Very often homes will need to be staged on a tight budget. When you are trying to sell an older home that depends on the staging to attract buyers but the seller has a very tight budget and can’t pay huge staging fees how can you stage the home on a small budget? It can be done, and you might be amazed at what you can find for a very limited budget. Here are some budget-friendly staging tips and places to look for budget-friendly staging pieces when you need to stage a home on a tight budget:
Clean Always Looks Great
When you have a limited budget to spend and you have to decide what is important and what isn’t make sure that you allocate some of that staging budget to getting the house professionally cleaned. It doesn’t matter how nice the staging is if the house is dirty or looks dirty to potential buyers. Getting the home professionally cleaned is always a good use of the budget. Get the home professionally cleaned and scrubbed from the inside out and then see how much of your budget is left for staging and work with that budget to find staging pieces.
Don’t Stage Every Room
If you are working with a limited budget a smart way to make use of that budget is to spend the money on the rooms that really sell the home. The living room, kitchen, master bedroom, and main bathroom are where you should focus the money that you have to work with. If that means leaving the formal dining room empty or not staging that fourth bedroom that won’t necessarily be a deal breaker for finding a buyer for the home. If you’re worried that your budget isn’t going to stretch far enough to stage the whole home just focus on the most important rooms in the home.
Try Virtual Staging
With virtual staging, photos are taken of the rooms in the home. Then those photos are put through a special computer program that adds in furniture, fixtures, lighting, rugs, paint colors and other design elements. Entire homes can be staged virtually and then those photos can be used in the promotional material for the home. It won’t help sell buyers at an open house, but virtual staging will make a big difference when it comes to attracting online attention for the home. If you have copies of the virtual staging photos at the open house get them printed very large so that buyers can hold up the photo and envision the room staged with the same furniture and fixings that are in the virtual photos. Virtual staging is a great option for staging on a limited budget.