St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Hold On Before You Move that Chair!

It's important for sellers to understand that the home should generally not be removed prior to the removal of all contingencies, including inpsection and appraisal. This is because the deal can still fall through and to do otherwise may create more costs and fees for the seller. All of the furniture, art, and accessories, along with anything else that won't belong to the buyer, should be removed prior to a final walkthrough, however. 

Hold On Before You Move That Chair!


This post was inspired by one written by Cheryl Johnson today.  In it, she made the STOPsuggestion that buyers have something in their contract stating that all staging props, furnishings, etc be removed before the physical inspection.

That’s not too unreasonable, and I know her thought is that this way the buyer will be able to see exactly what they’re getting.  

I have no issue with that but let me toss this out for consideration.   Although some may think that staging is nothing but smoke and mirrors, that’s only on television, folks.  We do suggest certain design practices that enhance a room, such as the placement of furniture, or removing all of the little rugs (that eat up space), or using a lighter paint color.

What we suggest, however, is never done with the purpose of hiding or “fooling” a buyer.  The square footage is what it is.  Any structural or mechanical flaws will still be there regardless of any furnishings.

spa bathroomSo, for a final walk through, of course it is advisable that all items that are not staying with the house be removed, just as you would have the seller remove all of their own items that were not intended to remain with the house.

However, if you’re talking about the inspection, then that may cause a problem.  If, for some reason, whether on the part of the seller or buyer, the contract falls through, then removing everything prior to inspection would financially hurt the seller.

I have removed my staging inventory prior to a hard closing date only to have the closing fall through.  My client’s house sat empty for several months (try 7) before they had another contract.  Sure, we could have brought everything back in but that’s another staging and delivery fee.

Stagers work very hard to coordinate with their sellers and their agents.  Many of us have something in our own contracts that require a minimum 2 week notice to destage the property.  We can’t always get the movers and our own schedule to coordinate.  

We all want the Buyers to be happy with their new home, and for the Sellers to feel comfortable moving on to their next destination.  

 Kathy Streib 

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