Home Seller Doesn’t See Why We Staged a Room They Don’t Use. Find out why…

One of my tag lines is ‘the way you live in your home is not the way you sell your house’ and this point needed to be understood by the home seller. Not all (and in fact not many) potential buyers can visualize what a room ‘should’ look like. As home stagers we know that ‘function’ is first but it took some convincing for the home seller to understand why we were doing what we were doing.

Let me explain…this home seller lives in a very spacious 5,000 square foot home and like many people with a home this size, the family doesn’t use every room. However, when it comes to preparing your property for selling – which includes home staging – you don’t want to rely on an empty space not making sense to potential buyers.

In this downstairs area – which could be a nanny’s suite, an in-laws suite, a bed & breakfast guest area etc. we wanted it to have some appeal to potential buyers. Keeping it the way it was, to us, was going to be a lost opportunity for the seller.There is a nice size kitchen in this area along with a bathroom and bedroom!

Kitchen area with opportunity for eating and living

So by just using some of his home furnishings from other rooms, we created a nice eating area with 2 comfortable chairs to create a small living room-type space. Now potential buyers can ‘see’ what the possibilities are for this room!

By creating a nice eating and living area it's more inviting!
Colleen McClure
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.