This is a great blog written by Terrylynn Fisher, Realtor CRS, CSP Staging Advocate. Some paint and de-cluttering can make a huge difference in how a home will show.
When you can't do everything, a little paint goes a LONG way!!! Why do I make that statement, well Realtors and Stagers would prefer that clients do everything on the "list", wouldn't we? Of course we would! BUT in the real world, some clients just don't have the ability or funds to do so. So when THEY choose what to do (with your guidance of course), make sure they are choosing the most impactful thing to bring them the return on investment. Does your staging partner give your clients choices based on a priority? Of course your staging team can do the work if sellers have the budget, but easing them into it gets more accomplished. These are two examples of sellers that couldn't complete the whole list...but paint is always in the top 5 on my "staging list"... and top of the list for impact on a drive by, on the internet and in person are of course, CURB APPEAL, because if you can't get them inside they won't buy; and KITCHENS...The cook usually has the final vote on which home to buy a larger percentage of the time, and kitchens matter alot to the cook.
YES, we'd have loved to have a SS refrigerator and new light fixture in this condo...but the budget was tapped out with paint, appliances and countertops and flooring. SO, now the refrigerator just blends in and the rest is such a wow, it had almost as good an impact, certainly on internet photos and open houses. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED-CLIENT GOT THE BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK AND THE CONDO SOLD QUICKER THAN THE COMPETITION IN THEIR COMPLEX AND FOR MORE MONEY THAN THE CONDO ON THE LEFT WOULD HAVE SOLD? Sadly, this client was moving to assisted living. However, he received enough more to keep him there for many more months. He was grateful and we got him the money more quickly so he didn't have to worry while fighting his health battles. This is what staging is about...making the tipping point difference. I LOVE THIS JOB.