A professional home staging can be a great way to increase buyer competition and secure a speedy sale. However, traditional staging, which usually involves renting designer decorations and furniture items, can be an expensive affair, often costing sellers between $750 and $2,000 per month.
Showcasing your property without furniture is one way homeowners can cut back on the costs of home staging. In most cases, you can achieve a similar result to a traditional staging by employing a mixture of low-cost home presentation techniques and creative decoration hacks.
If you've placed your furnishings in storage or wish to present your home using a low-cost, minimalist style, you may wish to stage your property without any furniture items. If that is the case, here are the 10 things you need to remember while staging your home.
1. Distinguish Room Spaces with Area Rugs
Without the option of room-specific furniture configurations, sellers can struggle to create the impression of distinct living and entertaining rooms. Area rugs are a simple, low-cost way to define and differentiate key areas of your home.
Remember, choose an area rug that complements the size and style of your home interior. For instance, bright colored area rugs or woven rugs with bold geometric patterns will generally work better alongside contemporary interior designs.
2. Repaint Tired Walls with Neutral Shades
Repainting your walls is an excellent way to rejuvenate old or unsightly areas of your home. What's more, a new coat of paint can help restore minor cosmetic wall damage, such as peeling or cracked paint. For the best result, sellers should avoid overly bright or dark colors in favor of neutral shades of natural beige, crisp white, and textured gray.
3. Use Bold Colors to Elevate High-Value Areas
If you are committed to a minimalist home staging, make sure you take steps to avoid a drab, lifeless interior. Subtle use of striking accessory trims or vibrant decorations can tie together adjoining areas and draw attention to high-value staging rooms.
4. Cultivate a Warm Atmosphere with Small Items, Knick-knacks, and Accessories
If you need to inject more life and personality into your staging, consider placing some tasteful items and accessories on any bare benches or shelves. Scented candles, weighty books, decorative art, and stylish glassware can help give your home a warm, lived-in appeal.
5. Use Plants to Bring Together Empty Rooms
Indoor and outdoor plants are an essential component in any basic home staging. Plants add pleasant pops of color and create comforting points of visual interest in otherwise unfurnished rooms.
6. Stick to a Small Number of Tasteful Decorations in the Kitchen and Bathroom
Your home's kitchen and bathroom will receive disproportionate attention from prospective buyers. While staging these areas, remember to keep the number of decorations and accessories to a handful of well-appointed pieces.
A small number of tasteful items can liven up the kitchen and bathroom without creating needless clutter. For a modern, luxurious look, consider stacking fluffy hand towels, hanging up a brand-new shower curtain, and carefully arranging a few pristine kitchen bench appliances.
7. Invest in Curb Appeal Improvements
If you're staging a home without furniture, it's important that you make every effort to create a memorable first impression. Professional landscaping and front yard improvements are one of the best ways to make your home immediately stand out to potential buyers.
Depending on your staging budget, we recommend one or more of the following curb appeal enhancements: tidying up the yard, laying a clean welcome mat, putting down new lawn, planting seasonal flowers, or even planting an established privacy tree.
8. Use Mirrors to Create Space and Reflect Natural Light
Strategic placement of mirrors in key staging areas will give the impression of a more spacious interior, making your home feel larger and more comfortable. We recommend experimenting with mirror placement around entryways, in the living room, and across the fireplace.
You can also use mirrors to reflect natural light towards any poorly-lit corners of your home. If you want to get creative, try grouping mirrors together to create eye-catching reflection patterns.
9. Direct Prospective Buyers to Key Staging Areas
When you're preparing a home without furniture, the bulk of your staging efforts will typically be concentrated on your home's high-value rooms. While this strategy can lead to some areas of your home appearing less staged, sellers can limit the focus on vacant rooms by funneling prospective buyers towards more interesting staging areas.
10. Keep Your Staging Consistent with Marketing Photo and Video Content
The last thing a seller wants after staging a home is for potential buyers to feel deceived by misleading real estate marketing. To avoid conveying deceptive information, try to keep your home staging consistent with the property photos and videos on your listing. If a potential buyer requests clarification on any changes, your showing agent should be able to point out recent layout changes or cosmetic updates.
Ready to Sell? Connect with a Local Real Estate Agent!
If you're ready to sell and want to know more about property staging, it might be time to partner with an experienced real estate agent. A good real estate agent will not only help list your home — they'll guide you through every step of the selling process, from marketing and staging to offer negotiation and closing. If you want to work with an agent who can achieve your sales goals, get in touch with a top-rated, full-service Clever Partner Agent.
To get started, simply fill out our online form. We'll be in touch to answer your questions and set you up with a free, no-obligation consultation with a local Partner Agent to help you stage and sell your home.