No Budget for Staging? 7 Money Saving Home Staging Tips with Great ROI

Home Stager with Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida

A home staging consultation may be all you need and for very little money, you can accomplish a lot in preparing your home for sale.  Karen Otto explains below tips and tricks of the trade to put your best "home" forward so that great photos can be presented on the web.


Her examples demonstrate quite well how to go from cluttered and overwhelmed to glam and ready to present for sale.


Thank you Karen for writing such a fabulous blog!

Original content by Karen Otto

Home staging is on a fast track to becoming an industry standard for selling homes in many markets. Here in Dallas, TX we're no exception.  The most cost effective service provided by professional home stagers is a home staging consultation and many Realtors are offering this as a value added marketing service to their listing packages.

Even after receiving tips and information from a home staging consultation, a client may feel they have no budget to update their possibly very dated home

A professional home stager worth their salt can offer up solutions for budget challenges even if the home seller can't afford to do a whole lot. Home stagers aren't in the business of making you spend more money but investing some to get you the best return along with providing real life, cost effective solutions to challenges you may have whether it be budget or design (aesthetic) related.

Here are 7 Money Saving Home Staging Tips with Great ROI & Results

  1. Remove dark colors and wallpaper. In the vast majority of homes painting a light, warm, neutral color is the best way to go.
  2. Remove heavy window treatments (or at least the valance & allow the side curtains to hang straight not "swagged")
  3. Get rid of excess large furniture (even taking the top of a china hutch off, eliminating a table leaf or removing a chair or two helps)
  4. Clear the clutter to storage! If you don't have time to sort before photos, sort once you move!
  5. Remove tablecloths and knitted doilies from all tables.
  6. Strongly consider removing or repurposing area rugs.
  7. Edit, edit, edit! Pack up ALL dusty faux floral arrangements, collectibles and knick knacks smaller than a cantaloupe. Less is often more when selling a home!

Even if you can't afford higher-end updates or the purchase or rental of home furnishings, minimizing your décor & bringing in natural light can go a long way for a little buck ! Home staging can be affordable and give you a great return on your 'sweat equity' investment. Getting the advice from a home staging professional in your area is the first step to know where to focus and how to do  it!

Dining room before and after staging

Stacked formal living room and dining room before and after staging


If you liked this blog then you'll love this oneNo Budget for Staging? Shop your house!


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.

  • Pre-list home staging property consultations
  • Post list "trouble shooting" property consultations - no matter how long a home has been on the market there are always ways to improve the chance of sale
  • Owner occupied property staging (utilizing owner supplied furniture & accessories or including some of our own inventory)
  • Vacant & investment property staging (Full and partial rental furniture packages, accessories and staging services)
  • Is your office interested in hosting a home staging class or presentation? Just ask!
  • Contact Karen at 496-964-0516 or Interested in starting your own Home Staging Business in Texas, OK or North West LA? I can help! Click the link below in the Staging & Redesign Box!

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“Foxy Interiors Inc. made our kitchen and living room redesign a reality. They were wonderful to work with every step of the way. We met with them on site to discuss our desire for a design “reset” and to review our options for reviving the space. Our home has modern lines but it lost its luster in a sea of dated wall and cabinet colors and clutter. They took in to account our likes and dislikes and offered many options for our consideration from paint colors and fabrics to finishes and textures. They developed a clear estimate per service offered. Their suggestions for enhancements made the biggest difference in the outcome of the redesign. For example, crown molding on the cabinets and an accent color for the breakfast nook resulted in an upscale redesign. We will definitely call on them again for their design and renovation expertise. We love our new space and highly recommend Foxy Interiors Inc. for your transformation! “


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Comments (5)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Marie,  just shows that you do not have to spend a lot of money to make improvements.

Jul 13, 2013 10:03 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Thank you re-blogging this Marie!

Jul 14, 2013 01:52 AM
Marie Fox
Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida - Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer

Hi Ronald, thanks for dropping by.  Home staging is very affordable.  A professional stager will provide the right advice to help a home present in its best possible light often making just a few minor changes for which we're trained.


Karen, you're most welcome.  This blog was so well written and the photographs say it all.  It was too good not to share.  Have a great day!

Jul 16, 2013 09:43 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Those are pretty amazing before and after photo. An investment in her work would give a good return on your money.

Jul 17, 2013 11:15 AM
Marie Fox
Foxy Interiors Inc. Lake Mary Florida - Lake Mary, FL
Lake Mary, Florida, Home Stager & RE Photographer

Hey Joe, thanks for dropping by. Any professional home stager is well versed in working their magic to obtain great results to prepare a home for sale or to dwell. Make it a great day!

Jul 17, 2013 12:21 PM