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Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Wait to Stage Your House.

Here Are 6 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Wait to Stage Your House.

Real Estate agents and Home Stagers hear this all of the time from sellers:Don't wait to stage your house

“Let’s wait to see how it goes before we do anything.”

What are you waiting for?

You’ve hired the most qualified agent in your area to represent you in the sale of this very large investment that you have.  They have explained the current market and given you their educated opinion on the best list price.

There are some items they suggest you consider to help make your house market ready.  

But- you want to wait a month or so to see what happens.

Here are 6 reasons why you don’t want to wait to get your house in market ready condition.

1.Newly listed homes are hot commodities.  However, the longer it sits, it is like a loaf of stale bread.  Buyers and other agents may pass it by for the newest listing.

2.You may think that you’re saving money by waiting to invest in staging but are you?

Often, after your house has been on the market a month, your agent may suggest a price reduction.  Afterall, when a property isn’t selling, the overriding reason is the price.

Whatever that figure is, it’s often much less than what the cost of staging your home (either via a consultation or a full staging with furniture) would have been.

why stage your home now3. A “What’s wrong with it?” cloud starts to hang over it.

You know what it’s like…. you see a house, everything seems right from the MLS, good location and the price is right.  Why hasn’t it sold?

Buyers make the assumption that there must be or why wouldn’t it have sold.

In today’s market, with inventory running low in many areas, properties typically don’t sit IF…

*They are priced with the market in mind

*The location is Buyer-friendly

*The property is in good condition relative to the asking price.



4. The longer your house is on the market, the longer you and your family “get” to live like you’re living in a model home.

No one enjoys having their house on the market…. having to make sure that everything is picked up and that strangers will be going through your house.

5. Think of what what it could be costing you every day that your house sits on the market.

-Your mortgage payment

-Insurance for your house



- Missing out on the perfect house

6. Images can last in a buyer’s or agent’s mind for a long time.

house photographs to make a difference

With over 90% of buyers beginning their search on the Internet, your MLS photos will be their first impression of your house.  It’s the same with agents as well.  

If you decide to “see how it goes” you may not get that second chance with potential buyers or agents.

They’ve already seen your before photos.  

So, tell me again… why is it you want to wait before you stage your house?


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 32 commentsKathy Streib • September 21 2015 04:13PM


Hi Kathy.  Vacant homes need to be staged.  They look and feel cold when vacant.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 5 years ago

I love the post. I hope home sellers will read it.Thanks for sharing.

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

That first i- pression is waht counts !

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

Good morning Kathy Streib,

You are so right..sellers what are you waiting for?? When your home hits the market you are the just like the new kid on the block and everyone wants to meet you! If your a seller living in your house take the pointers from a staging in presenting your home..if your home is vacant..have it staged..let the buyers see your potential and style of living.

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

Good morning Kathy.  The average days on market around here is 60 so many people understand this and it all works out as it should.

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

Kathy, some clients watch way too much HGTV & stage horribly...too much furniture, large furniture and are furious when you tell them it is just not going to sell that way...the sellers need to get it but many are hard of hearing...I wish you were here!!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

This is excellent advice for home sellers. I will schedule a re-blog.

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

Those are 6 great reasons Kathy and I am sure your phone will be ringing off the hook!

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

good morning, Kathy... it always comes back to that old expression that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression! And those first photos that didn't show the house to its best advantage find a way to live on the internet forever!

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

I think the images last a long time is my favorite always remember what you see ....Have a great day in FL!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 5 years ago

Six excellent reasons why sellers should not wait.....they eye "buys" BARFF, we all know it.  Proper staging will get it sold.

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 Streib 

Oh, how I wish staging was more prevalent in our area than it is. My son had his home professionally staged. He sold for $30K over asking

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) almost 5 years ago

Start out right if you are going to put your home on the market.  Have it stage!!!

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

Good morning Kathy. Good one and I agree. Do it right, right away.

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

Staging should be discussed at the time the listing is taken and should be complete before the listing is in the MLS.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - It is true that you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Why ruin it with a false start.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- this is akin to sellers who say --- hey, let's just give it a try.    Hey, selling(and staging) a home is not a dress rehearsal....

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

I've heard "We are going to wait and see" more times than I care to admit. It's frustrating. My record for convincing them NOT to wait is pretty good, but there have been some sellers that just had to learn the hard way.

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

Kathy Streib since you have given us everything we need  (in past posts, you know the ones that are the basis of your book) now it is time to do it all BEFORE you miss that right buyer.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib That is my mission in life.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago


I see that Bill Roberts agrees with me that your great information should be in a book...this is another wonderful post.  A

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

Hi Kathy - Excellent advice. The potential gains from staging far outweigh the cost, and will lead to a quicker sale. Great point about the before photos.

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

All great reasons and I completely agree with you!  When I list a home for sale, I want it to pop from the very start, as most activity will happen within the first two weeks.  If anything is out of line in the beginning, money is lost in the end.

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

Kathy, waiting to stage a home is a lot like pricing it high and see what happens.  We already know what is going to happen. Let's wait and see what happens ... the answer is in the question ... "wait" ... that means time lost ... and money lost. Why can't sellers see that?

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

love the cobwebs! yes that is one of the first things to remove prior to staging a home!

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

Kathy, I completely agree with waht you are saying in your excellent post. Hit the market as hard as possible as soon as it is listed including staging. the first week or two are maybe the most important period of time. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 5 years ago

The sooner you stage the better for the results in getting the house sold.  That's the bottom line.

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

Kathy yes yes yes yes yes YES!  Some sellers simply don't want to listen to professionals and think they know what it will take to sell a home.  In time they wish they had listened - but for some it's money lost due to reduced price and sitting on market for a long time.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 5 years ago


Waiting to stage your home to be sold . . . . can be a very costing delay.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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

Kathy love the wisdom now all we need to do is convert those sellers and agents who have made up their minds and do not want to be confused with facts:)) in my market all savvy sellers, developers understand the value of Staging and do not wait until 3 to 6 months into the listing not selling...because they know in the beginning they will get more money for their property if it is positioned properly for the market....Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy. All six reasons will have an impact on the sale of any home, good reasons for folks that are considering selling to contact you.

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

I hate it when the "what's wrong with it" thing happens. Then every buyer picks the house to pieces LOOKING for all the reasons why it hasn't sold. It's a terrible thing!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 5 years ago

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