Can a Staging Go Wrong? You Bet It Can!

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Can a Staging Go Wrong? You Bet It Can!

 

The other day I popped into the Q&A Section of ActiveRain and saw questionsomething from Jeff Dowler, CRS .

 

He asked if anyone had seen a staged house that was not well done! I had to raise my hand because I certainly have.

 

Granted that much of what our eyes see is subjective and a matter of personal preference but there are some things that can make almost anyone say “ouch!”

 

Here are a few I have seen...

 

1.Too much

This was the case in several model homes I saw once. There was so much eye candy that you forgot about the house itself.

In the powder room was a huge mirror that overwhelmed the room and on one of the tables was a centerpiece that was almost as large as the table.

Another stager had placed faux flowers on every table in the room. There was another huge arrangement on the dining room table.

 

over staged

 

2.Not enough

We all have to work within some kind of budget or time constraint. If that’s the case, nothing is better than just something.

Placing a table and 4 chairs in a corner or a small floral arrangement in the corner of the kitchen isn’t staging.

 

staging don't

 

3.Mismatched

Furniture that is out of proportion for the room or not in sync with the character of the room can be a distraction.

There was a house that had been staged by an agent who thought it would be good to bring pieces from their own home as well as pieces that had been borrowed from her fellow agents. The whole look was mid-century Thrown together!

 

 

Good staging can help a buyer see the possibilities of a house. But you never want it to be the first thing that your buyer sees. It should be a part of the whole visual and emotional experience for the buyer.

 

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Donald Urschalitz no kidding!!! I've seen some that were doozies.

Roy Kelley I know many agents who have a good flair for it. 

Wayne Martin I agree that balance is important.

Apr 16, 2019 08:38 AM #12
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson I saw one that should have been left vacant.

That's exactly right Beth Atalay You have to let the buyers see the house!!!

Bob "RealMan" Timm oh yes, the mattresses!!!

Apr 16, 2019 08:44 AM #13
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Hello Kathy, I have seen some that is not enough and I wonder why they try that.  Would you say it is better to do 2 rooms good and leave the other rooms empty.

 

Apr 16, 2019 08:53 AM #14
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Kathy - all staging(and all stagers) are not created equal.

Apr 16, 2019 09:13 AM #15
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I once saw a home where an assistant just started throwing stuff  everywhere.  Flowers in the window sills were odd.  Hand soap/lotion caddies in the showers also weird.  That assistant hadn't a clue what she was doing.

Apr 16, 2019 10:50 AM #16
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Apr 16, 2019 10:52 AM #17
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kathy Streib - Once you find a skillful and artistic stager who is also budget conscious, don't let them go!  I have had only one bad incident using a stager. It wasn't the stager fault. It was a remarkable job and helped make the entire house pop. All I will say is... I released this listing. 

Apr 16, 2019 11:14 AM #18
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Brian England
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You make some great points and I have certainly seen homes that were poorly staged.  Kudo's to Jeff Dowler, CRS for inspiring you to raise your hand!

Apr 16, 2019 11:18 AM #19
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Thanks for sharing your staging wisdom here, Kathy. There is certainly some good staging and some that is not, although for the most part what I have seen is good. I have seen a few model homes that were really over the top, too!

Jeff

Apr 16, 2019 11:22 AM #20
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kathy... in the wrong hands, just about anything can go wrong. Those pictures you shared were quite "scary." Just can't imagine anyone being seduced by them on-line or during a visit to the home. Better a home is empty.

Apr 16, 2019 12:50 PM #21
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Norma J. Elkins if all you notice are the accessories and furniture, that's not good. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty the house is the star...not the furnishings. 

Apr 16, 2019 12:59 PM #22
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Will Hamm it can be expensive to stage a whole house. Most sellers opt to have the primary rooms such as the kitchen, one dine-in area, one living area and the master bedroom and bath staged. 

Michael Jacobs just like the rest of the world, right?

Apr 16, 2019 01:20 PM #23
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Kathy,

An excellent post, and it depends who is staging.  I have seen over the top amateur staging that made me want to laugh...A

Apr 16, 2019 01:22 PM #24
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Chris Ann Cleland thanks for the feature in your group. There was one I saw that had plastic flowers in the garden box above the sink.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® stagers I have never yet met a stager whose primary focus wasn't getting the home sold in a timely manner. 

Apr 16, 2019 01:30 PM #25
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Brian England I rarely go to the Q&A so may have to spend more time there. 

Jeff Dowler, CRS I can remember years ago, Larry walked into one of his recently staged model homes and had the decorator return and redo it. 

 

Apr 16, 2019 01:37 PM #26
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Nina Hollander I have to agree. I'd rather see a vacant home than distracting staging. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel oh yes. I need to get back out and tour more model homes. Some are very well done but some just leave you wondering. 

Apr 16, 2019 01:38 PM #27
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Kathy home staging is an art in my opinion, and requires skills that many people like myself do not have.

Apr 16, 2019 03:12 PM #28
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Morning Kathy.

Seldom do we see a home staged in our area.  When we do it is on the higher end ones.  Those are also far and few in-between

Apr 17, 2019 01:41 AM #29
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 I have seen an abundance of these mistakes recently and it really affects the feel for the home on the market, Kathy Streib 

Apr 17, 2019 03:29 AM #30
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Sharon Tara
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I've seen many poor stagings....staging gone wrong.

Sometimes it's an agent thinking they know what staging is,

sometimes it's a seller who has watched too much HGTV,

sometimes it's actually a "professional" stager who really has no business being in the business. 

 

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