Vacant Staging - What You Don’t Want to Do

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These are excellent tips for sellers to avoid when it comes to staging a vacant home. What a good post, Kathy Streib.

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 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 (8)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Debbie,

Excellent re-post. Better to do it right.

Nov 06, 2018 07:56 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I hope others will read it too 

Nov 07, 2018 02:33 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Debbie. You can't go wrong with Kathy's advice! Enjoy your day!

Nov 07, 2018 04:19 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debbie, Kathy always offers great advice and is a staging pro. Thank you for sharing her post.

Nov 07, 2018 04:59 AM
Ralph Post
Suntree, FL
Melbourne Florida - Exp Realty LLC

Good Morning Debbie.  Good points given  A vacant home can create challenges at times. It is good to make sure the  garage is cleaned out and yard is kept up also.

Nov 07, 2018 05:08 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy provides great tips here. I will stop by her post and leave a comment.

Nov 07, 2018 06:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debbie- thank you so much for the reblog. 

Nov 07, 2018 07:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Nov 10, 2018 08:54 AM