Staging FAQ’S- Will Staging Help This Outdated Home?

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Staging FAQ’S- Will Staging Help This Outdated Home?


Staging is an excellent tool to use when you are preparing yourHome Staging FAQs home for sale, but it can’t work miracles.


Often, I am asked to stage a vacant home that should be selling but isn’t. The location isn’t the issue but the home needs some updating, needs work on the deck/pool area or needs a good landscaper.



My advice to the agents and their sellers is that before you invest $3500-4500+ to place furniture and accessories in a vacant property, you consider putting that money into areas that are even more important than the superficial appearance.


If your hope is to maximize the investment you already have in your home, your best option is to make sure that buyers will see the value in it via the condition that it’s in.


Most buyers welcome a home that is move-in ready. Even if their plan might involve projects down the road to make the home their own, the ability to move in without waiting for renovations is high on the list.


Here are 4 areas that let your buyer see the value in your home...


1.Invest in sweat equity or a good landscaper and work on your lawn and landscaping. Follow these Curb Appeal Tips.



Find a budget-friendly and cost-effective way to bring your kitchen into 2017. For example, refinish or paint your cabinets, add new hardware, paint! If you can add a new countertop or new appliances. New lighting always helps and is easy and inexpensive to do.


home staging tips3.Flooring

If your carpet is worn or stained, replace it! You could replace one average-sized room for anywhere between $300-600 (depending on size and quality of carpet)

The eyes buy and those eyes will light up if they see hardwood floors.




You’d be surprised how new lights, updated cabinets, hardware, and paint can refresh a room!

If nothing else, replace that large mirror that’s desilvering and add updated light fixtures.



Home Staging isn’t a cover-up or diversion. Its best use is to enhance and highlight the possibilities of your home.


If you need assistance in picking and choosing what is best for your particular home, call me and ask for your personalized staging consultation.



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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You certainly hit the high spots on getting ahome ready and properly. In my 26 years what you named is the focus of most buyers.

Jun 02, 2017 04:59 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy Streib,

As usual you've offered sound advice for sellers. Sellers need to address areas of concern for buyers - paint, flooring, light fixtures and a spotless house will go further than staging a home with furniture and accessories.

Jun 02, 2017 05:53 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - As always, you speak the truth in the most caring way. In addition to what you do, there's a need for a niche for someone like you to assist Seniors who need to move. Physically helping them pack away china and nick knacks from around the world, finding a storage unit that helps them and their familes know what's stored safely, things given away to charity, utilizing concession shops in hopes of getting some money back... all these things are things I'm sure you thought of before now too.  If not, it's just a heads up - that's what I'm seeing as a need in my area. 

Jun 02, 2017 05:58 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great advice to all home owners to understand what staging can acheive and what it cannot.

Jun 02, 2017 06:14 AM #9
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Wisdom to the perfection.

Jun 02, 2017 06:20 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Kathy -- as you wrote -- the basics matter most and should be addressed first.   

Jun 02, 2017 06:38 AM #11
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy Streib I am impressed with your professionalism.

You have given great advice for the seller to prioritize their preparations.

You did not say that staging should always be the first.

Thanks for the great advice. 

Jun 02, 2017 06:45 AM #12
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I'm sure Kathy that you get some pretty interesting challenges with some properties....

Jun 02, 2017 06:52 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is very good advice, as updating a home will certainly help it sell quicker, staging never hurts though, if there is room in the budget.

Jun 02, 2017 06:59 AM #15
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Anyone thinking of selling a home in your area should call you to stage their home.

Jun 02, 2017 07:38 AM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Spend the money where it will do the most good....if that means investing in upgrades and improvements rather than renting furnishings...that's the way to go!

Makes me think of the old saying about lipstick on a pig.  The best of stagers can't make a dated kitchen or stained carpet any more appealing by adding new accessories.

Jun 02, 2017 09:30 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray Smart man!!!!  

I think they are Lise Howe And many buyers have been HGTV'd and expect more. 

Barbara Michaluk you're so right. It doesn't take much.

Jun 02, 2017 10:51 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I still find that many don't fully understand what staging is. 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 exactly. Staging encompasses so much more. 

Thanks Joe Pryor I know that when I view a home for us, I head straight for the kitchen. 

Jun 02, 2017 11:05 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

precisely Dorie Dillard Wise homeowners maintain their properties while they're living in them!

Thank you Patricia Feager And we too have a large number of homeowners who will be transitioning to different lifestyles. So many times, the home need some TLC first. 

Jun 02, 2017 11:10 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 All we want to do is what agents sellers maximize the investment they have in their homes. 

As always Donald Urschalitz Much appreciated!!!

They need to be Michael Jacobs 

Jun 02, 2017 11:12 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you John Wiley Very kind of you to say. 

Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR just as you do!!!  

That's it precisely Brian England 


Jun 02, 2017 11:15 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I appreciate that. Thank you Gita Bantwal 

Sharon Tara you did what you would tell your sellers when you updated your flooring. 

Jun 02, 2017 11:16 AM #23
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - Great post! In our experience, a good stager like you makes a home sell quicker and for more money - it's as simple as that. Have a great weekend!

Jun 02, 2017 01:37 PM #24
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Point well taken to freshen the home with what it needs to show well rather than try to use staging as a solution.  A

Jun 02, 2017 04:30 PM #25
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Professional staging will change the feeling of a dated home and make it far more sale-able.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 02, 2017 08:20 PM #26
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