Come On In, The Water's Fine!???

Home Stager with Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Perception can be everything.  In my previous blog post, I addressed the refrigerator in the dining room.  Perception:  potential buyers might think the kitchen is too small.

Let's talk about water.  When you buy a house, you get the water access with it.  It might be "city water" or "well water", but you get water.  Is that water potable?  Does it taste good?  You might have the water tested, but in large part one assumes the water is fine!

So how far can we test this perception?

If you open the fridge, you may see bottles of water (or maybe not so much any more, with the higher cost and "going green"), but that's OK - it's portable, so you're sure the tap water is fine. 

There may be a water dispenser in the kitchen with large bottles of commercially-supplied water, and somehow that's OK too.  It's almost a luxury item.

But what do you think if you see a bottled water dispenser on the second-floor landing (and visible from the front door)?  I'll tell you what I thought on my Staging Consultation (Perception):  "The water in this house is so bad, that if I want a drink in the middle of the night, I have to use this dispenser - not the tap water from one of three bathrooms!"  I recommending putting this in storage for the duration.

A professional Home Stager can help prepare any house, occupied or vacant, at any price point, for today's market.  Call a Stager today if your house is on the market or you're thinking about doing so.  Many Realtors provide a Stager's Consultation as part of their listing package.  A small investment in a Staging Consultation can net you a faster sale for more money.

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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes
They does look awful. You sometimes need to nicely let folks know that you are not setting up your house to live are setting it up to sell...and those are two different things.
Jul 10, 2008 03:19 AM #1
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
Some people have a problem with the floride in the water so may have a legatimate need for one.
Jul 10, 2008 03:40 AM #2
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager
Gene: That is an excellent point. However, even moving the water dispenser to the kitchen - or bathroom - would make more sense. Besides, who wants to put anything to do with water on a hardwood floor? It's all about the buyer's perception. Thanks - Julie
Jul 10, 2008 04:26 AM #3
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
Really good point. I haven't run into that here in Charleston yet, but I certainly agree with you about that perception!
Jul 10, 2008 04:31 AM #4
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!
Julia- It's amazing what people live with and think is just fine. Perhaps they have a lot of people coming to their door and asking for a glass of water.
Jul 10, 2008 05:19 AM #5
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR
Julia- We have one, but in our kitchen. What a strange place for this one. I would have asked them to remove it also. So many things are about perception, that's why we are needed!
Jul 10, 2008 05:37 AM #6
Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
That is wierd. I went to an open house one time and the master bedroom which was located close to the kitchen had one of those little refridgerators in it and I am thinking "you can't walk a few steps to the kitchen for a can of soda?"
Jul 10, 2008 07:23 AM #7
Kristina Leone
Lionheart Home Staging, LLC - Minneapolis, MN

Julia, great point!  We don't want to "plant the seed" in buyers' minds about the lack of space.

Jul 10, 2008 09:04 AM #8
Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB
Julia, I've never seen a bottled water dispenser anywhere but the kitchen in my staging travels. What a funny thing to do. Am so glad you got the problem cleared up. Betty
Jul 10, 2008 09:52 AM #9
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager
I could see this in a kitchen but not where it currently resides. Very odd! Kathy
Jul 10, 2008 12:27 PM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager
I totally should be moved. It brings up too many unwanted questions about the water quality.
Jul 10, 2008 01:11 PM #11
Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA
Julia is this the same house as the fridge in the dining room? If so, do they have tons of kids? They seem very accomodating to their families thirst and meal needs. Kym
Jul 10, 2008 05:48 PM #12
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager
Kym: Two "tweens", a dog and a bird! Thans to All for your comments, and to the AR Gods for the Double Feature! Julie
Jul 11, 2008 12:11 AM #13
Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC
We just had a staging where we asked them to remove the water dispenser as well. It was in the dining room, which makes more sense but they are ugly and bulky. Anyway, they did remove it and the room looked better because of it.
Jul 11, 2008 02:43 AM #14
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC
Julia, I had to disguise a water dispenser in one kitchen with a large plant - but at least it was in the kitchen.. I tried to get them to move it into a closet but there was no electrical outlet - God bless,
Jul 11, 2008 06:24 AM #15
Don Fabrizio-Garcia
Fab Real Estate - Danbury, CT
Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate
Did they not have room for it in their kitchen? That is a first for me. Though, it never ceases to amaze me what we find in this business!
Jul 11, 2008 06:59 AM #16
Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal
Julia, You are right on all points. No water coolers in the foyer, Yikes!
Jul 11, 2008 08:24 AM #17
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889
Julia.. I've never seen a dispenser anywhere but in kitchens and work places. On the second floor, though, might not be a bad idea if it is near a family room, or play area for children.
Jul 11, 2008 02:03 PM #18
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"
I don't run into here either, unless it's in some areas that have really soft water. Then everyone knows anyway.
Jul 11, 2008 03:25 PM #19
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
Same effect as fans standing all over a house with air conditioning, or bars on windows, or portable heaters, etc. It's the perception of what it that becomes the reality of whether or not the home gets sold.
Jul 11, 2008 06:29 PM #20
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