The rest of the basement is unfinished, basically one large room with the furnace, water heater, washer, dryer and some storage shelves. Oh yeah, there's a shower stall bathroom in the corner. The basement can be accessed by stairs from the kitchen or through the shop. They 2 separate spaces. (It's sloped lot, allowing for a walk-out basement in the rear for the shop.)
His realtor has told him that he should empty the shop before showing the house, so he has moved all of his equipment and material to storage until his new house is ready.
What are your thoughts? Would you have left the shop as staging or emptied the room like the realtor suggested? I have my own shop (not as nice as his) so I'm biased. If I was looking for a house and it had space for a shop I would think it would be nice to see it set up as staging. If staging bedrooms and kitchens is all the rage these days, why not stage a shop?