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Selling a House is Hard. Selling a Home is Easier

Selling a House is Hard. Selling a Home is Easier

Last month, our Atlanta home staging company de-staged 6 homes and staged 6 new ones. All 12 had one thing in common - they were all vacant homes that were either on the market for a while or were getting ready to list. 

Unfortunately, a vacant listing doesn't always come across as a "home."

Here's why:


  • They lack warmth
  • The walls, windows, flooring and ceiling are all that are left to engage the buyer.
  • Buyers have a more difficult time connecting with the home on an emotional level 


Here are examples of a home we staged last week:

Living room before being professionally home staged:

Home Staging Atlanta LR Before Home Staging


Living room after picture:

Living room after home staging


Dining room before home staging:

dining room before home staging

Dining room after:

dining room after home staging

Master bedroom before:

master bedroom before home staging

Master bedroom after

master bedroom after home staging


Dining room table close-up




Home Staging Atlanta - Kathy Nielsen - 678 522 8392

 TOP 10 Professional Stager of the Year in the

United States 2013  - RESA

This Atlanta home stager understands what it takes to separate your home or listing from the others on the market. Armed with a massive inventory, we can add the furniture and accessories befitting the style of the home as well as the demographics of the buyer. We also provide our after pictures at no additional charge. 


Atlanta Georgia Home Stager Kathy Nielsen


Our Atlanta home staging services have helped hundreds of sellers secure a contract quickly. Visit our website at to see first-hand the solutions for selling your home, listing or flipped property. Contact us today to schedule your appointment by emailing Kathy at or by calling 678 522 8392. We've got the furniture and accessories your home needs!



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Comment balloon 15 commentsKathy Nielsen • May 03 2011 07:27AM


Kathy: I have a client that your post could help. How do I convince her that this additonal expense would work? We have tried and tried. Once they moved out, all the flaws, although relatively minor are exposed. The house next door came on and is gone - in some part because it is furnished. The folks that I have that are interested haven't sold their home?  we are stuck. Thoughts?

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 9 years ago

Wow, that looks like a ton of work.  You move all that in and then move it all out?  It looks great, but, I can't imagine moving all that furniture constantly.  I appreciate my job a lot more now!

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 9 years ago

Now that's a gorgeous transformation from blah to beautiful.  I hope it sells quickly.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 9 years ago

Kathy - You are without a doubt one of the best stagers in the world - did you hear me - the world! I love everything you've done - it's so tasteful, beautiful and inviting it won't sit on the market long! How I wish I could spend a week with you watching you transform homes! Suggested!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

Kathy, No one could possibly deny that your work is a huge and marketable improvement.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 9 years ago

What wonderful work you do.  It makes such a great difference.  Great job.

Posted by Stella Barbour, Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland (NoVa Brokers LLC) over 9 years ago

Awe, you guys are so sweet. Thank you for your kind words.

Anne - I would take her to some website with great examples of before and after pictures. I would also allow her to understand just how important the MLS photos are and more specifically, how a well staged home stands out on the Internet. With buyers using the Internet to create their short list of homes they want to see in person, the photos become critically important. A vacant listing on line is far less appealing than a well staged home.  Hope that helps.

Kristine - come on down! I'd love to have you.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 9 years ago

Kathy- I always love your Before and After photos mainly because I love your work. Love those lamps on the nightstands!!! Did you do the flowers? 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Kathy ~ another beautifully staged and photographed home!  Love the "tulips" this time of year and your close ups are fantastic!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 9 years ago

What's so great about these examples is how the spaces will engage the buyers.  How the living room not only demonstrates how furniture can fit, but shows the flow through (courtesy of round coffee table) to the lovely dining room.  Every room flows visually as well as physically.  People are bound to linger longer in these spaces than before.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 9 years ago

I appreciate all the nice compliments. Thank you.

Kathy S - I got those lamps at Marshalls about 6 months ago. I also saw something similar at Ross for Less yesterday. They were a little smaller scale than these which is why I didn't purchase them. As for the flowers - they're all silk arrangements that were purchased. 

Thanks, Maureen & Julia!


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 9 years ago

Kathy--Everyone has already said everything I think.  I always love your staging and the photography. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 9 years ago

Your post shows how effective staging can be in a vacant home. The rooms look small and lifeless before. Great job as usual Kathy!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Kathy,   I love these before and afters.  Yellow tulips are my favorites!  I am going to reblog as an example of great staging! 

Posted by Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor (Carlson Properties 325-721-2429) over 9 years ago

Kathy beautiful work.  I love seeing how you make vacant homes come alive...your choices of furniture, artwork and accessories are fabulous.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) about 9 years ago

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