Sometimes It is Better If Your Renter Moves Out – Home Staging Minneapolis

Yes, sometimes it really is better if your renter moves out.

Minneapolis MN Home Stager

I see this alot. People have rental properties and when they decide to sell they put it on the market while the renter is living in the property. After six months or a year it is still for sale and they wonder why. 

You may be one of the few landlords where your tenants have beautiful furniture, keep their home spotless, and are so willing to assist you with getting your property sold.

But….if you aren't living in a fantasy world the norm is your tenant has nothing to gain and probably a lot to lose if your property is sold. There is no incentive for them to keep it clean as a minimal starting point much less everything else that goes with selling. 

Luckily this Landlord knew that. 

Having all the furniture centered around the TV isn't optimal for selling besides the fact you should never walk into the back of furniture right inside the door.


LR Before


And using the Dining Room as a place to have your speakers for a jam session may not bring top dollar.


DR Before


A kitchen filled with clutter….aahhh..NO.


Kitchen Before


This space had so much potential but the renter's furniture wasn't showing what it could be.


Heath Area Before


A HUGE master bedroom with a sitting area is a huge selling feature but when the sitting area is used for storage is just feels gross.


Sitting Area Before


And this Master Bedroom retreat wasn't feeling very tranquil. 


Master bedroom before


Bathroom Before


So….let's see what the Landlord received when they had asked the advice of Rooms With Style Home Staging. 

The renter moved out, a paint color was selected, then the property was staged with modern furnishings. 

An open arrangement floor plan for the living room:


LR After


LR After


An actual Dining Room:


DR After 


A kitchen that now shows all the counter tops, built-in bookshelves and a place for stools.


Kitchen After


And how about this wonderful hearth area alongside the fireplace now? What a great place for people to sit and sip a cocktail while you are cooking during a dinner party. 


Hearth After


Hearth Area after


The Master Bedroom Retreat and sitting area….now the buyer can see what the space can be.


Sitting Area After 



Master Bedroom After



Bathroom After


This property sold in six days when units directly on each side of it had been for sale long before theirs.

Dont' gamble that your tenant will do what is best for you in showing your property in it's best light. If at all possible, take the time to have them move outfreshen the space and do any necessary upgrades and have the property staged.

It will save you in the long run. 


LR close up



 If you need advice on what to do with your rental property. Call:

Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign in Minneapolis, MN


Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer


Written By

Shar is an award winning Designer and Home Stager and the owner of 'Rooms With Style' and the 'Certified Staging and Redesign Acadamy.' She has been in the design industry for over 25 years and her background includes studies in Interior Design as well as Horticulture to assist with your home’s curb appeal. Shar has a talent for taking simple things; placing them in their best light and making them shine. Another Sharlene from North Dakota, Shar and Sharlene knew they were destined to work together when they first met! She has been blogging here and helping bring out the best in the homes of Sharlene's sellers since 2011.

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