Vacant Staging - What You Don’t Want to Do

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 0225085927

If you're thinking about selling your vacant home, which is not going to be staged,  here are some excellent tips from a professional home stager.  There are things you can do to enhance your home and definitely things NOT to do if your home is going to remain vacant and unstaged.  

Original content by Kathy Streib

Vacant Staging - What You Don’t Want to Do

 

If you are considering selling your property and leaving it vacant or are an investor with a vacant property, there are tips to help you make sure that it stands out to all potential buyers.

 

Empty properties can present a different set of issues for sellers.

 

vacant staging don't

Vacant homes have nothing to cushion footsteps and voices, so buyers will feel like everything they say echoes throughout the house.

Even with overhead lights, vacant homes can appear dark. There are no table or floor lamps to provide additional lighting.

With nothing else to catch their eyes, buyers are more likely to see the flaws.

 

Vacant homes do sell, though. And while it would be nice for all vacant homes to have been professionally staged, sometimes time and/or the bottom line don’t allow for it,

 

So here are some things that you don’t want to do if you are selling your vacant property…



Vacant Staging Don’ts

 

1. Don’t paint the walls all white- they only serve to make the room appear cold and empty.

There are some beautiful professionally designed all-white rooms (I loved the all-white kitchen in the movie Something’s Gotta Give) but they also have accessories to break up the white.

 

2. Don’t leave items scattered here and there thinking this is staging.  

It’s confusing to the buyer...is someone living here? Have they not yet moved out?

 

vacant staging don'ts

 

3.  Don’t leave hangers, etc in closets.

There’s nothing more “buy me” inspiring than seeing a few wire hangers left in closets!!!

 

hangers in closets

 

4. Don’t forget the style of the house you are staging

If you do decide to stage the property, keep the style and color palette of the home in mind. Placing ultra contemporary furnishings in a Tuscan style home can be a head-scratcher.  And bringing your brown bathroom towels to use in a grey bathroom won't cut it!

 

5. Don’t think that you can use furniture, rugs, and accessories to hide or cover up a flaw

This is true whether your property is vacant or occupied. Small throw rugs eat up square footage and break up the visual a buyer is looking at.

 

6. Don't leave cable cords curling out of your walls.

When a buyer looks into your room, instead of seeing the space, they'll see a cable cord crawling out of the wall. Very distracting.

 

7. Don’t neglect something more important than furniture and accessories...the condition of your property.

This is key. The condition is important for your property...occupied or vacant to get top dollar.

deferred maintenance

 

First, invest in any repairs that are needed.

Update where needed if you hope to get top dollar. This may include your light fixtures, appliances, countertops, or flooring.

Clean in, around and under. Dirt and grime will catch a buyer’s eye immediately.

 

Vacant homes will sell but like occupied homes, they need to be able to catch the eye of the buyer!

 

 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (15)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is an excellent choice for a re-blog, Susan. I too found it refreshing. Kudos to Kathy Streib for another winner. D

Nov 01, 2018 09:36 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon again Susan. This is a great choice for a re-blog and Kathy did a great job.

Nov 01, 2018 10:50 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Susan - some very important tips from our friend Kathy Streib 

Nov 01, 2018 10:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Susan- thank you so much for reblogging this. 

Nov 01, 2018 06:14 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Kathy Streib  Thanks for such an excellent post to reblog!

Nov 02, 2018 05:16 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Susan, I agree this is an excellent post that Kathy writes on vacant home staging.

Nov 15, 2018 07:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Susan- I had to stop by to thank you for your Thanksgiving wishes. 

                                         

Nov 22, 2018 06:42 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great pointers, Susan - I missed this post and glad I popped over to say hello today! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2018 06:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan, hope all is well with you I just wanted to stop in and wish  you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend, Endre

Nov 23, 2018 08:50 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I suppose this is the entirety of my job description haha! Great point to get people on the ball, so to speak. Nice work!

Nov 27, 2018 10:13 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you so much for this re-blog. You always wonder what you can do to make a blank space feel a little bit warmer Susan Haughton 

Nov 29, 2018 07:41 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A great choice of reblog Susan Haughton , cant beat the vacant homes with a chair, extension cord and 1 light. 

Nov 29, 2018 03:39 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Vacant staging never looks real on the examples  I have seen..

Dec 06, 2018 11:39 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan, just wanted to check in since it has been a while, hope all is well with you and are just busy because of the Holidays, Endre

Dec 13, 2018 10:49 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hope the New Year is off to a great start for you Susan Haughton - sending you the best. D 

Jan 10, 2019 09:16 AM