Home Selling Staging Tips – Define Rooms To Get Top Dollar


There are three factors that determine if a house sells; price, location, and condition. Home staging focuses on condition.  We stress the importance of professional home staging so you can get the most amount of money for your home. Today’s tip will focus specifically on the importance of making sure potential buyers understand the purpose of every room in your house.

An important point to remember is that how you live in a home and how you market and sell your house are two different things. While living in a home, many owners use rooms differently than their intended purpose. Some people use a formal dining room as an office, a living room as a play area for young kids, and a bedroom as a storage room. Regardless of how you use a room while you live in your home, the rooms must be converted back prior to putting the home on the market. 

If the buyers don’t know what they would do with a specific room, it then becomes useless space to them.  They will have a harder time envisioning their furniture and themselves in your home and more importantly, a buyer won’t pay your price if they feel they cannot properly use the space of the home. Why pay for something you don’t think you’ll use?

Here are some examples:

In this example, the sellers used a sitting area / living room as a multi-purpose room. It looks more like a storage area than actual livable space. After staging, the room now feels like a defined sitting area. It is much less cluttered and is more appealing visually to a potential buyer.


 Undefined spaceDefined spaceBEFORE                                                                                      STAGED









In this example, a seller was using their family room as an office. While it is common to do this while living in the home, it needed to be better defined before putting it on the market.  


 Den after definedDen before undefinedBEFORE                                                                                      STAGED








Here, the family room was being used as a storage/exercise room. It is not uncommon for home owners to keep weights and other exercise equipment in a bedroom or other room in their home. However, when selling your home, the rooms need to be staged to allow a buyer to get a better sense of the purpose of the room.  


BEFORE                                                                                        STAGED 

family room defined after

family room defined before









If you want to get top dollar for your home, you must define every room. A qualified home stager has the vision, experience, and knowledge to assist in your efforts to best market your home to sell.

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Amy Schuman is an Accredited Staging Professional and has staged dozens of homes. Click here to see some great before and after photos of her work.


If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Bainbridge, BeachwoodMoreland HillsOrange, Pepper Pike, Solon or the surrounding Eastern suburbs, please contact us as we would be happy to show you why people love working with the Schuman Team.

The Schuman Team uses their home staging expertise to sell listings quicker and for more money. The average home in the Cleveland area sold in over 100 days in 2008 and our listings sold in less than 60 days. The Schuman Team specializes in luxury homes and are members of the Luxury Home Consultants of Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland and of the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, the premier independent authority in training and certification for real estate agents working in the luxury home market. We also work extensively with buyers and sellers who are relocating in or out of the area. Check out our great relocation package.

To see all homes currently on the market in the Cleveland area, click here. For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.

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