10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Home Staging Consultation.

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging


What to do and what not to do before the consultation.

One of the questions I am often asked by an agent or seller is what to do home staging questionsto prepare for their consultation.

The time spent can be from 1 ½ hours to 2 or 3 hours depending upon the size of the home and just what needs to be done.

So, you’ll want to make the most of your time as well as your investment.


10 Tips to Make the Most of Your

Home Staging Consultation.


It’s scary having a stranger come into your home to critique it.  However, the Home Stager is there not to judge your choices of wallpaper or paint.  We’re there to help you get your home sold and make it as easy and cost effective for you as we can.

2.Schedule a time when you can totally focus on the consultation.

If you’re taking time off from work as in your lunch hour, your focus will be on getting back to work.

Don’t have such a tight schedule that you’ll be looking at your watch instead of what the Stager says.

3.Remove any distractions that will prevent you from focusing.

Pets and children come to mind!  If you can, schedule your consultation when the children are in school or when you can get a sitter.  

If your pets will want to interact with you and the stager during the consultation, find someone to take them for a walk or, if you can and if they’ll tolerate this without barking, place them in their kennel.

This sound hard but it’s important that you’re able to focus on what the stager is saying.


4. Speaking of distractions…

You may want moral support during your consultation but if you must, politely ask them to observe only.  

Hand them a notepad and pen and ask them to take notes for you, but that’s all.  


5.Suppress the need to paint before the stager comes.

There have been too many times when I arrived at a consultation only to have the seller tell me (with a big smile on their face) that they’d painted everything white!  

You may not need to paint or if you do allow the stager to suggest colors that will appeal to your buyers.


6.It’s ok to clean and put things away.

Yes, by all means, go ahead and clean your home and pick up just as you normally would.

We don’t want to tell you to remove your dirty laundry from your utility room but it’s our job to point these things out.  We can’t assume anything.

All of us have viewed homes for sale that had unmade beds and dishes in the sink.


7.Don’t go overboard in editing.

The flip side of too much is not enough.  If you’re not sure about extra furniture you have, let us help you decide.


staging notebook8. We know you’ve watched the Cable staging shows but…

Let us do what you’re paying us for.  Who hasn’t seen the staging shows but remember, that’s television.  Every home is different and every consultation will be different.




9.Have a notepad and pen handy.

Take notes!  While a written consultation is available from some stagers, it is best to take your own notes.  


10. Remember this…

Regardless of what we say, this is your home.  Our suggestions are based on our knowledge and experience but ultimately, you decide what will work for you and your budget.


Get the most from your home staging consultation by following these 10 tips!  

Still not sure what to do?  Contact Room Service! Home Staging!


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

Oh wow...do people really paint BEFORE you come out? What could they be thinking?

Jan 19, 2017 08:08 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is an excellent post outlining what to do and how ot handle a staging presentation.  A

Jan 19, 2017 08:18 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy --- I like your handy tips.   They make a lot of sense especially number 4 --- there's no need to have another "expert" providing advice.   

Jan 19, 2017 09:54 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Harry F. D'Elia I handle them with a gracious smile and an acknowledgment that they probably already know what I'm about to tell them. (while I bite my tongue.)

James Dray ask her to put that paint brush down. 


Jan 19, 2017 10:58 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie Dillard it's such a shame when the seller has already spent the time as well as money to paint before we've had a chance to consult with them. 

Wayne Martin the seller once had her handyman there during the consult.  I wanted to put a gag on his mouth!

Jan 19, 2017 11:02 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott Godzyk it's a bit like having your great aunt coming over to inspect your home.  

Hi Nina Hollander you have that right.  On one consultation, the seller kept looking at her watch because she had an appointment. It was distracting for her and for me. 

Jan 19, 2017 11:04 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nathan Gesner it can be but we're happy when people consider staging at all. 

Isn't that the truth Janice Ankrett 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 airRErealty.com I had a client who painted her exterior a perfect blue...had she been living in a beach house at the ocean.  It stood out like a sore thumb.  No way was she going to consider repainting. 

Jan 19, 2017 11:12 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel Much appreciated.

Michael Jacobs a client going through a divorce ran to the bedroom in tears because her friend was there for "support" but wouldn't shut up. 

Jan 19, 2017 11:14 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - many people would not know where to begin so clearing their head and schedule and engaging with you can cause a breakthrough and help them get their house in order to sell.

Jan 19, 2017 11:47 AM #17
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy this is a fantastic post!  I've never read one like this - which kind of surprises me after all the years we've been staging homes. Really REALLY good!


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Jan 19, 2017 12:03 PM #18
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy, if homeowners follow these ten steps, their appointment with their trusted home stager will be a success that will result in a quick sale. 

Jan 19, 2017 12:45 PM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I could add a personal experience for each of your numbered items....been there and seen that!

Great tips for preparing for a home staging consult, Kathy!

Jan 19, 2017 01:44 PM #20
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

and listen to the professional as experience is what you are paying for

Jan 19, 2017 02:09 PM #21
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

This is some great advice for those prepping to have their home staged.  A good showing experience is so important to getting things sold!

Jan 19, 2017 02:44 PM #22
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Number 11, Please park you ego and listen to reason from a professional.

Jan 19, 2017 02:46 PM #23
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Kathy, I am sure your clients enjoy having a knowledgeable and objective professional to plan their route to staging success.

Jan 19, 2017 10:07 PM #24
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

"Let us do what you’re paying us for.  Who hasn’t seen the staging shows but remember, that’s television." Classic statement Kathy Streib ...

Jan 20, 2017 05:25 AM #25
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Home stagers are very valuable in getting the home ready to sell. Your suggestions are right on and in the best interest of the seller Kathy.

Jan 20, 2017 05:12 PM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy

This is so well done! No doubt there are many homeowners who are anxious about this process, or pressed for time, and who need to have a list Iike this so they can gain the maximum benefit. And I bet you have personal experiences that have prompted each one of these valuable points!


Jan 20, 2017 05:53 PM #27
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Great advice, Kathy. I have seen a lot of clients get nervous over a home-staging consultation. Why? It's like going to the Dr. They're there to help. 

Jan 21, 2017 04:02 PM #28
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