You Might Not Need a Dining Room But Buyers Expect to See One

I’ve staged hundreds of homes and discovered that many people don’t use their dining rooms as such. For some families it’s a big empty space filled with toys, for others, especially when the dining room and living room are one, it becomes one big living room with the family eating in the kitchen.

living room dining room before staging

living room dining room after staging



A distinct living room and dining room were created with rental furnishings and accessories provided by Six Elements. The original mismatched items were used in other ways throughout the house or put in storage. This house was featured in a TV news show about home staging.

Not having a dining room is fine for how you might choose to live in your home. But when it’s time to sell you need to re-think how you’re showing the use or purpose of each room.

dining room dining room before staging

dining room after staging



Once I suggested turning the “play room” back into a dining room, the client was able to borrow this set from her mother while the house was on the market.

Prospective buyers have a startling lack of imagination and if you don’t show a dining room as such, they’ll be thinking there isn’t one. Part of the problem is that most buyers see 6 or 8 homes in a day and whip through them pretty fast. In fact, I compared house hunting to speed dating in a recent article.

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Debra Gould, President Six Elements Inc.

Home staging expert Debra Gould is president of Six Elements Inc. She has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate, including seven of her own homes. Debra has gained international recognition and has been featured in major media in the US and Canada including: HGTV, CNN Money, CBC National News, CBS Radio, GlobalTV, CityTV, The Wall Street Journal, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest and more.

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