Staging FAQ’s- What Can I Do If I Don’t Have a Lot Of Furnishings in My Home?

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Staging FAQ’s- What Can I Do If I Don’t Have a Lot Of Furnishings in My Home?


Not every home I’ve consulted on has been stuffed to the gills. Believe it or not, there have been a few homes that were seriously lacking items that wouldstaging faqs have helped add color and texture to the home.


One of the first properties I staged had very little in the way of extra furnishings and very little color as well. The sellers had moved most of their belongings to their new home in another state and did not want to spend another dime on their current house.


So what can a seller do if they don’t have a lot of extras to help create the mood of their house and their budget is limited?



1. Curb Appeal

Create the mood BEFORE a buyer walks in.  Make sure that dead plants are removed, bushes and shrubs trimmed, weeds removed, and there are some welcoming plants at the front door.

Investment: Sweat equity + some plants


curb appeal2.Spend some time at your front door

Buyers and their agent will spend some time at the front door while they are attempting to get in.  Make them feel welcomed with a fresh doormat and updated light fixtures and door hardware. Refresh your door with a good cleaning and paint or stain.

Investment: time, minimum labor, new fixtures.


3.  Clean under, over, around, on top of and in everything in your house.

Take cleaning to a new high and low!  Clean baseboards, make your windows sparkle, leave no dust bunny unturned. Let your buyers focus on how move-in-ready your house is.

Investment: your time and sweat equity


4.  Put some Style in what you do have

Stagers usually focus on key rooms such as the kitchen, family room, master bedroom, and bath.

If you have any furniture and accessories in these rooms focus on them.

You don’t have to try to stage every room. If you have to move pieces from another room, then do that.

Stagers have a wonderful ability to walk around your house and repurpose or reposition what you have.

Investment:  your time


5.  Borrow or rent fill in items.

You could borrow from friends or rent items from a Home Stager.  One of my clients borrowed a small table from her friend. It was just what they needed to help buyers visualize the space.

If you just need fill-in artwork and accessories, you can rent them from your home stager for as little as $100 a month.

Some of my clients have given me a budget for accessories and I purchased them for them to keep.


Investment: minimal and worth it!




6. Let your buyers see what you DO have

Turn on your lights, open your blinds and make sure your buyers can see what you have!

Investment:  minimal



7.  You’ve heard this before but paint is still one of the most cost-effective ways to protect the investment you have in your home.

All white walls can be cold and can leave buyers going “eh.” Painting your walls a buyer-friendly neutral color such as a grey or taupe gives them a better opportunity to see all of the possibilities of your house.  


Investment: priceless!




Bringing in additional furniture isn’t always necessary or budget friendly.  However, you can always make sure that your home puts its best foot forward.


Call your local home stager for more details.




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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Kathy Streib ,

So glad to see this post featured..great ideas that can turn an ordinary home to an extraordinary one! Your photo of the overgrown landscaping is perfect..many just done see that first impression can set the tone.

Mar 28, 2019 04:34 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Barbara Todaro it was such an easy fix and made a huge difference.

Thank you Lise Howe 


Mar 28, 2019 05:09 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Wayne Martin you really don't have to break your budget!

Nina Hollander unfortunately most sellers have too many things in their homes. But having some items can add a wonderful texture to your home. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:27 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England the underlying thing should be to start with a clean home. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you!!! It's one of my favorites from a condo in Ocean Ridge. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I love staging occupied homes for that reason. It's fun to work with what the homeowner has. 


Mar 28, 2019 05:30 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Donald Urschalitz and thank you!!! I appreciate that. 

Kat Palmiotti Thank you. Glad that you like them. 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I couldn't agree more with you!!! Larry once refused to look at a home because the outside was awful!  And yes to the paint. It's such a quick and easy way to maximize your investment in your home. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:33 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider you have to get the buyers in the home. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Thank you!!! Easy tips for sellers. 

George Souto it takes so little when you look at what sellers already have invested in their home. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:34 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Beth Atalay I'm still meeting people who feel that buyers will want to choose their own paint/flooring so why invest in it. 

Michael Jacobs Dirt and odor outweigh many things when buyers are looking. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson sadly that is usually the case. In one of my homes, the seller's friends even offered to go to Marshalls and Home Goods to buy items for her but she refused. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:37 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi John Henry I have a thing for doors and hate it when they don't look welcoming. 

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR this was from one of my first consultations. It was amazing what trimming the bushes and removing the dead plants did for the curb appeal. 

Mar 28, 2019 05:40 PM #25
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

I always recommend painting, preferably inside and out and to meticulously clean everywhere.  Great ideas about using what you have and making the most of it.  

Mar 28, 2019 06:10 PM #26
Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Bringing buyers and sellers together!

Rently showed a home that had one of those large storage containers in the driveway.  When I walked inside I was very surprised to see a home literally jammed with stuff.  In the garage there were boxes stacked upon boxes and the patio had boxes stacked there also.  My sympathy went out to the sellers that had so much stuff.  Sometimes a mostly open home with very few belongings is easier to see.

Mar 28, 2019 06:40 PM #27
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease



Great informatiohn and totally spot on!  Critical to have your house in the best condition.  While being cost concious is good, by forfeiting staging, they are most likely hurting themselves financially.  Staged homes sell faster and for more money.  We are a fan of everything you are saying.


All the best, Michelle

Mar 28, 2019 07:48 PM #28
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great suggestions, Kathy.

Our Team believes that staging is so important that we own our our staging company and provide staging as an integral part of our benefits of listing with us. 

Mar 28, 2019 09:48 PM #29
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

You are on a roll with all of these features, well deserved I may add.  Just this past week my wife was on a mission to get rid of a lot of things in the back year.  With that mission accomplished she now starting on the garage..  Life is good

Mar 29, 2019 01:26 AM #30
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thansk for post.  So important and when we have sold in past the tips from Realtor were so helpful in that part.  Staging does make the home much more attractive to potential buyers and it actually looks better even to those living in it once it is done.  Especially so if one wants top dollar for their home or if they are in a buyers market.

Mar 29, 2019 04:17 AM #31
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Good morning Kathy, great tips! I was just in a very large home which was vacant on a listing appointment and as I toured the home all I could think about the entire time was how much the home would benefit by staging. Curb appeal was also critical to give a great first impression and changes were definitely needed.

Mar 29, 2019 04:56 AM #32
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

We don't have a lot of stagers in my nearby market, but the sellers that have done it, it shows. I can tell a staged house from the normal, they just stand out so much.

Mar 29, 2019 05:05 AM #33
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, you have shared some tips that are fairly easy to accomplish and they will make the house show better.


Mar 29, 2019 09:30 AM #34
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice, Kathy!

We are currently attending showings with our son and his wife, who are looking to buy, and I'm disgusted at how little the sellers do to prepare their house for sale at some of these listings.

Mar 29, 2019 12:17 PM #35
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

I liked how you broke each point out and then summarized the "cost" whether it was labor or a small investment.    Great advice for those who don't have enough colorful stuff!

Apr 01, 2019 09:27 AM #36
William Cook
Omni Fund, Inc. - Sarasota, FL
Your Mortgage Lending Expert

It is well wirth it to help prospects see the potential the home offers.  Although, isn't VR becoming more popular with millenials?

Even still, I am very positive about home staging after a short, short stint working on props on a film set.

Apr 04, 2019 07:39 AM #37
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