Vacant Staging – Things to Avoid

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          There are different types of home staging and vacant staging is one of the common home staging types out in the market. This is an empty property that is for sale that does not come with any furniture or accessory. When proceeding with vacant staging, you will have to approach any potential home buyer differently. This is due to the fact that vacant properties present different issues for any home seller.


          Vacant properties will obviously appear empty. They have nothing to catch your potential home buyer’s attention. So, it will be a must to make sure your property is thoroughly clean. This is due to the fact that your potential home buyers will likely see the flaws in your property as you have nothing else to divert their attention from those flaws.


          But in reality, most vacant properties land in a sale. Although they might not have the grandiose to be home staged, this is due to certain situations related to a home seller’s time and budget.


          Here are the things to avoid when proceeding with vacant staging:


1. Items

- Most likely, proceeding with vacant staging requires you as a home seller to make sure that your property is empty and clean. This means there should not be any scattered items in it when a potential home buyer comes to view it. It will give them the impression that someone is still living there and there would be possible damages that could happen to your property. This also includes your cabinets. Make sure that your cabinets are empty and do not leave wire hangers in it.



2. Paint

- As you are applying vacant staging, never paint the walls white. Having white as the color of your walls with definitely, make your potential home buyer feel that your property is empty and cold. Yes, there are other properties that are painted with white but you have to remember that you have no other furniture to pair up with the white paint since you are applying vacant staging. So, make sure that you will avoid applying white paint for your walls.


3. Furniture

- Now that you have chosen to do vacant staging, make sure that you also clear up any furniture, accessories, or rugs. Do not use them to cover up the flaws in your property because they will be too obvious. Selling your property and presenting it to potential home buyers is not a game that you can cheat with. Also, these pieces of furniture, accessory, or rugs will distract your potential home buyer as they try to get the big picture of your property in their mind.


4. Condition

- This is the most important part, making sure that your property is in good condition before putting it up in the market. This means you have to repair, update, and clean your property. As stated, the first will be the repairs. As a home seller, it would benefit you to do a home inspection first so that you can have an overview of the things that you need to fix. Letting yourself have the home inspection rather than your potential home buyer would save you face. Also, it would be better to finish these repairs before putting your property in the market. Second, to update. This means you have to update the parts of your home such as the light fixtures, countertops, flooring. These are what your potential home buyer would initially see as they view your property from the inside. It will be essential that you make sure there are no damages and that they are updated. Lastly, make sure it is neat and clean. Your potential home buyer might tap their fingers and slide it in any corner of your vacant property. If they wind up getting dust on their hands, it would leave a negative impression. Dirt, dust, and even grime will catch the attention of your potential home buyer. So make sure to give your property a good scrubbing before showing it off.


5. Cables

- Some home sellers forget the fact that they simply removed their appliances and left out the end of the cable connectors hanging from the wall or even from the ceiling. This will end up as a distraction for your potential home buyer. Instead of seeing the empty space, they would easily see these cords hanging or crawling out from your walls.


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Francisco Peot Richmond Home Sales @ ClockTower Realty Group 1561 E Main St Richmond, VA 23219 Cell- 804-617-3397 Office - 804-505-4274 Licensed realtor in the state of Virginia

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Francisco- well done and as a Home Stager I agree with all of your points. I especially like #5....remove those dangling cable cords in your vacant rooms. They do nothing but distract the buyer. 

Oct 28, 2019 07:33 PM #1
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Great tips for selling an empty home, must be clean and not feel cold making a good impression to future buyers.

Oct 29, 2019 01:54 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Francisco. Those hanging cables present more problems than they solve. Clean is still a critical issue. Great tips! Enjoy your day.

Oct 29, 2019 04:45 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Francisco Peot all good points made here....and I hate to see long cable cords laying on the floor.... your eyes go right to it....

Oct 29, 2019 05:40 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                       Thank you, Francisco!!!

Nov 02, 2019 06:35 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Francisco. This is thoughtful, targeted and very clear. Good job.

Nov 03, 2019 05:48 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nice job Francisco. I"m with Kathy, those cables make me crazy. I try to hide them in my own home, cords and cables are jarring to the eye. I don't ever want to see them. 

Nov 03, 2019 06:49 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Francisco Peot 

Points well taken. Thank you.

Nov 03, 2019 01:15 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afrternoon Francisco Peot - those are great sugtgestions for staging an empty house

Nov 03, 2019 01:35 PM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Francisco Peot great points for staging vacant homes! Some sellers just don't get the importance of putting their best foot forward (per se) to realize the most ROI.  And #5 is one point that is often over looked.

Nov 03, 2019 02:53 PM #10
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Hi and welcome to the Rain. I'm sorry you got targetted by our anonymous spammer.

You make good points about presenting a vacant home - cleanliness is always #1!

Nov 04, 2019 07:47 PM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Many sellers make the decision to list vacant homes rather than stage them with furniture and accessories. Following advice like yours is so important if sellers want buyers to see their property in the best light.

Nov 05, 2019 05:14 AM #16
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I've never heard of the term 'vacant staging'.  I do agree however that vacant homes do not show as well--they must be spotlessly clean. I also appreciate some toilet paper, soap and a towel in the bathroom and freshly washed windows; outside cleaned up as well.  

Nov 05, 2019 02:30 PM #18
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Agree on all points, however, unless a property is in a desirable neighborhood, it probably would be more cost effective to stage the home, a least 3 rooms to accelerate the sale, close. and avoid the continuing mortgage payments.

Nov 17, 2019 09:22 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well done...excellent advice for sellers who decide to sell a vacant home.

Dec 05, 2019 06:01 AM #20
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