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Curtains - Should They Stay or Go When Selling Your Home?

Kathy Nielson makes a great point about whether or not to keep curtains and more often than not the answer is to go! 

If your windows have molding or casing around them, show off this architectural detail. If they don't, then consider adding singla panels or sheers, pulled off to the sides, allowing as much light as possible to show through.. 

Also remember to make the windows look as large as possible that rods should, when possible, be hung high and wide. 

Curtains - Should They Stay or Go When Selling Your Home?

Short answer - GO!

For the record, I don't hate curtains. In fact, every single window in my own home has some sort of window treatment. However, when I'm staging homes throughout metro Atlanta, 99% of the time, I'll ask that they be removed.

Here's why:

  • Curtains block light.  When selling your home, you want to bring as much light in as possible.
  • It blocks the view of the outside (see example below). 
  • Depending on the window treatment, it can set the tone of the home (which may be good or bad)

In one of our more recent stagings, we asked that the curtains be removed. Again, no surprise given that I make that request for almost every home we stage.

Here's what the home looked like with curtains and without furniture and accessories. Yes. It's a beautiful home! 

Vacant home in Atlanta before home staging

Here's the same room after the curtains were removed and after we brought in our furniture and accessories. 

Vacant home staging after picture

As you can see, there's a totally different vibe. While the furniture and accessories made a huge difference, try picturing this room (furnished and accessorized) with the curtains up. Would we have gotten the same look and feel? Not likely.

In summary, when selling your home, let as much light in as possible. Don't let the cost of the window treatment (some, I know, have paid lots of money) dictate whether or not they should stay or go. 


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RESA Professional Stager of the Year - Southern Region 2011

This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


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Comment balloon 1 commentMelissa Marro • October 12 2012 06:13PM


Hi Melissa,

Excellent choice to re-blog! I agree..make the curtains go away and bring on the natural light!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 7 years ago

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