Any value to partial staging?
Friends of mine are are putting their handsome, midcentury home on the market. It is vacant and in good shape. They are selling it themselves. There is nothing problematic about the home, and they are pricing it right. The floors are newly refinished hardwood, all the rooms are freshly painted, the kitchen has been remodeled, and things like roofing, landscape, plumbing and electric are all in good shape.
They want to do a minimal amount of staging. I think that putting a few things in a few rooms will make the house look silly. They think having a bed, a chair, a nightstand and lamp in just one of the bedrooms is a good idea, but I think it will look tacky. They want to set a table with placemats, plates and cups in the dining room, but I think it will look scanty. They think an ornate loveseat and an Asian rug by the fireplace will look classy, and I think it will look like they haven't finished moving out.
I'm differing with them on two scores: the idea that partially staging the house will help sell it, and secondly, that their taste is too specific, too girly, too old school, to appeal to the largest group of buyers. I guess my queston is, how can I tactfully suggest that they leave the house bare and beautiful, without offending them?
I know this forum has seen lots of discussion about staging, pro and con. I'm all for staging, but under these cicumstances, I think way, way less is more.
They know that I have sold homes of my own, and that they are new to this kind of project. I've already suggested using a realtor, and not staging, but they are determined. Do I just get over being being a know-it-all decor snob, and shut up?