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Sometimes You Only Need to Stage a Little Bit!

Home Stager with Kates Home Staging and Interior Design Owner & Lead Designer

A couple of months ago, a local investor called me and was inquiring about having one of his houses staged.  He was new to flipping houses and did not want to spend a fortune on having the home staged, but he knew he needed some form of home staging.


Based on the expected selling point of the home, the potential buyer audience, and all the repairs my client needed to make he did not want to spend more than $4,000 on home staging.


I know some of you may think $4,000 is a lot of money to spend, but the home was in an excellent school district and was going to be priced very aggressively ($250,000). Also, we wanted potential buyers to remember this home.


To meet my client's budget, we agreed on minimal staging for the following rooms:

  • The front porch
  • The first room you enter into from the front door - Living Room
  • Kitchen - you could see part of the Kitchen as you entered the home
  • Small room off the Kitchen
  • The Master bedroom

He received multiple offers within the first week, and had an accepted offer after about (10) days on the market. 


Here are a few photos of the first room a buyer would see:

Front room of stagd house

view into kitchen from living room

I used pops of oranges and yellow throughout the home to try and grab everyone's attention.

Sometimes, a home may only need to be staged a little bit but it can make a world of difference :)

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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There are times when simplicity is best like this example.

Jul 12, 2016 11:28 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

So very true, Kate. Sometimes only subtle changes are necessary to make a big difference.

Jul 15, 2016 03:20 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

So true Kate Talarico even a little stagging goes a long way. 

Jul 15, 2016 09:54 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kate, I love to work with stagers who understand how to work with a seller’s budget.

Jul 17, 2016 09:44 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Working within budgets is one of the challenges home stagers across the country need to do.  It's so interesting how staging prices vary in different areas!  In Portland OR, a budget of $4,000 would fully stage a much larger home.  

Aug 06, 2016 03:38 AM
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Maureen - New York is painfully expensive to rent furniture.   I would love to stage an entire home for $4,000 :)  Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 06, 2016 03:44 AM