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Tips from Atlanta Home Stager, Kathy Nielsen

Tips from Atlanta Home Stager, Kathy Nielsen

Last night, as I was going through some of my home staging before and after pictures, I came upon this set and remembered fondly the homeowners reactions when they saw the transformation. They were thrilled and didn't want to leave. Funny, that's exactly my goal, but... not with the sellers. My objective when staging is to keep the potential buyer engaged

The changes made to this living room were simple, by design. And, these changes are ones that any seller can make. See below for a further explanation on each of these tips.

Home Staging Before and After Pictures

Keep décor simple, but engaging - Choosing the right accessories is always an important element in setting the stage for a quick sale. Over accessorizing adds clutter.

Expose the real estate the home offers - Notice the glass coffee table? This see-through element helps to visually expand the space. 

Highlight the features of your home - The bank of windows is a beautiful feature within this home. The tall centerpiece on the coffee table helps draw the buyers eye upwards. In your home, find your features and draw the buyer in.

When showing, turn on all lights - Sounds simple and it is. In this case, we had a ceiling fan with a light. We also turned on the lamp which helps to add warmth.

Style to the demographics of the buyer - Knowing the demographics of your buyer is an important step in the process. For example, If they're likely to be young, go less traditional. 

These tips were brought to you by Atlanta Home Stager, Kathy Nielsen.

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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. 


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Comment balloon 19 commentsKathy Nielsen • September 09 2011 07:38AM


Kathy, these tips are great and your picture illustrated just what you were saying.  Home staging sold our flip house so we believe in what you do!

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 9 years ago

Kathy all great tips and the average Joe wouldn't know how these are techniques to draw the buyer's eye to the home's architectural features - not just furniture and accessories choices and placement. I like the way you illustrate that staging isn't decorating, it's a way to market the home by appealing to the broadest range of buyers - that is key when selling.

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

As always Kathy, your staging and tips are fantastic! 

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) about 9 years ago

Great tips Kathy!  I can see why the homeowners didn't want to leave.  The chaise just begs for a cup of hot tea and a book.

Posted by Maria Tobin, ASP, IAHSP (Staged For Success) about 9 years ago

Kathy- I love how you gave tips that any seller could use as their guidelines.  And that space by the door now is so inviting with the chaise and table. (suggested)

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

Good morning Kathy,

Great tips and fabulous staging...thanks for sharing!

Posted by Bill Blankenship (Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Kathy - Great tips and also a great explanation on why you placed certain objects or types of objects in the space.  We don't just plonk items down and hope for the best.  There is often a very special reason or thought process behind what we do, such as your explanation on choosing a glass coffee table to make the room look more spacious.  Also, your staging is just plain gorgeous.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 9 years ago

Hi Kathy - Trading out the desk for the chaise was brilliant - it puts the focus on the windows!

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

Kathy ~ this post illustrates why you are one of the best home stagers in the universe!   Beautiful and purposeful staging, amazing photos, and an excellent presentation on how/why it all works.  Thanks for sharing your incredible expertise with us!

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

Kathy....GREAT tips and GREAT staging!  I have been so inspired by your photo's here on A/R...and learned much from your blogging!!  THANKS!!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) about 9 years ago

Kathy, great post with very important tips to follow, and the illustration to it is very much like "there is something about this house that make me want to come back".

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) about 9 years ago

Thanks, everyone!  This was one of my most favorite projects as the transformation was literally night/day different. And the sellers were an absolute gem. 


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

Excellent tips, Kathy! Keep them coming!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) about 9 years ago

Excellent, useful techniques that most people never think of.

Posted by Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating (Beth Lester Designs) about 9 years ago

Great tips. The demographics of the area for knowing the potential buyer are so important.

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 9 years ago

Hi Kathy, and one more time... great tips, great idea to add the Q&A section to your blogs. People always search for answers...

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) about 9 years ago

Thanks Kathy!  These are great tips to keep in mind.  The Before & After is great.

Posted by Michelle Drewry, Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group (Signature Real Estate Group ) about 9 years ago

HI Kathy, it never hurts to repeat the basic tips for staging a home. Well presented and the pictures illustrate the tips perfectly.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 9 years ago


Great transformation!  I love it!  I just reminded my newest lease listing to open all blinds and turn on lights for the showing today.   The simple things are key.

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

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