But where would the couch and the TV go?

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

I was showing a vacant property in Elkridge, MD today. It is a very nice house with lovely finishes - trendy gray wood floors, white kitchen cabinets with light gray granite, tiled back-splash and black stainless steel appliances. Clearly, the investor has done a great job with this property. But, he did not have it staged before he put it on the market and thus, instead of noticing the lovely finishes, my buyer kept wondering where his couch and TV could go

Staging is not just something we advise our seller clients to do for no reason. 

a staged home in Silver Spring, MDStaging a property serves a real purpose. It is money well spent and can make all the difference. It turns a house into a home, allows the buyers to envision living in the property and shows how furniture can be arranged to make the floor plan work! Not all buyers can imagine a vacant house as a fully furnished home. It needs to be presented to them. 

The detached single family home that I showed in Elkridge, MD today has been on the market for more than 2 months! It is the only home currently FOR SALE in this subdivision, it is located in desirable school district, the townhomes down the street are selling like hot cakes. It is priced spot on. Although it is lacking a garage which is probably a contributing factor why it did not sell right away, it is still surprising that it is not yet under contract or sold. 

As a listing agent I would have strongly advised the sellers contact a home stager before I meet with the professional photographer and before we put the house on the market. One of the staging companies in Silver Spring, MD and beyond I can highly recommend is Flavell Home Staging. Jessica Flavell has done a phenomenal job in a few of my listings and there is no doubt in my mind that she would have done a phenomenal job in that listing in Elkridge as well. 

Staging done right can make all the difference. Buyers entering a staged property will never wonder but where would the couch and the TV go

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860


Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.




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Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
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Hi, Andrea Bedard this is an excellent post for sellers to understand the benefits of staging. I often have people ask if I think a King or Queen sized bed will fit into a bedroom. Without furniture, a bedroom looks smaller than it is. When I pull out a measuring tape and show them the space their bed would take up, they can see that there is room. What about all the other agents who are not carrying a measuring tape? Definitely worth staging, especially if the house is not selling compared to the competition! Great post, Andrea!

Oct 08, 2018 06:57 PM #1
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I have clients fighting me on staging. They think it does nothing, that it's fabricated and there are no facts supporting higher sales, and they don't like Barbara Swartz, either.

All I have to say to them is so you want to attract a buyer who will lowball? Leaving money on the table doesn't bother you?

Oct 08, 2018 06:57 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Andrea- well written!!! Staging is not just for presenting a "feel good" sense for the buyer. Where the television and sofa will go is one of the first things I think of when I stage a vacant property. Why make the buyer wonder?  In Florida we have a lot of condos with what I call the bowling alley living area. These need to be staged so that a buyer doesn't just see a long narrow room. 

Oct 09, 2018 08:16 AM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Andrea Bedard, this is an excellent post. Some sellers don't see the value but staging a home prior to listing definitely attract more buyers, possibly more money as well.

Oct 20, 2018 03:08 PM #4
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