They Told Me To Remove All of My Furniture...

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They Told Me To Remove All of My Furniture...


It happened again to my caller. They decided to list their home at the beginning of summer, with the hopes of being moved and settled by home stagingthe beginning of the school year. They have already closed and moved into their new home.


Unfortunately, some well-meaning friends told the homeowners that they should remove everything, including their furniture because a vacant home would be easier to sell.


No one told them any different. The caller told me that no one had ever mentioned staging.


And, even though they’d moved, they did leave some items behind.


Well...ok, maybe we can work with it!


After inquiring, I discovered that what they had left was a dresser in one bedroom and an old desk in another. Oh yes, they had patio furniture in the back but it really was old and needed to be trashed.


Had it been painted?

Well, yes, they’d painted the living room, dining room, and family room walls white.  The bedroom walls had nail holes in them. And they never touched the other rooms. But, the wife said she hung some clothes up in the closets!


How about the kitchen...had it been updated?

Minimally...which I took to mean not really.


With very few showings and no offers, the sellers realized they needed to do something.


We discussed their options.


Bringing in furniture and accessories was certainly doable but with their budget in mind, I felt they would be better served if they addressed other conditions of the house.


home stagingFirst step-Remove everything. Lonely items left in a house, without rhyme or reason are distractions.

Second- Address the nail holes in the walls, then paint the whole house a soft neutral color.

Third- Soften the rooms and add texture with items in the kitchen and bathrooms, using what they already had.

Fourth-Make sure that everything in the house sparkled and that every repair had been made.  Check on the curb appeal and make sure that whoever is maintaining their yard is doing a good job.


Vacant homes will sell. But remember it’s all about price!  


The condition must reflect the asking price, and the flip side is that the offer will reflect the condition.


If you have furniture in your house, don’t touch a thing...yet!

Call Room Service Home Staging and ask for a tailored-for-you Home Staging Consultation.



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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

How sad for them.  Someone gave them some really bad advice.  I'm sure you will make their home Happy Again!

Sep 04, 2017 06:52 AM #12
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a darn shame, Kathy! People so often listen to the wrong people for advice. But I know you'll find a solution to make it happen for them!

Sep 04, 2017 07:29 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As usual your advice is spot on perfect.  I am beginning to think that we should find a way to teach everyone the value of critical thinking, and one part of it is researching what is what!  A

Sep 04, 2017 07:36 AM #14
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. This is excellent and very important. Everything sells if you can see it as yours.

Sep 04, 2017 07:37 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray Happy Monday. There were so many things that the seller could have done.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson if only they'd called first!  and it's a shame that they received that advice.

Thank you Gita Bantwal Have a good week.


Sep 04, 2017 07:55 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sharon Lee Thank you so much!!!

Patricia Feager Appreciate it and I thank you. This was not the first time I've heard this story from sellers.

Barbara Todaro Think how much quicker they could have sold their home!



Sep 04, 2017 08:04 AM #17
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy - good point.  Every house situation is different.  PS.  I am watching the hurricane and have someone to put up the shutters.

Sep 04, 2017 08:05 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Absolutely Gabe Sanders Have a Happy Labor Day too!

Wayne Martin I so agree. People mean well but it definitely could cost you money.

Roy Kelley appreciate it! Hope you're feeling better!



Sep 04, 2017 08:07 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Oh no Scott Godzyk they needed to call you first!

Joe Pryor I always think of footsteps echoing in the home.

Belinda Spillman I wish someone had suggested they at the very least paint!



Sep 04, 2017 08:10 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander I had a customer who painted the outside of her home a marine blue and was so proud of it. I couldn't convince her to change it!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I am still amazed that there are people who are unaware of staging and if not the name "staging" but at least the concept.


Sep 04, 2017 08:15 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheila Anderson leaving bits of furniture here and there is more distracting I think.

Grant Schneider Smart move. I'm watching it as well.

Sep 04, 2017 08:24 AM #22
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathy, you are always spot on with your Staging advice - and generally everything else too. Ha. Hire a good stager before you do a thing, then do what they say. Period. 

Sep 04, 2017 08:33 AM #23
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Kathy --  so much for good intentions, right?   Preparing and selling a home includes a well-informed approach.   Onward - upward.  

Sep 04, 2017 08:47 AM #24
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Kathy Streib, some will take advice from family and friends but refuse to hire a professional until they lose their valuable time and money.  Homes will sell regardless of their conditions but as you said the price must reflect the condition.

Sep 04, 2017 09:22 AM #25
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - That was an unfortunate, and costly, series of mis-steps, but they're in good hands now. Happy Labor Day!

Sep 04, 2017 02:06 PM #26
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Kathy as Dick said it is unfortunate that some seller get such bad advice.


The condition must reflect the asking price, and the flip side is that the offer will reflect the condition

Sep 04, 2017 03:23 PM #27
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Call a stager PRIOR to listing! How frustrating and sad for these sellers. Removing all the furniture just makes the negative features pop out even more! You gave them very sound advice, Kathy! Too bad they hadn't talked to you sooner!

Sep 05, 2017 11:08 AM #28
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Great advice! Don't move anything - yet. All of your points were great for increasing curb appeal. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 03, 2017 12:17 PM #29
Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES
Long Realty West Valley - Anthem, AZ
Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate

Yeah, I feel homes with furniture show better.  It gives the buyers an idea of how well their furniture might fit in certain spaces and it also allows them to see how the placement of their furniture might work.  Great post Kathy.

Oct 03, 2017 12:54 PM #30
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Because you are a professional, your four steps regarding an empty house rang clear as a bell especially to describe the lonely feeling of a few abandoned items.  I always find your blogs interesting. I also enjoyed your latest blog about where has the time gone.   

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