 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Totally agree Sharon.

It's all about that first impression Tanya. If it was done before it hit the market, it might have sold already, even without furniture in it. 

Right Debbie!

It's about identifying the right elements to fix Joe.

Oct 15, 2014 11:34 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Suzanne, You have made some great points! My clients and I walked through a house that showed poorly because one door to a closet was hanging by a hinge and almost fell sideways when opened, the new flooring was poorly installed and the carpet leading to the master bedroom was pulling away from the edges. A few repairs would have made a HUGE difference!

Oct 16, 2014 12:32 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

That is great advice Suzanne.  Staging a home that needs cleaned and painted is almost worthless!  But staging the vacant home will give it a much higher value.

Oct 16, 2014 01:13 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Suzanne, you can't possibly dress up a home that's dirty and needs paint with or without staging. Especially if the house has been vacant for some time.

Oct 17, 2014 08:56 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Such a good idea because first impressions DO COUNT!

Oct 17, 2014 09:01 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

You have to fix the 'old & tired' before you can stage it. Amazing how 90+ days later people start thinking about staging?

Oct 18, 2014 04:20 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Exactly Wanda! It amazes me how sellers don't think like that.

Thanks Joy!

Exactly my thoughts Beth.

That's right Larry & Sheila!

It's crazy Lyn! But I guess the mentality of "let's see what happens". 


Oct 20, 2014 02:42 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Suzanne, could you imagine if a buyer with an aversion to blue toured the home? Yikes! You raise a great point that the bones of the home, the walls and floors, are just as important as furniture.

Oct 23, 2014 01:01 AM