Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Can You Stage Too Much?

February 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 133

The answer can absolutely be yes! Sometimes the sellers can be too literal with their understanding of staging 'jargon'. The basics are definitely important. But it's also important that the potential buyers visual living in the house and feeling good about it. They want a warm, inviting environment not one that is cold and stark. Here are a few things that may help clarify the difference:

So what does it mean to stage too much? Here are some ideas that may help:

Decluttering is great. You want the potential buyers to see the house, not all of your stuff. BUT don't take away everything so that it becomes boring. Accessories are wonderful in moderation, which means one or three items (depending on the size of the surface). Make sure they aren't personal - and add a plant for color and softness. Eliminate furniture so the buyers can easily walk through the rooms. Main walkways should be at least 36" wide and never intersect a conversation area. BUT don't take out so much furniture that the rooms look bare. Furniture should be used to enhance the emotional impact of the space and draw attention to the architectural elements that will help sell the house. (Think cozy conversations in front of the fireplace.) Removing too much furniture will make the rooms feel cold and empty. Neutral paint colors are good. You don't want the potential buyers to notice (and perhaps dislike) your strong color choices. BUT don't go too neutral so the house feels boring - and white is rarely a good choice because it can be very cold. Choose instead colors that bring warmth into the space without overpowering it. Colors with a hint of yellow or gold are good choices. And stay away from blue! Adding color in pillows and throws is a great way to add warmth and interest. BUT make sure you choose one color and add pillows on the sofa, a throw on a chair, and an accessory on a table that keep the potential buyers' eyes moving throughout the space. Remove all the throw rugs including runners down the hallway and the rug in front of the sink. BUT an area rug under the main conversation area (a minimum of 5' x 8') help to ground that seating area. And bathroom rugs (as large as possible) that match the color of the floor bring softness to a hard space.

There is a fine line between not enough or too much and just perfect. Keeping in mind the importance of moderation while maintaining interest can help make the distinction.

Ann Anderson is the owner of Rooms Reborn ( ), a decorating, staging, and redesign business serving Connecticut. She is also the founder and Director of the School of Interior Redesign ( ). a private occupational school teaching staging, decorating, redesign, feng shui, and working with relocating seniors. She is also the co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days system which is designed to help do-it-yourself home sellers prepare their homes for sale with less stress.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Preparing Homes For Sale


Home Staging


Real Estate Staging

The documents are inevitable to assess your age, income, employment and residence. For the loan to be petitioned from the bank, you need the right procedure of application.The documents are

By: Simon Liva l Real Estate > Buying l November 20, 2012 lViews: 258

The main reason why people tend to be apprehensive about moving homes is that it entails packing everything in the home, transporting it and then unpacking it in the new home. The entire process of

By: Ringo Star l Real Estate > Moving Relocating l October 27, 2012 lViews: 211

There are a number of benefits to owning a second home. Buying to let is a long term investment. The property will usually accumulate value over time and also can generate rent on a shorter term

By: Alan Trotter l Real Estate > Investing in Real Estate l October 19, 2012 lViews: 241

Building a home, especially your first one, can be an incredibly daunting task - there are a number of factors, including budget and planning, that must be taken into account before any sort of

By: John K. Taylor l Real Estate > Building a Home l July 10, 2012 lViews: 333

When you're ready to sell your house, the first thing you'll probably do is find a real estate agent to help you through the process. It can be so inviting to seek out the discount Realtors who offer

By: W Josh Anderson l Real Estate > Selling l July 10, 2012 lViews: 263

You see the signs everywhere, especially in a strong economy: For Sale By Owner. For some reason, many people believe they'll do a better job of selling their homes without the assistance of a real

By: W Josh Anderson l Real Estate > Selling l July 10, 2012 lViews: 241

A lot of people think that selling a foreclosed home can take ages, especially if you have to go through banks, lenders and brokers just to have the property put up for sale or to be made available

By: Jacquelyn B Marksl Real Estate > Home Stagingl June 01, 2012 lViews: 177

Staging your home to prepare it for sale has become very popular lately and for good reason. Home staging is one of the best returns on investment you can make when selling a home, especially if you

By: AJ Arangol Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 31, 2012 lViews: 186

Sure, the basics of weeding, mulching, and mowing are important. But what about outdoor living spaces?

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 30, 2012 lViews: 193

Home Staging is almost expected in today's competitive real estate market. Your realtor can recommend a home staging professional who might help your house sell faster and for a better price.

By: Geoff McLeanl Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 29, 2012 lViews: 209

Getting the maximum return for the sale of your home is important. By investing some time and as little as $500 - $1000 you can get the best return and more than you would if you sold your house

By: Mark Klumperl Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 23, 2012 lViews: 174

The staging of your property is (in my view) where the real fun is in renovating. Not that I qualify as a designer's bootstrap but I love putting things together to look good. It costs up to $10,000

By: Bernadette T Jansonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 18, 2012 lViews: 153

Sure, the basics of weeding, mulching, and mowing are important. But what about outdoor living spaces?

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl May 30, 2012 lViews: 193

Curb appeal is one of the most important considerations when placing your house on the market. But once the potential buyers come inside, you have to keep them interested. Here are some ways to do

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl April 24, 2012 lViews: 161

We know the basics of curb appeal...moving, weeding, painting, and so on. But there are some things that are not quite so obvious, but that can make a big difference. And they are (not necessarily in

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl April 17, 2012 lViews: 124

Even though it's February, the spring market is just about here. And over the winter our houses can sometimes feel the effect of...

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl February 26, 2012 lViews: 158

By now everyone knows a house on the market should be updated. But other than the expected updates of lighting, plumbing fixutes, and colors, what is truly important?

By: Ann A Andersonl Real Estate > Home Stagingl February 13, 2012 lViews: 146