Home Staging Tip...Buy for Where You Are Now, Not for Your Dream-Home-To-Be

Home Stager

Buy for Where You Are Now, Not for Your Dream-Home-To-Be


Have you ever walked into a home and your first reaction was that the furniture was too big for the room? It happens to many of us. 


too much

We think we’re saving money by buying furniture for our dream home, not for the one we’re living in now. That dream home will have a larger family room, master bedroom, and dining room, so why not save money and buy it now?!


One of the families I worked with already had their dream home planned out when they moved into their current home. They wanted to wait for their youngest son to complete high school before moving away from his school district 


The mirror and dining table were meant for their next home! Now they engulf their current dining room. 

When it was time to list their home, the space was hard to photograph and see because the furniture they had was for their dream home and far too big for their current space. 


Not only that, the family was tired of what they’d lived with for many years and ready for something new. 


too large



Here are four reasons why you should buy for where you are now…

*Tastes Change - When a friend moved into her current home, she chose a style the opposite of what she’d had for years. We all loved it!!!


*Styles Change-Classics will always be around but each generation brings its own special tweak to it


*Furniture Doesn’t Last Forever

Sofas usually last between 7-15 years depending upon the fabric as well as other factors.

If you have pets or young children, by the time you move, you may be happy to get rid of your old furniture!


*What You Want in Your Next Home Can Change

Life often takes us down paths that we didn’t expect. What you want now may be totally different from what you thought you would want. 



There will always be investment pieces or treasures you’ve inherited that will have a special place in your home. But when you are selecting your everyday pieces, be sure to buy for where you are now.


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Comments (38)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Grant Schneider I think they feel they are saving money, which if you knew for certain that you would be moving in a year or two, would be understandable. 

Kat Palmiotti Many people know that used anything gets very little in return and they think they're saving money. 

Sep 27, 2022 05:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You make an excellent point with this topic, Kathy.  With our current homes, less is often more.

Sep 27, 2022 05:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Sep 27, 2022 05:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin that's it exactly!!! When I suggest to sellers that they store some of their pieces because it's eating up all the space, they cringe. Buyers can't see the space!

Dorie Dillard Austin TX this is so true. People get excited and forget about taking photos and measurements. Then the furniture comes and oops! 

Sep 27, 2022 05:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ed Silva good one!! Or, the room shrunk.

No tacos today Bill Salvatore - East Valley   Hope you enjoy yours!

Sep 27, 2022 05:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 One of my clients had two small pianos but didn't play either one and yet wanted to try to fit them into her next conso. When I asked her why she was keeping them, she said they were in case her grandchildren came over rand wanted to play. 

Sep 27, 2022 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Brian England Thank you and I hope they've helped you. 

Thank YOU Roy Kelley please say hello to Chef Dolores. 


Sep 27, 2022 05:31 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox this is true as well. And if you were moving into a bran dew home, you wouldn't want you tired and worn furniture in it. 

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ok...I hope you'll write a post about that!!!! When we moved from FL to VA, we ditched almost every piece we had because it was too FL!!

Sep 27, 2022 05:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Exactly Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 People will wait until they move to make the changes that they could have been enjoying while they lived in the home!!!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I could never imagine you furnishing your current home for your possible home. It wouldn't work for you. 

Sep 27, 2022 05:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Perfectly said Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I know that my tastes have changed over the years. I'm more into accessories and rather have basic pieces. that are classics. 

George Souto you are spot on with this. We never know, do we. 



Sep 27, 2022 05:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat thank you!!! It points out that size does matter. 

Sep 27, 2022 05:44 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Great advice Kathy Streib. A long time ago, I assisted two sisters with the purchase of their home when they moved from the NY area. They literally bought a home for their furniture, it's just the craziest thing IMHO.

Sep 27, 2022 06:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Those are all great recommendations, Kathy.

I suspect some people simply buy what they like, or maybe what's on sale, but aren't thinking about whether it fits in their current home, or not. Unless the home is pretty expansive, oversize furniture can really detract from the amount of space you have.


Sep 27, 2022 07:58 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

People are weird ducks. I love your title and it is so true Kathy 🙂

Sep 27, 2022 09:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved the message, I enjoy living for now, who knows tomorrow might not be here for me... yes live and enjoy to make your life longer by buying and enjoying things now.... maybe you will live longer that way, Endre

Sep 27, 2022 10:45 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
It would never occur to me to buy furniture for a future home. I have made furniture work for 2 or 3 different homes, though... not that I had planned it that way.  😊

Sep 28, 2022 06:06 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kathy,

Can you imagine monkeying around furniture that is too big for several years.  You would not want to take it anymore, because it gave you so much grief. Plus, with interest the way they are right now, more people may have to put up an upgrade longer than imagined.

Sep 30, 2022 05:16 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As always Kathy Streib, thanks for sharing your decorating prowess 🙂

Sep 30, 2022 08:29 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Unfortunately the best intentions have unexpected consequences.

Oct 01, 2022 08:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I, too, know buyers who shop for homes for their furniture, not for themselves. 

Oct 02, 2022 07:32 PM