Big Screen TVs are Great to Watch, but NOT so Great to Look At

Home Stager with A1A Home Staging LLC

As a home stager, one of my biggest challenges is the big screen TV.  I'm not talking about the ones that sit in a built-in, or on a pretty piece of furniture, or mount on a wall.  I am talking about the self-standing giant boxes that create a huge black rectangular hole in the room. 

To compound the problem, I usually find these giants in the living room, right next to the fireplace, and partially blocking the windows with the great ocean view. 

Understandably, the homeowner wants to be able to comfortably sit on their sofa and watch television while also keeping an eye on the Atlantic Ocean and the cozy fire in the fireplace.

These big plastic boxes become the focal point that draws the eye and unfortunately take attention away from the room itself.  Homeowners are reluctant to store away their main source of entertainment and if you are lucky enough to find another room where it will work, moving a big screen TV can be expensive (new cable connection, speakers, etc.).

I recently visited a home where there really wasn't anywhere to place the television in the room where it would be less obtrusive.  Converting a bedroom to a "media" room was not an option because then the home would only have two bedrooms.  The realtor felt the seller would not be willing to remove the set.  

I recently watched a staging show on HGTV where the conversation went something like this:

Stager:  How would you feel about removing this TV to open up the room and let the buyers' eyes fall on the fireplace and view?

Seller:  No, I really want to keep the TV.

Stager:  Well, do you really want to keep the TV, or do you really want to sell the house?

In the next scene, the TV was moved out, furniture rearranged, accessories added - VOILA!  Beautiful room.  If it were only that easy ...


Comments (11)

Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

What is it with Big T.V.'s anyway? They are like giant dust collectors! Not to mention they are a bit unattractive.  My experience with sellers it that, using the dialog you presented, the would say something along the lines "Oh I want to sell my house but I really love the T.V. and I think it just ads to the house" So I agree with you,  If it were only that easy...

Jul 09, 2008 08:49 AM
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Anita,

Poignant blog. Thankfully the over-sized monstrosities are careening towards obsolescence. I love the bit about selling the house or keeping the TV.


Jul 11, 2008 06:59 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I swear I run into one of these in every house I do, plus a fireplace, and a back wall of windows, so I'm working with 3 focal points.  Drives me crazy!  I've actually got most of the people to move them, which helps, they are such an eye soar.

Jul 11, 2008 04:05 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Great way to get the point across.  Do you want to sell the house or not.

The next buyer is not going to bring in on of those TVs    They won't be able to pay for the shipping on them.

I had one of those big things for over 15 years before it died.  Thank the lord we could replace it with a flat screen mounted on the wall.   It opened up the whole room

Jul 12, 2008 12:55 AM
Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
Re:Style, LLC

You are so right about the big TV problem. I have started telling my clients that staging is about making the features of the house stand out. Then I ask them, "Are you selling the fireplace, or the TV?" They get the point right away! If they insist on having a TV, I give them the perfect excuse to buy a new flat screen....which they can take with them. Some have seized this opportunity with delight!

Jul 12, 2008 03:17 PM
Anita Hoppenstand
A1A Home Staging LLC - Palm Coast, FL
A1A Home Staging LLC

Aloha Kimo,  The big giant monsters are heading toward obsolescence??  Can this be true?  Oh, I hope you are right - it would certainly make things a lot easier for us.  Thanks for commenting.  And thanks for the beautiful Hawaiian blogs.

Cindy, it sounds like you and I are going to the same places.  I FEEL YOUR PAIN!  I hope I can have the same success as you in getting clients to move them. 

Virginia, lucky you - I love those wall mounted flat screens.  Do they take a lot of hardware to install?

Kathi, I like your line "are you selling the fireplace, or the TV" - it really gets the point across.  Thanks for comment.


Jul 13, 2008 05:31 AM
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

The flat screens are becoming the norm now and pretty much all you can buy in the stores now, thank goodness!  They can be mounted to the wall, which needs a lot of work with the drywall and  cable and power outlets moved directly behind the screen.  They also look good sitting on a cabinet.  Another option I have seen is having it mounted to the wall and a wide wood frame custom built around it.  There are also "walls" that you can mount on hardware just 6 inches from the wall and have the tv mounted to that so that all the cords go behind the faux wall.  Looks pretty good.  The faux walls come in many finishes and sizes. 

Jul 14, 2008 06:44 AM
Anita Hoppenstand
A1A Home Staging LLC - Palm Coast, FL
A1A Home Staging LLC

Hi Lisa.  Sorry I have taken so long to get back to this blog.  I have seen homeowners trying to remove flat screens from the wall and have seen the hole in the wall necessary to house the flatscreen's cables, etc.  This creates a whole new dilemma in home selling doesn't it?  I mean, if someone purchases a home that had a flat screen and the seller takes the screen with them, the buyer is left with a hole in the wall - literally.  Hmmm - I may see another blog coming here ...

Thanks for your good information.


Jul 18, 2008 08:50 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

The agents will have to pay attention with big screen TV.  Make sure their purchase agreements are clear.

Jul 18, 2008 09:19 AM
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

It is not so easy getting them to move the TV BUT I have had success with this. Ask and you will find out that 9 out of 10 times they have another TV they could watch instead. I once was at a consult and the TV was in such a weird location in the LR that the realtor was going crazy. The realtor said they will never move it. I asked the clients if there was another TV they could watch besides that one and they said "Oh that one is broken we haven't watched that in years" I thought the realtor was going to die...Hey I asked, they did not. THE TV WAS MOVED

Phyllis Pafumi

Jul 22, 2008 11:42 AM
Anita Hoppenstand
A1A Home Staging LLC - Palm Coast, FL
A1A Home Staging LLC

Virginia, good advice.  I wish I had remembered to mention it at a presentation I gave to some realtors today.  Oh well, it gives me some ideas for a newsletter.

Phyllis, thanks for the chuckle.  Can you imagine?  I guess they thought it added something to the room!  I like the advice about a second TV.  Thanks for the comment.


Jul 22, 2008 02:29 PM