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Monday, October 11, 2010

Staging Lite

Staging on a Budget

Regular readers of this blog know that I'm a big fan of staging.

But what if you don't have the money?

Or you have a 5,000 square foot home, and staging would be prohibitively expensive?

I'd still make the case that a half (or a quarter) loaf is better than none.

Establishing Priorities

So, especially for a home that has a focal "Great Room," staging just that room sets a nice tone -- and can help Buyers visualize how the rest of the house would look staged.

Another version of "staging lite" involves a home with larger spaces that have already been emptied out, either because the owner has moved, or the furnishings were very dated and have been donated or sold (typically, as part of an estate sale to ready the home for market).

Then, a combination of area rugs and inexpensive wall art (prints, mirrors and the like) can define rooms and help Buyers visualize the space better.

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