Staging on a Tiny Budget

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Home Stager with DIVA DECOR DESIGN

Here we are - further to Jackson's  blog, here are a few more examples of working on a tiny budget - of $500 to be exact. No huge changes, but the feel of each room is that there finally is a theme..Check this and see if you agree. Sometimes the challenge in staging is what you can do with the little you are given.

Wasn't it Teresa Meyer that said $500 seems to be the magic number? Hmmm, interesting....

(I know - my picture taking skills could use some work. And a new camera!)

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AFTER - Wasn't allowed to touch that "entertainment unit"

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Rainer
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Cindy Richter
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager
Interior Motiv Home Staging
Been there, done that!  Good job.
May 25, 2007 10:45 AM
Rainer
111,329
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging
Good use of your time and the $500!
May 25, 2007 05:56 PM
Rainer
15,024
Mary Seferian
DIVA DECOR DESIGN

I'm actually going back to stage another room in the house. The agent says "You made alot of money" Is he kidding? The sourcing, the packing of the car, the unpacking, the moving of furniture, placing artwork, accessories. The realization, that more accessories are needed. Going back to add and add even more "just for the day" for the virtual tour photos. Then once it's sold, come back and de-stage?!!

Oh ya - I just hit the jackpot!

 (But I do adore this work!)

May 25, 2007 06:21 PM
Anonymous #4
Anonymous
Anonymous
Mary, your time alone was worth the $500.  I know what you mean about the realization that you need to do more.  It's so hard not to make it perfect once you start.
May 25, 2007 06:27 PM
Rainmaker
40,501
Gina Dougherty
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com
Fusion Design Consulting
Oops, I forgot to sign in- the last comment was from me.  Good job.
May 25, 2007 06:30 PM
Rainer
15,024
Mary Seferian
DIVA DECOR DESIGN

Thanks everyone. Kind words from talented stagers. Ahhh. Doesn't get sweeter than that!

May 26, 2007 06:11 AM
Rainer
17,500
Lynette Lawson
Inland Empire, CA Home Staging
Starlight Design

You did great on a tight budget. Don't let agents or homeowners sell you short. They obviously couldn't stage it or they would have themselves. They brought in a "professional". Keep up the good work.

Lynette

May 26, 2007 11:37 AM
Rainer
40,689
Cheryl-Anne Priest
Inviting Spaces - Staging Calgary
Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary
With respect to the comment from the agent that you made a lot of money - how much an hour is the agent making on this property?
May 28, 2007 01:36 PM
Rainer
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Val Allocco
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island

Mary,

I just love to look at the Before and After pictures of a staging job and considering the budget that you worked with, you did a remarkable job!

Thanks for sharing!

VAL

May 28, 2007 07:35 PM
Rainer
15,024
Mary Seferian
DIVA DECOR DESIGN

I did add a tree in the corner. Will post that.

Know what I didn't like about the panoramic view from agents? It looks like a completely different house!Way bigger. A little deceitful if you ask me...

June 04, 2007 02:34 PM
Rainer
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Anthea Click
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!
Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com

Mary,

Very nice job. Amazing what a little color and new perspective can do!

June 07, 2007 10:15 AM
Rainer
4,718
Sandy Knutson-Grebner
The SDP and GCDC
Look Again Interior Redesigns

Very nicely done.  It goes to show, a little goes a long way.

June 07, 2007 06:47 PM
Anonymous #13
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Wow, good job!

I oddly enough having a staging job on Tuesday, with a budget of $500

Any advice?

June 07, 2007 07:19 PM
Rainer
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Mary Seferian
DIVA DECOR DESIGN

Anthea and Sandy - Thanks. Wish the effects could have been more dramatic. But with a few odd pieces of furniture (did you notice the microwave stand that I put in the bathroom) and no acessoiries of their own, I had to get real creative.

Heather - advice? Yup - get paid in advance! I went $50 over the budget (there's another room with pictures and a silk plant AND another bathroom upstairs) and felt like pulling teeth would have been easier than justifying the "overage" to the agent.

June 07, 2007 10:26 PM
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Well its my first stage on a tiny budget, I know it could seriously use some of my inventory, but I keep talking myself down saying "no no no, you cant do this for free" use what "little" she has. Which truly isnt much.

I hit a snag already, I asked her to "store" the big blue/purple/pink velvet sofa, (bring up the lovely moss green loveseat from the basement) to which she refused, saying she wont have enough sitting room.

Now, I have to try to incorporate this. Its stained from 3 children under 5. I am thinking buying a slip cover, hanging ONE piece of art work, and calling the living room done.

Or, just taking the accessories anyway, and trying to convice her how good it DOES look once I get my own way ;)

Heather

 

June 08, 2007 09:04 AM
Rainer
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Rachel Backus
www.stagedmakeovers.com
Staged Makeovers

There is always that overhead behind the scenes that no one understands unless they are in the business. After storage, purchase cost, time, and travel, a big chunk of the profit is gone. Oh and did I mention typical business expenses like operating an office, marketing, etc.? Really the amount of profit when staging a home is not as much as the realtor believes. I know exactly how you feel.

June 08, 2007 12:43 PM
Rainer
15,024
Mary Seferian
DIVA DECOR DESIGN

Rachel - Thanks. This business certainly makes you stand up for yourself. Not a great feeling to clash with someone we are supposed to be helping. By helping I mean as a service, not as a"favor" as some take it. :)

Heather - you talk about the slipcover. Will you be renting it to her, or is she going to be buying it from you? A small detail that shows us, everything must be accounted for. No freebies allowed!

June 11, 2007 09:32 AM
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