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Staging towards the latest trends...

Staging towards the latest trends


When you are getting ready to sell your house, you become the Chief Marketing Officer of your property.  It is your job, with the help of a homehome stager and an experienced Realtor to sell the merits of your home to potential buyers.

In addition to editing your accessories,providing a fresh coat of buyer-friendly paint, addressing deferred maintenance projects and improving your curb appeal, something you might consider staging with the latest trends in mind.

Recently I read an article in Realtor Magazine about the Hot Housing Trends for 2015.  It listed 21 items that were considered to be what homeowners were looking for.

Obviously a seller does not want to make major improvements and changes that would not be financially sound, however, there are some things that a seller can do that will help tell the buyer that the house is trendy!

after bedroom-staged1.Luxurious Master Bedrooms

You don’t have to tear down a wall or buy Pratesi linens to add luxury to your bedroom. Here are some inexpensive tips you can do:

-Clear the room of anything non-sleep related.  No workout equipment or desks.

-Clear out all of the stuff you’ve placed in the room because you have no idea where else you can store it

-You owe it to yourself, so if you don’t already have a comfy bedspread or comforter, buy one.  You can pick something that will carry over to your new home.

-Add some pillows- not the ones you actually use, but the ones that make the bed look plush; you’ll never use; and everyone else thinks you’re crazy because you just take them off at night.

- Add light.  Ninety percent of the bedrooms I see lack lighting.  Often they only light they have is the small overhead light that is standard with builders. Add a lamp for each nightstand.

- Add artwork.  


2.Spa bathrooms

Think of the Ritz.  Once again, edit all of the personal items you have on the countertops.  We really don’t want to see your toothbrush!  

- Ditch those skimpy towels!  Fluffy whites!  And you can purchase those at Target.  You can also use them in your new house.

-Check out your mirror.  This is an area where you may have to open the wallet.  If your mirror is desilvering, and depending upon the space, you can add a frame to it. You can go to your local hardware store or check our Mirror Mates online.

-Put the bathroom scale away!

-Add accessories like an orchid, tall apothecary jar filled with soaps or potpourri or hand towels.

- Add some art.  And no, you don’t have to limit it to bathroom art.  bathroom staged

3.Outdoor living

This is where those of us in South Florida should focus.  

-Remove everything that has nothing to do with outdoor entertaining, including pool equipment!

-If your outdoor furniture is on its last leg, paint it, clean it or toss it.  

-If your budget will allow, purchase some comfortable chairs and a table and chairs.

-Remove empty pots, dead or in the process of dying plants.

-Add colorful plants and flowers only if you’ll be able to maintain them.

-Many of us have outdoor fire pits.  Don’t hide them behind the garage.  Make them a focal point.  Clean them up, add some comfy chairs.  

-Clean the grill and the grill area!  If you have an outdoor kitchen, make it look inviting.

4.Home office

Most new homes have a dedicated home office.  If yours does not and if your home has sufficient bedrooms for potential buyers, why not show one of the rooms as a possible home office.

-If you have a small desk in the room, you can show it with a daybed or small sofa, letting buyers know that this room could work either way.

-Don’t junk it up!  

-Add lighting to the desk area.

-Bring light in via the windows! (ie, clean them)

-Don’t make the room look like an afterthought.

-If you have a small sofa or daybed, add color with small pillow to make it look inviting.


You don’t have to break the bank when selling your house. Focus on the trends or key areas that buyers want and show them the possibilities.


 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 59 commentsKathy Streib • October 12 2015 07:03PM


Hi Kathy.  Spa bathrooms is a new term.  Great ideas.  Thanks.

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

Good morning Kathy Streib,

Excellent advice! More sellers need to read your've given some wonderful tips to make your home more appealing when your home is going on the market!

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

Thank you for the great tips. I will share these with others.

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

Awesome blog and great insight.  Thanks for sharing!

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

Good morning Kathy,

Renting a storage unit off premises to get rid of the items onlu you care about would help with the excess.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib excellent tips and ideas for the homeowner or the new buyer wanting a more inviting home.

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Kathy -- lights, camera and action --- there are no extra takes allowed when a prospective buyer comes onto the stage.  First impressions matter and your exceptional advice is spot on.  

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

Kathy all of these tips can be done on a reasonable budget and they make so much sense. This is what buyers are looking for in the Phoenix metro area as well.

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

Nothing worse than an "all purpose" bedroom...excercise, storage, study....

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

HI Kathy!

Great tips for Homeowners... simply solutions like making a home look clean, fresh, and spacious really allows a buyer the opportunity to see themselves living in the home.  Very helpful post!

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Get in the habit of making the bed fully immediately upon rising in the morning.

When we show a home with an unmade bed, that's all the buyer can see in that room.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

BARFF, one of the things I like best about your staging suggestions is you always try to keep it simple and the least costly to the sellers.  That's huge to a don't try to gouge them.

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

Kathy, isn't it nice to comfortably sit outside during the days once again. The outdoor living needs some revamping for sure. 

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) almost 5 years ago

Some valid suggestions, even if you're not trying to sell your home... just planning on living in it... luxuriously.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 5 years ago

You always give great advice...i like how you say remove anything in the bedroom not sleep related...seems obvious but not to many!

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

Kathy Streib 

Really nice post and great information. Thanks for sharing. Have wonderful day.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) almost 5 years ago

Sounds like a room I would love to live in.  My bedroom has our home office in it.  I am working to change that.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Great tips Kathy. I used to buy things that I thought I needed and now the goal is to reduce clutter and try to have my home looked staged even when we are not selling.

Posted by Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited) almost 5 years ago

Hi, what great reminders for sellers and most are inexpensive.  Elbow grease produces a high dollar return!  Especially the bathroom.

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) almost 5 years ago

I like Lenn Harley 's making the bed statement (and your post). Everyone to Lenn's after the post...B.Y.O.S or (bring your own sheet) for practice bed making

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

This is so good.  I am sharing with others..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib Another chapter in your book. Now just put it all together.

Bill Roberts

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

As always, great tips. It's so important that we make our homes ready to sell. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kathy, well deserved feature! Tips every seller and even homeowners who are not planning on selling can use.

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

Almost every buyer I work with now wants space for a home office or at least a desk area. If a sellers home doesn't currently have such a space, I tell them to create one. Find a corner, a room, an area somewhere in the house and showcase the ability to have a desk/computer set-up. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago

Great ideas, Kathy Streib . So good in fact, the sellers might just decide to stay in their luxurious 'new' home.

I like the Chief Marketing Officer designation, too. It adds a lot of class and shows the seller is in control.

Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) almost 5 years ago


It makes great sense to us.  I am delighted this was featured, this is a post everyone should read!  Happy Tuesday, A

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

Those are superb tips, Kathy!  Heck, they even helped me in the decor of my own home.  I'm heading out to buy some fluffy whites today!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 5 years ago

These are such perfect tips!  I don't always keep up with the trends, especially when it comes to fashion, haha.  I need to make sure and check back on your posts, so I will know what the trends are!

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

Kathy, these are great ideas for making the house you plan to live in forever look and feel wonderful!  I'm going to do a few of these when I get home this afternoon!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Great post and all wonderful tips.  It's not necessary to spend a fortune, small changes can pay off in a big way.

Posted by Kate McQueen, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (CB&A Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy,

Thank you for sharing.  These are great tips even if you're not planning to sell your home.

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) almost 5 years ago

EXCELLENT post, Kathy, with tips ALL of us can use!  Thank you!

Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) almost 5 years ago

Can't say it enough Kathy!  Less is more, indeed.  And great suggestion to make a bedroom into a home office for appearances.  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 5 years ago

Great advice, Kathy.  And, some of those purchases can move w/ you to the next house (e.g. comforter, pillows, towels, outdoor stuff).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Kathy, thanks for a great article. I like that you do not lead the Seller to do major renovations and spend a lot of unnecessary money. These are easy, practical ideas. I really like the suggestion that when you purchase something to fluff up the look that it be something you can utilize in the next home.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib another wonderful submission to keep on point with trends.  Love white kitchens and am happy about quartz and copper too!

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) almost 5 years ago

Great job Kathy!  Creating a positive and lasting impression, using visual and emotional appeal doesn't mean spending a lot of money!

"You don't have to break the bank when selling your house."

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

Kathy, Thanks for telling me all the latest trends and I will bookmark for future reference.

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

Wonderful, easy to follow suggestions, Kathy. And I love the terminology of Chief Marketing Officer!

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

Very helpful ideas and the perfect post to send clients making a move to coming from a professional!  Thank you Kathy.. my favorite new term  "editing your accessories"

Looking forward to having you as a guest on the "Transition Living Real Estate Team tm" show!  Finding a "happy place" with existing furnishings and "coloring" them up with new hues"  Going to be fun!  

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) almost 5 years ago

In Houston we "live" outdoors and showing your outdoor porch as "living space" gets buyer's attention ... for low cost... outdoor area rug, outdoor draperies; flexible tubing to decorative pots; firepit, etc.  .. you dont' have to spend a lot of money to get the effect of , "Man, there's a whole 'nother room out here!"

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) almost 5 years ago

I never knew there was a name for the edges of mirrors turning black.  What a terrific idea to fix it!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kathy - As always, you offer us excellent and productive advice, and these are all easily accomplished and sure to be effective. Thanks.

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

And to make a bedroom a home office, you only need a desk, a lamp, a chair, a  green plant, and one fantastic piece of neutral art.

I like to put a memo pad and pen  on the desk and write across the top TO DO!  and  guess what is entered as the #1 task?   

#1:  "Buy a house"   

Posted by Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor (Carlson Properties 325-721-2429) almost 5 years ago


Another outstanding post . . . . Congratulations on earning a gold star.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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

Good morning Kathy. A well deserved feature, you always do such a great job sharing the latest trends and coaching us as to what to do when it comes to staging.

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

Good morning Kathy.  Looks like I'm in good company.  This is the second post I've opened today and both are features....  Priceless, just like the people I follow..

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

Good Morning Kathy - I really appreciate this post. Clean and neat doesn't have to be costly! Plus, they leave lasting impressions too! Thanks again Kathy for sharing your expertise!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 5 years ago

Some very simple yet cost effective way to make a home more appealing to a potential buyer

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib I've mentioned this to you several times now. The comment reply directly under the comment completely disappears when the "show all comments" button is clicked. Since I usually get in early my comment is "above the fold" and to see it I need to show all comments. Guess what?

All your replies disappear. Is that really what you want?

Bill Roberts

BTW if you don't believe me, check it out for yourself.

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

Kathy Streth - Here in Orange County, CA, we like to introduce sellers to some fairly serious realities early in the sales process. Our 21-point seller preparedness guide, which I won't cover in its entirety, has 5-main points that always includes the staging conversation. 1.) remove clutter (including all 450 pictures in the hallway) 2.) a complete cleaning including windows, 3.) Paint rooms that have not been painted in the last 10-years 4.) Clean carpets 5.) Stage as recommended by a staging pro.  


This is a great way to make sure the photographs of the property don't look uninviting and dingy. With listings going around the world on social media with 30-seconds of posting them, quality photographs are important and staging in a great way to ensure the best shots. 

Posted by Bill Schallmo, Focus on the details (The Virtual Realty Group (Newport Beach, CA)The OC) almost 5 years ago

super tips! like the one about the fluffy towels does brighten up the house!

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

This is good advice for home owners and especially good advice for home sellers.

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

Kathy, Thank you for the great tips. The 2 bedroom side lamps and buying for future home were awesome tips. 

Posted by Pat Braithwaite, E-Pro (Braithwaite Realty) almost 5 years ago


Love your picture of the "spa bathroom".  Model homes are a wonderful example of staging for success.   :)

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) almost 5 years ago

Kathy Streib working on the most recent trends and staging accordingly do help sell the home faster for sure.

(Though I was surprised to see Master Bedroom as #1 - one of my listing has an excellent master bedroom and have heard all kinds of phrases for that home...and...)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

I love the tip of removing everything that does no thave to do with sleep.  My bedroom would look so inviting with out all the other stuff.  I need to do this 

Posted by Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate, Broker, Results Real Estate (Results Real Estate 801.580.5624) over 4 years ago

Kathy, these are easy solutions to make a big impact. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 4 years ago

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