Home Staging…What NOT to Expect

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Home Staging…What NOT to Expect


Styling your house for buyers when it is for sale has never gone away, even in a seller’s market. However, with changes in some markets, sellers may want to consider putting more effort into ensuring that their house appeals to as many buyers as possible. 


By now almost everyone is familiar with the concept of home staging…making sure that their home and all of its possibilities are shown to prospective buyers. 



If you’ve never used the services of a home staging professional you may be leery so here’s what NOT to expect from a home staging professional…


Home Stagers Are Not There To Judge Your Decorating Style

We may not tell you, but stagers have design “quirks” in their own homes!  We’re there to do a job and that’s to assess what you have.

We WILL make suggestions about how you can showcase your home to appeal to a broad range of potential buyers. 


Home Stagers Will Not Hide Things

If you have cracks in your tile or carpet stains, for example, we WILL suggest you address them but will never recommend trying to hide them. 

A novice investor/seller once asked me to cover the area beneath the bed in the master bedroom because the newly laid flooring was done incorrectly. And it showed! My suggestion...get the vendor back and have it done correctly.


Home Stagers Will Not Tell You to Remove All Personal Items 

We understand that you have to live in your home while it is being sold so there will be some things you absolutely need…medication and personal toiletries, for example. 

We WILL show you how you can store these items so that they will be out of the way during showings.


Home Stagers Will Not Tell You That You Have to Paint Your Home

That will always be your choice. 

However, we WILL show you through apps 

the difference paint can make in letting your buyers see past taste-specific colors or old paint. 


Home Stagers Will Not Tell You What to Do

Some sellers worry that stagers will give you a laundry list of items that must be completed.
What a seller decides to do to prepare their home for sale is always their choice. 



My clients  WILL receive a list of suggestions…The top priority will include items that we strongly suggest they address (such as painting, repairs, and cleaning). The second tier lists items that would be nice if it fits in the seller’s budget as well as their desire to maximize the investment they have. 


Bottom Line…

It’s your home and your choice. We’re there to lend you our expertise and guidance to help you sell your home. 


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Comments (34)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I agree, Wayne Martin we can make suggestions but it's then up to the seller.

Michael Jacobs it has been amazing to see what some sellers consider when it comes to preparing their home for sale. I have no idea why they would think someone would want to buy something like it. 

Aug 09, 2022 12:28 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Great post Kathy Streib, those who have worked and listened to experienced Home Stagers can certainly pick out the ones that would be helpful when selling a home.


Aug 09, 2022 12:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sham Reddy CRS it was so good seeing you today at the Zoom meeting. 

Brian England just like you want to work with the best agent you can. 

Dorie Dillard Austin TX there were times when I walked into a consultation and the sellers had fear on their faces. They were scared to hear what I was going to say. 

Aug 09, 2022 12:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kat Palmiotti Thank YOU! Years ago there was a home staging show and the stagers were scary!  I can see why some sellers might be afraid of having a stager come into their home. 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I think it's important to remember that the decisions are up to the seller. All we can do is provide suggestions. 

Aug 09, 2022 01:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker you have a professional working with you!!!  And good for you for making sure that your properties look their very best. 

Ray Henson one of my favorite clients had little throw rugs around his kitchen floor...oddly placed. He was trying to hide the cracks in his tile! I told him you can't hide them and the rugs were calling more attention to the floor because of the way they were placed. 

Aug 09, 2022 01:11 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Great explanation of what home stagers really do Kathy!  Some folks are a bit leary about somebody telling what's 'wrong' with their home - which is nothing -  except if they're looking to attract the best range of buyers and receive the best ROI.

Aug 09, 2022 01:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox i've seen that happen as well. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley happy Taco Tuesday to you too!!!

Roy Kelley working on staying cool and hydrated!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Aug 09, 2022 01:14 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I love the way you say it!!!!   People like to know that they have choices.

Will Hamm hi and hope all is well with you too!!!  

Aug 09, 2022 01:16 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Kathy Streib I had an unstager once. It was awful. Lauren

Aug 09, 2022 02:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

There's plenty of valuable information here that could allay fears that some sellers might have about using a staging professional when selling.


Aug 09, 2022 06:03 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Home sellers are sure to value your home staging thoughts, Kathy!  I especially like that you suggest not hiding flaws.

Aug 09, 2022 08:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 09, 2022 08:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Where is the LOVE Button to this post, where is the FEUTURE Button? how can I say what an awesome post, thank you Kathy,  Endre

Aug 09, 2022 10:55 PM
Carol Williams

The Feature Fairies apparently heard you, Endre Barath, Jr. . 😊

Aug 11, 2022 06:57 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love how you explain this clearly so that anyone benefits from your advice.  Great post!

Aug 10, 2022 03:23 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You make a wonderful point regarding how home staging can help sell a property in any market. The last home I sold was over 6,000 square feet of living space and the stager did an amazing job using muted colors and pieces so potential buyers could see themselves there, Kathy. Great post!

Aug 10, 2022 05:42 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

All great suggestions. When I use a stager we work as a team and do most of the decluttering as we go ~ asking the seller to have 3 boxes for each room. Keep, toss and donate. This way the seller feels they have some control and lots of pressure off of them. Sellers can go through boxes later if they have second thoughts about a donation item. Meanwhile they have to pack anyway - RIGHT! 

Aug 11, 2022 06:25 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kathy, I love your point here about not hiding the imperfections of the listing. That is Never the right move.

Aug 11, 2022 08:23 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

You always have great advice to share.  This is your business, and you are a true expert.

I have always believed in having a home staging consultation.  When the market was hot, homes didn't last a week on the market, so there was less reason to have staging.  I recently got a bid on a home, and it was $5000.

We are taking the home off the market and completely clearing all the furnishings and will evaluate it after the paint job is done.

Aug 12, 2022 03:11 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Like you, I address many of these same items when meeting with the seller. I can't MAKE them do anything. Fortunately most of my sellers want max dollars from their sale and are happy to listen to the most simple suggestions.

Aug 15, 2022 12:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy - you are very empathetic in your presentation helping people see the value of making these edits.

Aug 17, 2022 03:52 AM