Home Staging Magic: Vacant Home Gets Major Makeover

By Roslyn Ashford,Zillow Blog Contributor

Plenty of home stagers will tell you that the best time to hire one is every time a home is listed for sale. But as a stager, I have found some homes need more staging assistance than others. My experience has found that the strongest cases for home staging are either:

• Vacant properties with an open floor plan (e.g., a living and dining combo)
• Vacant properties with rooms that seem small, or their purpose is confusing

While some buyers can visualize their possessions in a vacant home, staging certainly helps the seller when furniture, art and accessories showcase a home's layout and help potential buyers see it as a home. A great example is a home for sale in Takoma Park, Md., that we recently staged (photos below). The layout was a bit awkward as the house had been recently renovated, but some of the architectural elements of the original home remained intact, as shown below.

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