8 Tips for Low Cost Staging

May 9, 2008

Here are some ideas from the Jim Soda Group for effective, low-cost staging:

  • Remove scatter rugs and knickknacks from every room.
  • Get rid of everything on the kitchen counters, including appliances, except for the coffee maker.
  • Remove as much as you can from closets.
  • Hire a cleaning service if necessary to make the house spotless. Scrub floors, walls, and windows. Pay special attention to the microwave, oven, and refrigerator.
  • Focus on the feature rooms, the living, dining, and master bedrooms. Additional bedrooms are best left empty or minimally furnished.
  • Arrange the furniture to show off each room’s best features.
  • Set the dining-room table with napkins, plates, and flatware.
  • When showing the house, turn on soft instrumental “buying” music, preferably classical or jazz.
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