Why Can’t I Wait to See If My House Sells Before I Call in a Stager?

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Why Can’t I Wait to See If My House Sells Before I Call in a Stager? 


This is a question that never goes away whether or not there is a plentiful time to stagesupply of homes on the market or homes for sale are hard to find. 


It’s understandable that sellers want to minimize any further dollars spent on a home they are leaving, but it’s important to look at this as an investment into getting their home sold. 


But before you decide to defer investing in improving your home’s presentation, ask yourself these 5 questions…



  1. Do I enjoy keeping my house in model perfect condition every single day?

  2. Do I like having people I don’t know walking through my home?

  3. Do I enjoy having to leave my home for an hour or so while my home is being shown?

  4. Am I willing to lose the home I want because my current home hasn’t sold?

  5. Am I willing to lose potential buyers because they did not like the condition and appearance of my home?


If you answered yes to the above questions, then feel free to play the Wait & See game. But if not, prepare your home for sale BEFORE you put it on the market.

 While a list price that reflects the current market is key and certainly the location is a big factor, the condition of your property needs to reflect the price that you are asking.

Waiting to prepare your home for sale to see “how it goes” is like going on an important job interview in shorts and flip flops.  Are you going to wait until you think you might like the company before you decide to go home and change into a suit and tie or other business-appropriate attire?


Don’t wait to See How It Goes!  As soon as you decide it’s time to sell your home, get it ready to sell!!!


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

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I've met some agents who in my mind were strictly order takers. They gave no guidance to their clients. 

Will Hamm even if they don't hire a stager, they need to listen to their agents and get their house in order. 

Nov 14, 2019 03:41 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider I used to tell my sellers that the cost of staging is a lot less than what their first price reduction would be. 

Michael Jacobs my old neighbor in Florida put his house on the market just to see if it would sell. He did nothing to it and it was on the market for well over 1 1/2 years. 

Nov 14, 2019 03:45 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol Williams more sellers need to see it this way. 

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS 

George Souto it's hard for me to understand why. 

Nov 14, 2019 03:46 PM #26
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® I agree. But, I've looked at MLS photos and have been amazed at what a seller and their agent will upload. 

Hi John Henry, Florida Architect Thanks. I try to keep it simple. 

Nov 14, 2019 03:49 PM #27
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Great tips. I believe in staging big time. Makes a huge difference. Excellent post.

Nov 14, 2019 04:28 PM #28
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Another good question... "Do you want to lose those all-important first few weeks... when you get the most exposure... not looking your best?"

Nov 14, 2019 05:46 PM #30
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Stage and sell is much better than wait and see - selling the house is the goal after all! Proper preparation is a must, and staging is simply part of it. I won't spend money on a professional photographer etc. when a property has not been prepared for the market. 

Thank you for this post Kathy.. I'll share! 

Nov 14, 2019 05:57 PM #31
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You presented your points beautifully.  Hopefully the majority of sellers respond to your sage advice.  A

Nov 14, 2019 08:02 PM #32
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Just wondering, are you still in the staging business since you've moved to Houston?  BTW I was in Houston for an hour yesterday waiting for my flight to NW Arkansas.  It was colder there than in Bentonville

Nov 15, 2019 01:42 AM #33
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Kathy, Every good Realtor should have a stager contact or be able to get one quickly. I show some homes that are gorgeous and show ready and then there are others that need a little help beyond my scope. I'm sure you're able to help many Realtors and sellers in the Palm Beach County area.

Nov 15, 2019 04:08 AM #34
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning Kathy.  What people don't understand is they do everything they can to get the house ready to put on the market and then don't want to stag it.  Homes sell faster when staged.  As soon as I take a listing I am already talking to the sellers about staging.  You don't get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression.  I listed a home a few weeks ago and just did a few staging items.  It went under contract in about 3 days!  The owners came in town and loved what I did with it!  Happy Sellers makes for an easier transaction!

Nov 15, 2019 04:37 AM #35
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

It really is that simple...the first time a home hits the market it should be looking it's best.    No back pedaling.

Nov 15, 2019 06:07 AM #36
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

That's a great response that we can all relate to. No one wants the actual process of selling a home to drag on forever. Getting it over with quickly should absolutely be the goal. Unfortunately, homeowners may not realize how hard the selling process is until they've been through it and that's why we end up with your original question.

Nov 15, 2019 07:01 AM #37
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

That ought to light a little fire under them.  Hire that stager and that that house SOLD!!!!

Nov 15, 2019 07:08 AM #38
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Very good advice, worthy featured post, and excellent questions to ask any seller.

Nov 15, 2019 09:25 AM #39
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

All of your points are well taken and should be shared with all of our Sellers. I completely agree with Alan May also - we all know the "hottest" time for Buyers is when a house is first put on the market. 

Nov 15, 2019 10:37 AM #40
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Good Afternoon Kathy! This is such good information for sellers  in your area and for us here in the rain as well. Thank You!

Nov 15, 2019 01:14 PM #41
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Imagine being on a first date dressed-down in appearnace and explaining to whoever: You should see me dressed-up! First impression still rules the day

Nov 16, 2019 06:21 AM #42
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This is not a case for "better late than never." First impressions are still key when selling a house, no matter what the market.


Nov 17, 2019 05:46 PM #43
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice and a well deserved feature, Kathy!

Dec 05, 2019 01:41 PM #44
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