My Art Is Off's worth half the value of my home!

Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

This was the commet from my client today, before I even began my consultation.  Although I can appreciate the value and the pieces that you have collected over the years...your home is not an art gallery and as a professional stager I need to make sure we are helping buyers focus on your home...and not your art collection.

A very difficult situation...but as a professional stager it is my job to help homeowners focus on the home and not their belongings. In the end I was able to help the homeowner realize the true purpose of staging...some pieces will be coming down and some pieces replaced. This homeowner had over 250 pieces of art to choose from, so we had a great selection to work with.

Now I'm confident that his home will show well and sell fast!

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Fred Griffin Licensed Real Estate Broker
Tallahassee Florida. Call 850-339-4861
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker

Donna, I saw a house where the owner collected "Hummels".   I have also seen a house that was filled with "Batman" souvenirs, photographs, autographs, and collectibles.  And I have seen others...

  Get rid of it! 

  Buyers will be so distracted looking at "The Museum", that they will never put in an Offer.

August 18, 2011 12:18 AM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas

Fred...We need to help sellers realize we are selling their home....not their belongings, even if it's worth a lot of money!

August 18, 2011 12:23 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Donna -- good call.  Anything that distracts buyers from noticing the home's features is a lost opportunity to capture their interest in the home.  I advise my sellers exactly the same thing  :-)

August 18, 2011 12:24 AM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial

I have encountered this problem too. Often the art work is nicer than the home. You don't want a buyer coming into a listing, looking at the artwork and forgetting to look at the house!

August 18, 2011 12:27 AM
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto
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Almost always it's best to remove it all ti prepare for sale.
August 18, 2011 01:07 AM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

Anything that distracts the focus away from the home and its unique features hinders the marketing efforts of a property for sale.

August 18, 2011 04:28 AM
Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Value or cost of things does not necessarily determine whether they will be beneficial to the sale of the home.  This is a hard concept for sellers to understand sometimes.

August 18, 2011 07:36 AM
Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Hi Donna--250 pieces of art?  More like a museum than a house.  I am sure the client will enjoy showing all the pieces in their new home--which they get to move to faster after following your advice! 

August 18, 2011 09:28 AM
Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Good for you, Donna - you strapped on that brass bra and told them the truth!  Truth will always win out.

August 18, 2011 10:00 AM
Lynn Crawford
Staging DC & Maryland
A Different View

Donna - I have a great story about "priceless" art or accessories. I partner with a local stager who often handles some of my staging consults for me. He was staging an occupied house in a very expensive neighborhood when the homeowner's daughter came home and gave him all kinds of grief for rearranging the extremely valuable vases.

Once she finished her tirade he turned them over just out of curiosity and found the $9.99 TJ Maxx price tag still attached. So much for "priceless". :)

August 18, 2011 11:29 AM
Kathy Burke
S.F. East Bay Home Staging
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA

Donna.....I run into this all the time.  And your sooooo's not a museum or an art gallery that is on the market but the sale of the HOME!  I once had a "potential" client say...."WHAT....your going to replace MY art with that production art?".  I didn't get that job!!

August 18, 2011 11:51 AM
Julea Joseph
Lead Stylist at Reinventing Space / House Stager
Reinventing Space

I just had the opposite happen.  I just did a staging evaluation for an estate home of parents - and as we toured the basement laundry room, they had stacked art leaning on the wall from their cleanup efforts - Just sitting on the cement floor...

As I flipped through the art to see if we could use any pieces, I spotted a piece I recognized, as I own one - I knew the artist and value  around $10,000.00.  Looked it up for them when I got home and was dead on.

When it comes to Art - It too pays to be Art educated in this field as well.  Glad it didn't end up in a Garage Sale... and then on Antiques Road Show!

August 18, 2011 12:12 PM
Julea Joseph
Lead Stylist at Reinventing Space / House Stager
Reinventing Space

Donna, What I always say to my clients with collections that are not deemed "stagable," - It's best that we archive your collections for now, so that our buyers aren't distracted by them (it.)  Also, if it so valueable, you risk that it might be touched, knocked over, etc...

August 18, 2011 12:17 PM
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas

We all seem to agree! Sell the home...not the contents!

August 18, 2011 11:06 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Donna - I've switched out priceless pieces of art for $50 art from Home Sense because the colours worked better and the vibe was more contemporary.  Some of that priceless art has very heavy, dated, traditional frames.  Great call on your part.

August 19, 2011 11:52 AM
Kym Tarr
Its all in the details!
Prep This House Interiors Inc.

Hi Donna,


We actually did a staging job not that long ago where we placed (we were not aware of the value of the painting)an expensive painting in a master en suite because it went better with the colour scheme.  The homeowner was mortified!  But agreed to leave in where it was because it co ordinated the other en suite pieces... at least while the home was up for sale... as it happens the home sold in a week!  All was good!

August 20, 2011 10:52 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging

Yes, wea ll agree-great job and good blog!

August 21, 2011 10:08 PM
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