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No Budget for Staging? 7 Money Saving Home Staging Tips with Great ROI

NC Style Homes - 7 Money Saving Home Staging Tips with Great Return on Investment

Preparing your Raleigh - Cary - Durham - Chapel Hill Area Home for Sale

More Great Home Staging Tips from Dallas Home Staging Star, Karen Otto! These are things you can and should do yourself. When I help a home seller get their home sold, they have most likley completed these task. After we get a contract on their home and begin the search of finding a new home, they're really amazed when they go into homes where the owners didn't perform simple task such as these. They're so easy!

Home staging is on a fast track to becoming an industry standard for selling homes in many markets. Here in Dallas, TX we're no exception.  The most cost effective service provided by professional home stagers is a home staging consultation and many Realtors are offering this as a value added marketing service to their listing packages.

Even after receiving tips and information from a home staging consultation, a client may feel they have no budget to update their possibly very dated home

A professional home stager worth their salt can offer up solutions for budget challenges even if the home seller can't afford to do a whole lot. Home stagers aren't in the business of making you spend more money but investing some to get you the best return along with providing real life, cost effective solutions to challenges you may have whether it be budget or design (aesthetic) related.

Here are 7 Money Saving Home Staging Tips with Great ROI & Results

  1. Remove dark colors and wallpaper. In the vast majority of homes painting a light, warm, neutral color is the best way to go.
  2. Remove heavy window treatments (or at least the valance & allow the side curtains to hang straight not "swagged")
  3. Get rid of excess large furniture (even taking the top of a china hutch off, eliminating a table leaf or removing a chair or two helps)
  4. Clear the clutter to storage! If you don't have time to sort before photos, sort once you move!
  5. Remove tablecloths and knitted doilies from all tables.
  6. Strongly consider removing or repurposing area rugs.
  7. Edit, edit, edit! Pack up ALL dusty faux floral arrangements, collectibles and knick knacks smaller than a cantaloupe. Less is often more when selling a home!

Even if you can't afford higher-end updates or the purchase or rental of home furnishings, minimizing your décor & bringing in natural light can go a long way for a little buck ! Home staging can be affordable and give you a great return on your 'sweat equity' investment. Getting the advice from a home staging professional in your area is the first step to know where to focus and how to do  it!

Dining room before and after staging

Stacked formal living room and dining room before and after staging


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Home Star Staging is the best home staging company located in Plano, TX and has been serving the North Texas Real Estate Market since 2006.

  • Pre-list home staging property consultations
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  • Owner occupied property staging (utilizing owner supplied furniture & accessories or including some of our own inventory)
  • Vacant & investment property staging (Full and partial rental furniture packages, accessories and staging services)
  • Is your office interested in hosting a home staging class or presentation? Just ask!
  • Contact Karen at 496-964-0516 or Karen@homestarstaging.com Interested in starting your own Home Staging Business in Texas, OK or North West LA? I can help! Click the link below in the Staging & Redesign Box!

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCarla Freund • July 28 2013 09:25AM


I guess the primary message is 'clean up your mess, freshen the curtains and rugs', then you can see what to arrange.

Posted by Bruce Hicks, Your Lifetime Friend/Helper! (Best Homes Hawaii) about 5 years ago
Carla, Karen has some really great tips to help prepare a home for this competitive market we are in...nice post to re-blog.
Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 5 years ago

I love to see before and after staging photos. The top photo had a real mess on the table, and removing the heavy drapes really opens the room.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) about 5 years ago

Bruce - in a nutshell, yes.

Nick - She does. I just started following her. I like her post a lot.

Rebecca - I do as well!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 5 years ago

Wow!  Love the before and after pictures.  It is amazing the difference it makes by just removing clutter!

Posted by Delores Campbell, Your St. Louis Real Estate Resource (Keller Williams Realty - Chesterfield) about 5 years ago

Dolores - Thanks! Karen Otto from Plano TX did a great job on staging and preparing this home to sale!

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 5 years ago

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