Don’t Buy for the House You Want…

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Don’t Buy for the House You Want…

There’s a saying when you’re working that you should dress for the position or job you hope to have.  

That may work for getting ahead in the corporate world but not when you’re decorating your home. 

 

too much furniture

 

As a home stager, I’ve seen it all too often. Knowing that you will eventually move to a larger home, you don’t want to have to buy all new furniture when you do move. 

 

However so often in doing so you purchase pieces that are too large for the home you’re currently living in. They’re comfortable and you love them. And you know that they’ll work out in your new home that you may or may not move into years down the road. 



Think about this…

~Let’s say you move in 5 or 7 years. And let’s say you have children. How do you think that furniture is going to look and wear after being lived on by active children?  

 

~In 5 or 10 years, chances are you’ll be sick of looking at that oversized furniture and you’ll want a different style or color. 

~When you do put your home on the market, your agent and stager are going to tell you that your oversized sofa and loveseat are eating up space in your home and buyers can’t see the space. 

 

too much furniture

 

Do yourself a favor...when purchasing furniture and furnishings for your home, purchase for what will work best in that home...not for the one you hope to have. 

 

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Sharon Lee
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Very good advice. Even after all I got rid of. I still have some things I don't need. 

Aug 20, 2019 08:06 AM #11
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kathy,  You are so right , times changes thinks from having young kids , to teens  to emply nestors.  Than to sell,  Listen to a stager and Realtor!

 

Aug 20, 2019 08:10 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Kathy Streib - this was a characteristic of my parents who always wanted to buy forever.

Aug 20, 2019 09:32 AM #13
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Pat Champion
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Great advice and tips for the home owner. Thanks for sharing , I hope you have a great afternoon.

Aug 20, 2019 09:39 AM #14
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

We agree with you.  I would rather buy for a new home, than plan on the future bigger home.  It makes more sense to me.  A

Aug 20, 2019 10:26 AM #15
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Hi Kathy Streib your post made me smile. I thought about how many times I've walked into a home and the furniture is MASSIVE and way to big for the size of the home. And they said....we thought it work when we upsized!!  Well ....no, not really, but there are ways to show your home in the best light (we break up the set). The idea of buying furniture before  you every buy a new home seems so weird to me!  I have never done that. In fact buying new stuff is fine with me. Like you said, there's a point when I want a new look!

Aug 20, 2019 10:47 AM #16
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Kathy Streib,

The first thing I saw and questioned was - how do they get over that couch in the top pic?  This is something that does need to be discussed more with homeowners.

Aug 20, 2019 01:09 PM #17
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Rose Mary Justice I think many of us do. 

Barbara Todaro you knew where the important areas of your house are!!! 

Nina Hollander I think that many people starting out buy the furniture they hope to put into their next home. 

Aug 20, 2019 03:36 PM #18
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Donald Urschalitz and that's hard to do when you have outsized furniture in your home. 

Wayne Martin I consulted on a home a few years ago and every piece of furniture was purchased with their dream home in mind. 

Aug 20, 2019 03:39 PM #19
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Scott Godzyk for many it has to do with comfort and having enough room for their family and friends. 

Dave Rosenmarkle that could be. Furniture is so expensive that many don't want to have to buy new pieces when they move. 

Aug 20, 2019 03:41 PM #20
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Michael Jacobs I channeled Marie Kondo when I was editing my things in preparation for our move to Texas. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty you know, I think people get carried away and they also feel like they have to fill every space. 

Aug 20, 2019 03:43 PM #21
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Brian England you are so lucky!!!

Sharon Lee I got rid of a lot when we moved back to Texas and now unless I really need something, I resist the urge to buy it. 

 

Aug 20, 2019 03:45 PM #22
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Will Hamm I remember when we bought our first sofa and thought we'd have it forever. It's been long gone!

Grant Schneider many of our parents did that, but they also didn't move much!

Hi Pat Champion hope you're having a great week!

Aug 20, 2019 03:47 PM #23
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel That's because you're smart and practical. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 even my niece made the mistake of buying for her next house. She realizes it now. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I think they had to walk out one door to the patio and come in through the patio door there! LOL

Aug 20, 2019 03:50 PM #24
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Your photos are a testament to furniture that looks grand in a larger home can completely overpower one that is smaller.

Aug 20, 2019 05:15 PM #25
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 20, 2019 05:16 PM #26
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The sectional couch is often my worst enemy. Thank you for sharing Kathy Streib 

Aug 20, 2019 09:26 PM #27
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James Dray
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Morning Kathy.

Sounds like you've been talking to my wife.  I like the size and colors of the furniture she picks out.  

Aug 21, 2019 01:53 AM #28
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Sharon Tara
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So true. I've seen it far too many times. People do love to cram huge furniture into little rooms!

Aug 21, 2019 03:40 PM #29
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Hi Kathy

That's pretty wise advice and I have seen it often. And then there are those who have a ton of furniture in their big house but plan to move to a smaller one.

Jeff

Aug 22, 2019 07:56 AM #30
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