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 would 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
2.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!
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.
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.