No Budget for Staging? Shop your House!

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ANYONE can afford a home staging consultation when selling a home however I fully realize not everyone can afford to rent or purchase furniture to stage their home for sale. 

That's where the services of a professional home stager can really kick in & not only save you money but MAKE you money too!

My favorite cost saving recommendation to home staging clients? Shop your own house first!

From lamps, chairs, plate chargers to bedroom dressers, you can easily re purpose and reuse items readily found in most homes to give a wow factor and big bang for NO extra bucks.

Here are two samples of a home where items already there were re purposed beautifully without spending one extra dollar! 

The only expense was their energy and sweat which will more than return the equity

(Family Room Staging Idea. A Bedroom Dresser used as a TV console. The TV had originally sat on brackets on the floor and I suggested they mount it to the wall and bring their large dresser (without the mirror) into this only living space (we measured first!) and use as a TV console.  One concern my client had; " Can we leave our clothes in it?" "Of course" I said! Removing this dresser from their bedroom also opened up that space creating much more visual square footage which is another area where they'll get a big ROI just for removing a piece of furniture.

Living room with dresser as TV console for staging to sell


Dining Room Staging Idea. Dresser Mirrors used as wall décor in other rooms. The mirror on this wall below was taken from the client's bedroom dresser (same dresser as above photo). They had to wire it securely from behind and viola, instant wall décor in a space that needed it. Mirrors also reflect back light and space and help increase visual square footage and brightness another big bang for NO buck!

Staged dining room with mirror from dresser


What "house shopping" tips and recommendations have you made and clients have followed where no money had to be spent but they got a big ROI?     

Professional Photography by Unique Exposure Photography 2013                               


Home Star Staging is the best home staging company located in Plano, TX and has been serving the North Texas Real Estate Market since 2006.

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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Karen, I love shopping sellers homes, they usually have so many pieces that can be used in other creative ways.  I always ask the seller if all of their decor items are out, and then they start showing me all the nooks and crannies where items are stashed.  I've found the most interesting items in closets, cabinets and garages.  Every homeowner, not just for sellers should have their homes shopped and redesigned.  It's the most affordable way for a whole new look.

May 05, 2013 11:20 AM #8
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I love all the examples that the readers chipped in, too. What a great idea to shop the house.
May 05, 2013 12:11 PM #9
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

A staging consultation is the best return on an investment a seller will ever make.  I have rearranged furniture, found the cute stuff being "saved" I don't know what?? and people sometimes even have art in a an closet. 

The main expertise is arrangement by the home stager and art placement is huge!

May 05, 2013 12:24 PM #10
The Temple Team
THE TEMPLE TEAM - Mooresville, NC
Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston

Love your ideas and suggestions .. so much so that we re-blogged it! Thanks :)

May 05, 2013 02:46 PM #11
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Karen ~ here's another example of how staging minimizes cost but maximizes impact by using only what the seller already has.  This family room off the kitchen was crowded and the focal point of the room wasn't highlighted:

 home staging lake oswego OR

We found a fun colorful rug upstairs and swapped out the bland rug; we broke up the sectional, removing the "block" that buyers saw when they entered this area, and repositioned the accent chair for a better seating arrangement.  We also re-accessorized the built-ins and found more impactful art to place above the room's focal point, the fireplace: lake oswego home stagers  

We kept the TV here because this active family didn't have another place for it, and it was important to make the house livable for them while it was on the market.   The sellers and their Realtor were delighted with the changes that we made, and the home sold shortly afterward. Happily Ever After!

May 05, 2013 04:02 PM #12
Kathy Scipione
Long and Foster Re Inc - Malvern, PA
Kathy Scipione, CRS, GRI, AHLS, ABR,

Great ideas! Thanks for the blog.  I use staging in my sales and you are so right that it does make a difference.  Removing items from a crowded room is so important!  Your ideas of re-using are priceless!

May 05, 2013 05:53 PM #13
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What a smart idea.  I love it.  While I'm not a stager, I did help a client solve an issue w/ her floors by suggesting that she move one of her nice area rugs from the living room to the entryway (to protect floors and cover small gap in wood) and by doing this, it will make the living room look larger since she had 2 large area rugs there (which just made the room look smaller).

May 05, 2013 07:33 PM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I want each and every one of the these stagers in Baltimore. Shopping  the house is a great concept.

May 05, 2013 08:18 PM #15
Jenn Morson
Metro Referrals - Crofton, MD
Licensed Referral Agent and ASP - Team Woda

Great ideas all around. Getting creative helps save clients money upfront as well as make them money when the house sells faster/at a higher price than if no staging were attempted. I have discovered that I also love this aspect of real estate - kind of like solving a puzzle of where everything best fits and highlights the features of the home. 

May 05, 2013 09:23 PM #16
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Wow, these are all great ideas for staging and costs almost nothing except hard work!

May 05, 2013 09:42 PM #17
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

So true Cindy - this totally works for redesigning too!

It's so great to see the other's share their knowledge & photos Cheryl!

You're so right Beverly - 70% of my business is consulting now.

Thank you Kent for reblogging!

Maureen this is a so much more open now and fresh! Great example, thank you for sharing!

Thank you Kathy!

A fresh eye is often all that's needed Debbie & who better than a floor expert to help with rug placement!

Aww what a nice compliment to us all Margaret, thank you!

YES! A puzzle Jenn! Put it all together right and everyone makes money on that one!

Sweat equity Marc!

May 05, 2013 10:41 PM #18
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen, what a great idea for sellers who are on a limited budget.

May 05, 2013 11:09 PM #19
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Thank you Michael!

May 05, 2013 11:15 PM #20
Julie Brown
Steffes Group, Inc. - Mount Pleasant, IA
Broker-Associate, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

What a great post.  Minimizing can sometimes be the hardest part for sellers when listing their home.  We sometimes forget to use what we have.  If we didn't want it why would we have purchased it in the first place? 

May 06, 2013 01:02 AM #21
Barb Hutson
Sonoran Accents Home Staging & Redesign, Phoenix Metro, AZ. - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Home Stager, Redesign Expert 480-216-7182

Karen ~ I love the jobs where we use what the seller has to transform the property.  It's like walking in to a pop quiz and solving the puzzle.  Small problem!  Implementing the advice of a home stager will always increase the chances of a faster sale.

May 06, 2013 01:22 AM #22
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

It often takes fresh eyes to see the potential for our things Julie!

You're so right Barb, it's like a puzzle where we know where the pieces will fit by just looking at them =)

May 07, 2013 11:10 PM #23
Susan Kirk
Refreshing Innovations - Silver Spring, MD
Home Staging in MD, VA, DC, ASP

Karen, I live off of your idea with my staging.  I just wrote a blog about what you find in the closets and basements that are tucked away and can be treasures for staging!  

In the bedroom below, I moved things around, found a comforter and pillows in the closet that brought more color into the room, cleaned out some clutter and it has a much warmer feel.

Master without color


Master with color

May 09, 2013 08:03 AM #24
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

It's amazing with a little different independent look at ones home how you can splash a little this, move a little that and eliminate this & that and bingo - the home looks fresh and inviting.  Sometimes it just takes the owner allowing a fresh eye on things.  Very nice post Karen!

May 14, 2013 10:56 AM #25
Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Lethbridge Real - Lethbridge, AB
just call jen

Great photos and great ideas.  There are lots of sellers who have many items for staging, they just need your guidance on what to use.

Jul 13, 2013 12:21 AM #26
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

You sure know your stuff when it comes to Home Staging. I found your first blog when I did a search on Active Rain called "How to find sellers". I want to write more seller blogs now. Thanks for sharing. Great post.

Oct 26, 2013 06:29 AM #27
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