St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Why do I have to rearrange my furniture?

THIS is why I am so busy!  I swear I work with the best agents in the Charleston area (if not in the country)!  Thank you Michele for your great post and educating your sellers on why staging is soooooo important.....

As my stager, Melissa Marro always says, "Selling your house and living in your house are two separate things."  Unfortunately not all buyers can visualize how a floorplan will work for them.  When there is an awkward arrangement, buyers may automatically rule a house out.  Take this example of a 2 year old home in Goose Creek, SC.  There are a couple of issues.  This room is a rectangle and the couch and loveseat were positioned at an angle to view the television. This blocked the natural walkway in this room.  Second, it's hard to ingore the floral furniture, clutter of toys and books, etc.  Third, this room is about as 'vanilla' as it gets with white walls.

Goose Creek SC staging before photo

This room needed some help.  The owner was particularly opposed to the staging process but eventually came to love the new arrangement.  First Impressions was professional about dealing with a discontent owner and handled it well.  The owner did not want to paint but she used soft window treatments to warm the room.  This new furniture arrangement allowed a clear pathway from the door to the dining area.  The slipcovers were an inexpensive fix to neutralize the floral print. Decluttering this room made this space much more pleasing to the buyer's critical eye.  It's hard for a buyer to look beyond an owner's stuff.  It can be distracting and make a room feel smaller.  This simple change instantly made this space more useful to a broader group of buyers.  In fact, it sold 44 days after the transformation!  Furniture rearrangement and decluttering is one of the least expensive things you can do to improve your home's appeal.  See the difference! Are you ready to do what it takes to get your home sold? 

Goose Creek SC staging after photo

Michele Reneau - Military Relocation Specialist with Carolina One Real Estate in Charleston, SC.

Contact Michele Reneau, Real Estate Agent, North Charleston, SC Relocation Expert, CRS, GRI, ABR. Licensed Realtor® in South Carolina at 843-572-0518 to list your property for sale or to purchase real estate in Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, North Charleston, Hanahan, Mount Pleasant and the surrounding areas in Charleston County, Berkeley County or Dorchester County, South Carolina.  Featured on HGTV's House Hunters. Publisher/Author for Charleston Real Estate Update  including featured listings and sold properties, and monthly statistics on Charleston Real Estate Market.  RESA 2009 Staging Realtor of the Year Nominee. The Charleston Relocation Expert specializes in military relocation, first time homebuyers and creating marketing exposure to sell your home in the Charleston SC Real Estate market.  I can also be contacted by email at To view all Charleston Metro area houses for Sale Click Here and then click on Search for Homes.  With over 25 years of Lowcountry Living, I know the Charleston Metro area. I will help you get your home sold and/or help you buy your Charleston home or land.



 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 5 commentsMelissa Marro • January 21 2009 07:06PM


You are one lucky lady to have realtors believe in you and staging.   I've given up on working with them (except one) and am concentrating on other means of getting in the doors of the sellers.

Posted by Virginia Tatseos (Stage-Show-Sell) about 10 years ago

Now that is much more calming.  Before photo is so hectic and full of "everyday" clutter.  Do they have kids?  LOL  Unfortunately selling often means adjusting our lifestyle a bit while on market.  Great flow to the room now too.

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) about 10 years ago

It's invaluable to have working relationships with real estate agents who "get it" -- and by Michele praising the professionalism of your service it's more like a personal recommendation and validation for future clients. Very cool!

Posted by Leslie Olson, Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA (Leslie Olson Interiors) about 10 years ago

Basics are never overstated are they?  It seems we all "see it" when it comes to others homes but can't see the forest for the trees in our own home.  That's job security. 

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - about 10 years ago

Melissa - Great transformation.  Does anyone know when the majority of homes with children turned into Toys R Us?  I know children need toys but my goodness.  Why didn't my parents buy me all those things?  They've got some s'plaining to do. :)

Posted by Debbie Wheeler, Chandler, AZ Rooms Rearranged RESA, IRIS (Real Estate Staging/Rooms Rearranged, LLC) about 10 years ago

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