Home Staging Tips...This Is All I Ask!

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Home Staging Tips...This Is All I Ask!


Recently I asked whether there was a minimum price point for you to consider for a property to be staged. 


While I never had a minimum price point for me to stage a home, I did have some maximums that I asked for before I agreed to take the project. 




  1. The maximum commitment to do what they need to do to get it sold.

  2. The maximum effort to edit items that are eating up space.

  3. The maximum effort to clean under, over, on top of, and around every inch of their home.

  4. The maximum effort their budget will allow to update and repair suggested items.

  5. Their maximum effort to listen to what their agent and I recommend.


Agents and Stagers will do their best 

to maximize the return on your

 investment in your home. 

All I ask is that you do your part!!

Comments (25)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - ones effort as well as execution(implementation) can go a long way in making a home staging success story occur.  

Apr 30, 2021 04:35 AM
Kathy Streib

This is a reason why I never wanted the agent to pay for my services. I wanted the sellers to pay for it themselves. They are more likely to buy into what you're saying. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:15 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If they won't at least put forth their maximum effort then no amount of coaching will help them, haha.

Apr 30, 2021 04:37 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree, Brian- And I learned that you don't have to take every job!

Apr 30, 2021 01:15 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - that hits home with me in my business too.  I can help but they need to do what is asked.  All I ask!

Apr 30, 2021 04:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly, Grant- what you say will fall on deaf ears if they aren't committed to it. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Kathy... exactly what I ask for from my clients, as well. I give maximum effort and want maximum effort back from my clients to help them sell their homes.

Apr 30, 2021 04:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Nina- I think that once you're in the business for any length of time, you realize that it's ok to say "no" to someone. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:17 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

All so true Kathy. Now if only the sellers get this, the process would go so much more smoothly!

Apr 30, 2021 05:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Larry and Sheila- I can remember a client's wife who absolutely did not want to move. She said "no" to everything until I sat down and spoke with just her. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:18 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning, Kathy,

What a perfectly stated post.  It goes right to the heart of the matter.  A

Apr 30, 2021 05:10 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Ron and Alexandra- Thank you, I appreciate it. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:19 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net


Some great staging tips for sure.  Its Friday!! The weekend is in sight.  Thanks again for the post. Bill Salvatore

Apr 30, 2021 05:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Bill-will be watching the horse race on Saturday. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:20 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We just met with former buyer clients last night. They are now going to become seller clients. What we both loved hearing, "Please be honest and tell us everything we need to do to get this place ready to sell. We will do anything within reason that you suggest." It was music to our ears. 

Apr 30, 2021 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Music to my ears, Debb and Bernie!!!   One of my favorite clients was like that!  He even made me espresso while I was there!

Apr 30, 2021 01:20 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Sometimes sellers just don't want to hear that their home needs work. Those that don't listen to suggestions just won't get the same amount of money for their home. 

(Good morning!)

Apr 30, 2021 06:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kat- I think it's hard for many sellers. The whole process can become overwhelming. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:22 PM
Kat Palmiotti

It is, Kathy Streib  - ps tagging works!

Apr 30, 2021 02:09 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, since every Seller wants the MAX for their home, they do need to go the distance, as we do for them!  

Apr 30, 2021 06:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan- One of my clients was a lovely older woman who was a former agent. She stood firm that when there was a showing, she was going to be there to tell them all about her house. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:23 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! Oh, how I would have loved to have worked with you 

Apr 30, 2021 07:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Rocky, now that would have been fun!!!! 

Apr 30, 2021 01:24 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Kathy and greattips and that why I would hire you in a heartbeat.  Thanks


Apr 30, 2021 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will- I think that many sellers know what to do...they just need some encouragement. 

Apr 30, 2021 01:24 PM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Kathy, often is the case where the seller's intent is for maximum participation but the result is something far less and the inexperienced stager gets the blame. Thanks for sharing!

Apr 30, 2021 01:57 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy these are five important commitments, especially number 5.

Apr 30, 2021 03:20 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy great point!  I viewed several homes today that clearly the sellers went to maximum effort to make the home look warm, welcoming and ready to move into.  It makes a HUGE difference.

Apr 30, 2021 04:50 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Nothing done halfway is going to get the full payoff.

Apr 30, 2021 07:03 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It seems to be a trend of max effort Kathy Streib, I agree 🙂 

Apr 30, 2021 10:48 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's one of those times where I find that commonsense is not that common. Right on

Apr 30, 2021 11:35 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Never had any client ask me about staging.  Pity, some homes would sell a lot faster if they would stage them

May 01, 2021 12:14 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Yes to it all!

What is the point of paying for a staging consult if you don't learn anything from it and make the necessary updates???

May 07, 2021 01:05 PM