How can you Stage Your Vacant House on a Budget? (Part 1 of 2)
Sellers have a long list of reasons why they’d like to leave their property sit vacant. The cost of renting inventory is probably the biggest argument. I understand this reasoning. Its difficult to spend more cash in order to sell your home - especially, if you’ve already made all the recommended improvements and upgrades.
So, what are your options when money is tight and you realize the home feels naked and cold without furnishings? Take a look online at the comparable listings in your area and see how your competition looks. Are these homes furnished? If so, are they tastefully staged? If not, how do they make you feel? If you were the Buyer which one would you want to see?
First, talk to your REALTOR about having a certified Home Stager come in for a Consultation. They are professionally trained to be resourceful and present options for your specific situation. Here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Ask family members or friends if they have furniture that’s in good shape (not sun faded, torn, or sad) they could loan you. Keep it simple, no loud or obnoxious prints. Just one couch or a pair of chairs for your living/family room, preferably a solid, doesn’t even have to be neutral. Slipcovers can be an inexpensive option if necessary. Small tables, lamps, area rugs, artwork are all items they may have in their spare rooms or basements that could create a warm vignette in your home. One client borrowed an 8 x 10 area rug to add some color to a beige room. If you’re not sure, go ahead and place items in the garage for a Home Stager to review. They know all kinds of tricks of the trade to make an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.
2. Check out Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStore resale outlet stores, etc. These are all economical sources and they have a wealth of inventory that turns over weekly. I found a pair of Ethan Allen wingback chairs at my local Goodwill for $35 each. I had them re-upholstered, but could have easily been slipcovered.
Here's an example of one of those chairs and the ottoman used in a vacant staging.
I’m sure you have some ideas of your own to add to the list. It really doesn’t have to be about renting a whole house of furniture and accessories. Being creative and resourceful can still make a big impact in making a positive, emotional connection with your Buyers.
Cheers to a successful sale!
Home Stager, Interior Redesigner, Color Consultant
- delighted to style Colorado Springs and the Front Range community.