Open plan homes always benefit from keeping a cohesive color and style flow throughout the connected rooms -- especially when the rooms are on the smaller side -- as in this rebuilt home in Summit, NJ. Otherwise, the rooms can seem disjointed and choppy, or worse, look tacky if there are multiple color changes. Previously, this home was virtually staged in just 2 downstairs rooms, but buyers were disappointed when they came to see the home, which was vacant. Now with actual furniture in place, buyers see the seating, relaxation, and entertainment possibilities in this 4 bedroom, $1.25 million home.
Staging with neutral colors tends to make any home look more modern and spacious, and allows buyers to focus on the features of the home -- floors, trim, cabinets, countertops, fireplace, etc. The cost of staging the 6 main rooms in this home -- living, dining, family, kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom, plus foyer and baths -- for 3 months, all-inclusive with staging fee, furniture and accessory rental, and delivery was less than $5500, more than 50% less than the industry average of 1% of list price.