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What to Do Before Your Home Stager Comes Over...

What to Do Before Your Home Stager Comes Over…

You know how you always clean up before your housekeeper comes House- wait to talk to me firstover?  You know you do!

 But if you have a Home Stager coming over to provide a consultation what do you do?  Do you leave everything as is?  Do you quickly try to paint the walls?

Remember, we’re there to show you what you can do to make your home “show ready”  using what you already have.  So here are some tips that will help us help you!

What should you do to get the most out of the time you’re spending with your home stager?


1.Do NOT paint! (yet)

Chances are your home stager will recommend painting some if not all of your rooms.  But it is better to wait because we can suggest colors that will work with what you have.  Whatever you do, if someone recommends painting everything white, just smile, say “thank you” and walk away.

2.If you have very active pets or young children, arrange to have them elsewhere or under the care of someone else.

Don’t get me wrong, stagers love pets and children but we want you to be able to focus on what we have to say.

3. It’s ok to clean your home.

Stagers really don’t like telling someone to clean this area or that, but on the other hand, that’s what you’re paying us for.  So.. go ahead and clean before we come out.  We won’t mind.

4. Do not give away/donate/store your furniture… yet.

We want to see what you have that will enhance the space.  It saves you money! One of my clients was talked into giving away all of her furniture except what was in her master bedroom. To bring in chairs, tables, etc would have been expensive for her.

5. Do go ahead and throw away things that need to be tossed.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the seller who has so much everywhere it becomes impossible for us show you where you might move something for maximum effect.  

Some clients want to know why we haven’t “moved furniture around” like they see in the cable shows.  Well, the answer is because there’s nowhere to move it!

Please don't say a word6. Have a pen and notepad available for notes.  

Yes, just like in school, it helps to take notes.

7. If you want a friend/relative around for support, ask them if they would mind observing only.

You’re going to be paying for this consultation so we want you to get your money’s worth.  While your friend may be a staging expert because they’ve seen every episode of a staging show on cable tv, humor us and let us tell you what we would suggest first.

Just like your real estate agent, we want to help you get your home sold and do it as painlessly as possible.  

A home staging consultation can help you do just that!  


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 32 commentsKathy Streib • September 13 2015 03:54PM


The last suggestion is the best - listen to your stager instead of your friends. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, after taking the step to hire a home stager, the next step is to take their advice. Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy.  Zip the lip and don't wear earplugs.  Always good advice and thanks for posting...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) almost 5 years ago

Great thoughts agent or stager welcomes the house to list that was just painted "hospital white" because they heard "neutral was best" !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

Good advice for home sellers. I hope they will read it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Excellent advice! I believe a home stager makes the difference in our listings. Our listings always look picture perfect for market and are always a cut above most of our competition.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

Great blog and information....thanks for sharing!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

I can read about some difficult situations you must have had in the past between the lines of your suggestions, Kathy.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Get out the checkbook, just kidding could not help it. These are great tips and more real estate professionals should read these.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

All great suggestions BARFF, but I have to agree with Lise Howe.....listen to your stager, not your friends.  Well done my friend. 

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy. This is a really good primer. Well done and expressed.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy ~ this is a wonderful post. I don't believe I've ever seen anything in writing on how to prepare for a stager. Prepare for a buyer, yes. Prepare for a listing presentation, yes. Prepare for photo shoot, yes. Great job!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) almost 5 years ago

I often get asked this from potential home owners and i am happy i can now reference this for a more complete list. Have a good Monday

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

These are great tips for any company!  But love the DO NOT PAint one!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 5 years ago


Well said, and I keep seeing a book with all your posts in them.  Your info is well writiten and easy to read..I loved that it was OK to clean...LOL  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 5 years ago

These are great tips and I see this all of the time, sellers will try to do what they think need to be done to get the home ready to sell.  I have gone to listing appointments and told them what should have been done and they say, I wish we had of talked to you first, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy -- great information and very well-presented.   As others have commented --- listening to your stager and not your friends, relatives, co-workers makes a big difference.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 5 years ago

Kathy, My very first thought was .... CLEAN ... then maybe a little de-cluttering" but then just wait for the professionals stagers advise ... and then do what they recommend!!!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy - Great advice, and I especially like the one about having a helpful friend involved - the picture says it all (and applies equally well to real estate).

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 5 years ago

Great list for home sellers Kathy! I love each one, especially numbers 3 and 7!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 5 years ago


Great check for get ready for a home stager.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Excellent advice Kathy, your information posts are right on the money.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy. Such great advice, I have two home stagers that I recommend on a regular basis, they so often make the difference between a sale and no sale.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

This is very good advice for prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy! I had to chuckle when I read your post earlier this morning!!

Posted by Kim Johnson, Selling South Florida (Signature Realty Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Good Morning Kathy,  All great information, I always am amaze at people that have housekeeper and they clean before the housekeeper gets there.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 5 years ago

my fav: It’s ok to clean your home. so often they think we can see through the dirt and grime and uh.. YUK!

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) almost 5 years ago

Far too often sellers hire the painter before the staging consult and the paint color chosen is not what the stager would have suggested. I've had it happen to me many times.  I've written on this topic too, and suggest we keep on spreading the word!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

Agree with every point Kathy! Especially 4 &7.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

All very good advice.  I'm sure people think they are helping when they paint or get rid of furniture before you show up, but they should wait for the consultation.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

Good point, Kathy Streib #1 Clean & tidy up obvious messes.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

The first part is so true I always clean before my cleaning person comes

Posted by Andrzej Niemyjski (Realty One Group) almost 5 years ago

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