How To Stage A Home For Sale On A Budget

staging houses1. Copy Creatively.

This is DIY staging 101. Trawl all the magazines, websites, and Facebook pages, television pages and show homes. Look for trends, colours and looks that work in your room then duplicate. Borrow expertise from the professionals and copy their ideas. These are some of my personal favourites:

New Home Display Villages – Make sure you visit a site where the houses are fairly new. The builders employ professional stylists so you can pick up great ideas and keep in touch with new trends.

Houzz is a brilliant website for design and styling ideas. It allows you to create idea books. Create an idea book on every room you will be styling and build a stock of suitable images. And don’t forget Pinterest and television shows such as selling houses.

2. Match The Style To the Market

This is extremely important, like everything else it needs to appeal to your target market.

Our architect has the urban/industrial style of a 20 something designer. We often disagree on style but I make sure I win the argument because I know my market inside out. A few industrial pieces add interest, but in general the style needs to be contemporary to appeal to families.

3. Use A Color Consultant

I highly recommend engaging a Color Consultant. It will cost you a couple of hundred dollars but will save you a lot of pain selecting paint colors.

You may use the same palette for a few renovations but I find it really works to have the colors selected early in the job so you can start sourcing items for styling straight away.Keep it fairly neutral and be aware that neutral doesn’t mean that every surface has to be off white or beige. Some stronger neutrals really bring warmth into the home. Keep your accent colors predominantly to the soft furnishings.

4. Consistency Equals Quality

Once you have decided on a style and a color palette, carry it through the whole house. You can be a bit quirkier in the bedrooms but if you have a complete look and feel through the living areas it will give the home an air of quality.

5. Beg Borrow or Steal (Furniture)

Hiring the furniture is expensive so try to keep it to a minimum.You may need to hire the bigger items and fill in the gaps with borrowed items.

I have built up a collection of pieces such as linen, occasional chairs, bed ends, side tables, art work, I keep most of them in our own home and just relocate for the sale period.eBay is a rich source of styling items. I bought a pristine freedom chrome and glass dining table on eBay for $120. I then bought 6 white Eames dining chairs for $ 130 So I had the full dining suite for $250.

You can source display items such as vases and prints at discount stores and department store sales (such as Target) for less than it costs to hire.

6. KISS (Keep It Simple Stylist.)

You don’t need to over furnish, in fact less is really more. You just need the basic furniture and dress it with a bit of flair. For a single bedroom you will need a bed, a side table and one other piece (set of drawers, desk or chair)

Buy a quilt cover (preferable on sale) that works with your chosen style.Pick two or three colors from the quilt cover and find accessories in those colors. The accessories should include a print on the wall, cushions, throw, bedside lamp and a couple of knick-knacks for the desk or drawers.

If you can operate a sewing machine cushion covers are quick and easy to make.Keep your linen from one job to the next. If you don’t have storage you can sell the bought furniture afterwards.

7. Don’t Underestimate The Power Of The Occasional Chair

A chair, (preferably with a designer look ) can really boost a room.

You can compensate for very plain furniture by adding a luxurious chair and a few well-chosen cushions and throws.

A chair can also beautifully transform a room that looks a bit too sparsely furnished.

I have built up a selection of occasional chairs, ( LC4, Barcelona, Egg and antique) all of which I have bought on eBay.

When selling a home staging is essential to achieve the best price possible for it. If you would like to keep up with smart ways to achieve the look on a budget, go to which is a website providing information, tips and resources for aspiring renovators through its weekly newsletter.


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