Home Staging-Sometimes It Takes a Little Focus

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Home Staging-Sometimes It Takes a Little Focus


Home staging involves so much more than placing furnishings in a vacant property.  Helping homeowners who are currently occupying their home stage their home for sale is what I love to do most.


After the extras have been edited, stagers can reposition, replace, and repurpose what you have to help push your rooms to the next level.


In the photo below, this infant’s room is nice.  It’s not perfect but lived in homes aren’t model homes.  They don’t have to be perfect.

The room is relatively neat but doesn’t really invite the buyer in.


home staging nursery before


The After photo shows a much more open room.  The crib was moved so it didn’t block anyone wanting to enter the room. Yes, liberties were taken using the side of the crib as a book and toy holder and yes, that side would need to be in place to protect the baby but it was to show what could be done.


home staging nursery after


But as you can see the eyes are now drawn into the room and the repositioning of the furniture opens the room up.

Please note- This room and the rest of the townhome were staged as part of the staging course I took many years ago.  We had about 3 hours to stage this 4 level home using only what was in the home.


Part of the reason we were able to accomplish this is that the homeowner had cleaned and edited the home prior to the staging. They graciously allowed us to go through closets and pantries to use anything we could find that would help with the staging.  They also allowed us to reposition pieces as we saw fit.


(By the way, if you need to move heavy pieces, get furniture sliders from your local home DIY store. )


As I wrote in a recent post about helping your stagers see your space, this is why it is so important for homeowners to make sure your home is clean and edited of items you know you won’t need before your staging.


When staging your home, remember to give each room something that will draw the buyer into the room ...all it takes is a little focus.



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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Some people don't get the meaning of flow Kathy Streib 

I hope you are having an awesome week!

Jan 26, 2017 07:45 AM #13
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Kathy Streib I knew you were good, but this just proves it.

Bill Roberts

BTW What happened to the desk?

Jan 26, 2017 07:46 AM #14
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

the staging and the lighting really helps make this one a home run!

Jan 26, 2017 08:07 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Those pictures told the story, beautifully.  A

Jan 26, 2017 08:34 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy - -- nice transformation.  I wish stagers in our area were more receptive to the idea of using only what was in the home.   It seems in my market, I typically encounter stagers who prefer vacant homes.  

Some savvy stager who would have this as part of their business plan would likely find a very good niche.  Of course, I don't know if this is profitable or not and that may be the reason.      

Jan 26, 2017 09:28 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gita Bantwal the whole class did the staging and it was an excellent learning process.

Sheila Anderson I think it does help when you explain the "why" of what you're doing. 

James Dray it makes a big difference!

Jan 26, 2017 09:32 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Dorie Dillard the eyes definitely have a huge say in what a buyer will buy. 

Barbara Todaro Poor Larry has often come home to a completely rearranged room!


Jan 26, 2017 09:35 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin that's exactly right.  In 2008 I staged a condo that had been on the market for a year.  They had an offer in less than 4 weeks, which in that market was good. 

Ed Silva free staging!  Not bad for them and a great canvas for us. 

Jan 26, 2017 09:36 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi  Maria Sapio we all divided into groups to tackle the townhome!

Hi Gabe Sanders There's much they can do that is very inexpensive. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® With those sliders, two of us were able to move a tall dresser.

Jan 26, 2017 09:40 AM #21
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy you are the best stager  and I wish you lived in my area!!

Jan 26, 2017 10:01 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 airRErealty.com It's so rewarding to see what a seller can do working with just what they have. 

The power of focusing, right! Janice Ankrett 


Jan 26, 2017 10:36 AM #23
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That change made a huge difference. The before didn't interest me at all but yes the second lookd inviting. I would like it even if I wasn't looking for a children's room.

Jan 26, 2017 12:31 PM #24
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - Nice work on that room - it makes a huge difference. And you're right about sliders - they're an essential tool and have saved us many times.

Jan 26, 2017 12:35 PM #25
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Those furniture sliders are a life saver.  We have multiple sets in my basement for thos spur of the moment furniture re-arranging moments.

Jan 26, 2017 01:10 PM #26
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Great idea to move the crib to allow an unencumbered entry to the room.  It really looks great after your staging work did it's magic!

Jan 26, 2017 02:25 PM #27
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hi Kathy: I have a client right now who wants to use his cousin. He's an artist, he says, and he stages homes.

For whom? I asked. Does he get paid? Has he gone to school? What is his degree? What college did he graduate from? Does have a license (he doesn't know you don't need a license). How many homes has he staged? How long has been in the home staging business? Who are his clients? Can I call his clients? Have you seen any homes he has staged, how many? What's his website?

People have little idea what's entailed or why they need a professional stager.

Jan 26, 2017 05:18 PM #28
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

What great advice from a supreme perfectionist.  Kathy Streib certainly knows her stuff when it comes to staging vacant home and owner-occupied homes, too. 

Nice work!

Jan 26, 2017 05:33 PM #29
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved the before and after photo words are almost not needed it just emphasizes the message, Endre

Jan 26, 2017 06:55 PM #30
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent example of the power of staging. Simple change in the arrangement of the furniture makes a huge difference! I love the use of the crib side....very clever!

Whenever I use my furniture moving discs clients are so impressed....I've never had a client who knew they exist. They are a great tool!

Jan 27, 2017 11:52 AM #31
Beth Bromund
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Rochester, MI
REALTOR (248) 651-3500

You beautifully explain the roll of stagers both in words and in photos.  The key is to create rooms that are inviting for the potential buyer so they see themselves living there.  

Feb 24, 2017 05:28 PM #32
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