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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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
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Rachel Backus
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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
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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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