Vacant Staging - What You Don’t Want to Do

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766

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

 

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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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Roy Kelley great selection for a reblog.... what we often use for high end vacant homes is virtual staging.... and we have one photo of each room enlarged to 36" and display them in each respective room on an easel.... visitors love it...and we have been invited to list a home of a visitor because of the marketing used.... 

Jan 19, 2019 01:23 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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This is a good choice for a reblog. Vacant homes can be tricky.

Jan 19, 2019 03:05 AM #2
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope home sellers will read this post and learn 

Jan 19, 2019 03:41 AM #3
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Thanks for great observatons!!!

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!

Jan 19, 2019 04:01 AM #4
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great re-blog, Roy.  Either completely clean out a home or stage it.  This in-between stuff doesn't work well.

Jan 19, 2019 05:02 AM #5
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great choice for a reblog, Kathy Streib always has the best advice for staging and soon she will have to stage her own home in Houston.

Jan 19, 2019 06:06 AM #6
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Kathy Streib

Jan 19, 2019 06:14 AM #7
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Roy Kelley  - Great selection for a reblog.  I follow Kathy Streib but have missed a lot of days because of my schedule. I will follow up on her blog.

Jan 19, 2019 06:30 AM #8
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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DIY staging if you don't have the "right stuff" is the wrong way to show a house 

Jan 19, 2019 06:11 PM #13
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Roy Kelley
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Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Jan 21, 2019 06:09 AM #14
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