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New Hampshire Home Staging Advice: Rearrange Your Furniture And Your Attitude

New Hampshire Home Staging Advice:  You could be sporting a SOLD sign much sooner if you do a little rearranging prior to listing your house for sale.

The first step to a fast sale is adjusting your's not about YOU, it's all about potential buyers and what they want.

Next, take a good look at your furniture.  How large or small a room appears will depend on the amount of furniture in the room and how it is arranged.  Furniture placement could be the deciding factor for a potential buyer.

Home owners place their furniture according to their personal lifestyle...what is convenient and functional for them.  Many times the style is dated or overpowering and because it's set up for convenience, it's not always visually or emotionally appealing to others.    

A Home Staging Consult is the fastest, most efficient way to determine the best way to use your furnishings to your own advantage.  


Here are some examples of the difference a little rearranging can make: 

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When arranging furniture in preparation to sell, remember...

the best arrangement is one that highlights positive features

and clearly defines the space and function of the room. 




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Comment balloon 28 commentsSharon Tara • July 01 2011 08:30AM


Sharon, I like your closing comment....accent the positive feature, it does give direction!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 9 years ago

Sharon, The truest words of all. "it's not about YOU" anymore. it is about getting the house noticed by others.

Posted by Peter Schattenfield, Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT. (Turning Point Estate Services LLC ) almost 9 years ago

These are PRIMO examples of what an attitude adjustment can do to help get a house sold, Sharon!  Rather than "this is how WE live here", you're showing "this is how YOU can live here"!

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 9 years ago

Hi Sharon - It's so hard for many sellers to let go of the idea that the house should be uniquely theirs right up until it's purchased by someone else. I think one of the most important jobs of a home stager is to help with that "letting go" process. I love your before and after photos - great work!

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) almost 9 years ago

Ellen:  You just can't leave it up to the buyer's really do have to spell it out for them.

Peter:  So many sellers have a real hard time accepting this concept.

Julia:  I like the way you put that!  Thanks!

Judy:  It's so refreshing when you work with sellers who have done their homework and understand what is required...makes the process so much smoother!


Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Sharon- excellent Before and After photos.  First thing a seller needs to do is view their house's a marketable property and that's unfortunately, a big hurdle for many. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

Great pix, Sharon! I love the wall colours too, nice choices! I love being able to use the owners furniture, then it's instant gratification!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) almost 9 years ago

Kathy:  It's funny though, once they understand it's a "product they are marketing" things turn around really fast.

Peg:  Owner occupied consults are my favorite and pretty much all I do now.  Thank you!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Sharon ~ Sellers really do need to "become the buyer" but it's so difficult to do because we make the home's spaces what WE wanted.  Advice from a professional home stager will provide all the help they need, as these photos prove what your smart homeowner clients learned from you.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 9 years ago

People have to remember that once their home is on the market it's all about buyer perception. Proper staging can help make a buyer "see" the home in its best light. Great before and after pics Sharon. They really prove your point.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Sharon--like, "wow".  Great examples of before and after.  A simple attitude adjustment returns a beautiful house. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Maureen:  Sometimes sellers just don't see past their own comfort and convenience and they pay the price.

Craig:  Thank you.  Buyer perception is the key!  

Janet:  Thank you for the enthusiasm!  I appreciate it!



Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago


This post is so timely.  A month ago we readjusted the furniture, and we lived with it, and it just was not right, so today, we are putting everything back to the original way it was.  It is fun trying out new ways, like new perspectives. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 9 years ago

Sharon - So well put.  Sellers are often too close to their environment.  It really helps to get the outside opinion of a Home Stager.  Your after photos are so charming.  It's that charm that will delight home buyers. 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 9 years ago

Alexandra:  As long as you aren't "for sale" it's all about what makes you happy and comfortable.  I say if it makes you's perfect.

Sally:  Thank you!  I have to say, re: your new profile pic, everytime I see that smiling face of yours, I smile too! 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Talk about a new attitude! I can't imagine anyone seeing your portfolio and not wanting you to help turn their home into a sold home.

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) almost 9 years ago


You did an outstanding job on staging the home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 9 years ago

Outstanding examples, indeed. What a difference.

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( almost 9 years ago

Lee and Carol:  Best compliment I've gotten all day, thanks!

Lou:  Thank you so much!

Valerie:  Those valances really needed to go! I called this the room of clocks, LOL!

Kathy:  Thank you, I appreciate the Feature!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago


This is great.  I am placing a link to this on my local business page.

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) almost 9 years ago

Ana:  I hope your readers find it useful!  Thanks.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Sharon I knew that I would like this blog post as soon as I saw your title.  It's the attitude adjustment that is my focus for RE agents and sellers.  The only way that we can help is when that "aha moment" kicks in for them and they get onboard with creating an appealing product for their market.  Love your photo examples and what you accomplished. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 9 years ago

Sharon.....the white panels in the Living Room-AFTER make a total difference in the age of this room!! Well done!  And you have a great point....while the seller may have "used" the space to fit their personal needs the home needs to be marketed to the buyer who sees the overall positive & usefulness of the space!!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) almost 9 years ago

I am all about attitude and now how critical it is to have the right one!  Love the transformation in these photos - what a difference!  Great job Sharon!


Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) almost 9 years ago

Ginger:  It's funny...all those years ago when my mother told me I needed an attitude adjustment, who knew I would be dealing with sellers who needed one many years later, LOL!

Kathy:  Window treatments are a simple update that takes years off a house's perceived age.  If only all issues could be handled this easily!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Sheila:  These are examples of my favorite kind of staging...owner occupied, using existing furnishings.  Thanks for the support!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

Aloha Sharon,

Great examples. I love the sleeping area, it really turned out nicely. Simply closing the secretary in the living room made a huge difference and the dinning room actually looks like a dinning room now. I'm curious as to your thoughts on the fireplace? Personally I would have painted it. 


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) almost 9 years ago

Kimo:  Aloha!  Funny you should mention the fireplace...I did suggest painting it when I suggested painting the woodwork, and also to remove the brass screen.  They were really good with most of my suggestions, but not willing to paint the brick.  The improvements we made seemed to do the trick, though, it sold a short time later.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 9 years ago

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