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

Reblogger Kevin Vitali
Real Estate Agent with EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales

Thanks Karen Otto for this post.  I love the before and after of the combined dining room and living room photograph.  This is a typical scenario I run into.  The way the client lives in the house is not condusive to showing off the house.

If you look closely no money was spent.  Everything was just paired down and re-arranged.  Much of the living room furniture has been removed and rearranged.  The flow has been changed to give an open flow between the living room and dining room.  The dining room table was paired to to four chairs and the dining room set does not overwhelm the space. 

Home staging is not about decorating it is about merchandising your home- Tewksbury Real Estate!

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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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     This is very well summed up by Karen.  If you don't have the $$$ to pay for renting the Stager's furniture, etc. - then at least pay the consulting fee to the Stager for her opinion on how to best present your house.

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