The Five Golden Rules of Home Staging on a Budget

Posted on Jan 9 2015 - 9:30am by Nick Caruso

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on January 9, 2015. Housecall continues to share this piece due to ongoing requests and reader interest.

When you show your home’s best features by staging it effectively, you help increase your final selling price without breaking the bank. In fact, on average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. As the infographic below shows, the following five golden rules of home staging will help you show off its best assets:

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  1. Mary Frances January 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Great info on staging. Is there a way to print without ads on right side?

    • Nick Caruso January 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary –
      If you email me at, I can send you the file. Otherwise, you can try right-clicking and then “Save Image As” and that should do it for you as well!

      • Karen Sferra January 20, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

        I wasn’t able to work with the right-click version. Could you please forward me the file as well?



      • Norma J. Torres January 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        Hi Nick,

        Very useful information on staging. Please email the file so I can provide it to my sellers. Thanks a lot.

      • Ed Knight February 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Hi Nick,
        I tried the right click save image as, only saves the whole thing as one non scroll file. Could you please send to me also. Thanks,

      • Betty J Greene September 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm - Reply

        Hi Nick,
        This is very good information! Tried to print it as you suggested but could not get it in the right format. Would you send to my email? Thank You!

      • Lisa Mollman September 5, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

        I was very impressed by your article “Home Staging on a Budget” and would love to share it with my office. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to save a copy in a printable format. Could you please email me a copy that is printable? Thank you!

      • Dave Couturier November 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm - Reply

        Very good article, Right click did not work, would appreciate your sending as a file. Thank you

  2. Roberta January 13, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Very well done!

  3. Mary Jo Eskritt January 20, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    This is great information. I appreciate it.

    Mary Jo Eskritt
    The Eskritt Real Estate Group
    Bringing Buyers and Sellers together

  4. Melonie January 20, 2015 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Great article! Would love to give this to clients. Would save me much time.

  5. Marion Kelliher January 20, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Excellent Information on staging. Great article for sellers.

  6. Bob Lyons, CRS January 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I really appreciate you taking the time to help all of your viewers; great jon, Bob

    • Nick Caruso January 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

      No problem! Glad it seems to be useful to many of our readers!

      • Vicki Kovar July 13, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

        I need it emailed to me too. It is a GREAT article/graphic!!

        Thank you!!

      • Janet Marron March 6, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        Very good article, Right click did not work, would appreciate your sending as a file. Thank you

  7. Vida Ash January 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Love the article. Thank you

  8. Donna McKenna-Edlund January 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Great and easy to understand article. Can I post on a FB page? Thank you.

  9. Monika Edwards Harrison January 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Nick–this is just excellent! Condensed and so well articulated!
    I, too, would love to have the file as I can’t right click and save it without ads either.

  10. Margarita Verduzco January 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hi Nick,
    Great information! Great help with clients that are not very open to listening to their agent. I would appreciate a copy of file also.
    Thank you for your time.

  11. Rock Wolfgang January 20, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Great article.
    Thank you Nick

  12. Inne Chung January 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Great article about Home Staging, I printed with ads right side. I’d like to have just article if possible, so I can share with my clients.
    Thank you.

  13. Bev Roberts January 21, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Great article. I could right click and save, but then it would not print. Could you please send the file to me?

  14. Carol Tunis January 21, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Awesome article, Nick! I would be much obliged if you could send it my way as well! Thanks very much…

  15. Carol Tunis January 21, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I was able to save it by right clicking!!! Thanks again!

  16. Barb Dahlquist January 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Well written article. Not too wordy. Would you send me the file as well? Thanks

  17. Lillie Missbrenner January 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Great Article that can be shared with our sellers!

  18. Mark January 28, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    also, leave pets at a sitter if you can

    curb appeal, first impressions are extremely importants, lawns should be mowed and edged at a minimum, paint the front door if its needed

    leave lights and heat on when you know the house could be shown

    smells and odors, brew a pot of coffee in the morning, heat up or bake something in the morning

  19. Shelby Pitts January 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Please send me the article, too. This is very useful because it isn’t me criticizing their home but an expert giving advice. thanks.

  20. Sidney McCray February 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    The 5 golden rules of home staging is a well written article. Not too wordy. Would you send me the file as well? Thanks

  21. Rene Smerling February 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Very useful article for sellers. Please send me the file as well. Thanks !

  22. Debbie Coleman February 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Fantastic article – would you send me the file as well? You did a great job. Thanks!!

  23. Melinda Forster February 15, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Nick would you please send me the file as soon as possible. I actually have a meeting on Wed with a potential lister who wants to speak about staging.. this is just enough info without giving the game away (right click did not work). Thanks for this easy comprehensive info much appreciated

  24. Cindy Ray February 17, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Hi Nick, Great article would you send me the file as well!

  25. K Stevens February 21, 2015 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Awesome! Double “ditto” to the comments of others. So easily understood and do-able! What a way to communicate with sellers…thanks for writing this.
    May I have the file.
    Much gratitude for such a great read to help us as we help others.

  26. Mary Ingraham February 22, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Article is so well done! I would like to have it for my clients. Would you please send the file to me? Thank you!


  27. Donna Hobscheid April 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Great visual for sellers. Please copy file to me. Thank you!

    Donna Hobscheid

  28. Susan June 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful infographic – well done! You should consider selling prints or posters of it!

  29. Joshua Lea July 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This is a great info graph. I’ve shared it to all my clients on Facebook. Thanks.

    Joshua Lea

  30. Carol Barkstrom October 17, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    One more request for file – Great Stuff

  31. Brett Cairns; RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty October 30, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Staging a home to emphasize the main features of the home such as these often pays off when selling. Buyers are looking for certain things in a home and when they are there and present well a number of their needs are met. Neutral, updated and move in ready are what most buyers seem to be looking for.

  32. Kay Bova December 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    This is GREAT information. Please send me the file as well.

    Thanking you in advance,
    Kay Bova
    ReMax Proeprties West

  33. Dewitte January 4, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    These are really great tips I’d like to share with a friend who is considering selling her home. Please send the file. Thanks!

  34. ELINOR February 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Great information…
    Would you kindly email me the printable version of your file?
    Many thanks.

  35. REALMOM February 8, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your continuous great articles, I share them on social media and it keeps it interesting and fun for my clients.

  36. Fox February 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    . So easily understood and do-able! What a way to communicate with sellers…thanks for writing this.

  37. Allison Ready February 25, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Would you kindly email me the printable version of your file? I would love to share it with my clients.
    Many thanks.

  38. Dianne Rechel March 23, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Would you please email me the printable file? Thanks!

  39. RPM Indianapolis Metro April 4, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Awesome read.I wouldn’t mind sharing it.

  40. Donna McCampbell April 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Nick, I stumbled across your article.
    Would you mind sending me the printable file as well.
    Thank you so much

  41. Kemi April 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    hi great infographic! could you please send me a printable file as well? thank you!

  42. p May 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Your help and insight is greatly appreciated.

  43. OK Cash Home Buyers May 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Wow so much creativeness, thank you for sharing

  44. Owner Finance OKC June 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    This is a must read. Very well presented. Thank you for sharing

  45. Theresa Nicoletto July 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Really impressive article about home staging, it gives us great ideas, this something to learn, very informative and helpful. Great post!

  46. Bat Dong San August 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Buyers are looking for certain things in a home and when they are there and present well a number of their needs are met. Neutral, updated and move in ready are what most buyers seem to be looking for.

  47. Diane Kennedy October 16, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Great article, very informative with a lot of attention to detail. I, too, would appreciate it if you would send me the printable file.

  48. Carolyn Taff November 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Great article on Staging. Would love to receive a printable copy as well. Thank you for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving.

  49. W Properties OK December 24, 2017 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Good solid tips to follow. a little clean up and paint can sell a house. Especially in areas like kitchen and bathrooms

  50. Julie Eggen April 26, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Great article. Can you forward a printable version.
    Thank you .
    Julie Eggen
    Century 21 Award

  51. Pamela M Braun April 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    One thing to add concerning the curb appeal and the front porch. Someone mentioned that should be clean as their clients are looking around as they open the door. The door lock! If you can’t get into the house due to a lock in which the sellers know all the tricks to opening, but the agent does not, it makes a bad first impression. Buyers wonder…if the door lock doesn’t work what else have they left go? Please oil the lock or replace.

  52. Paul Harkey April 30, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Great job! Could you please email me the link. Thanks, Paul

  53. Anna May 28, 2018 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Very informative and helpful blog and what a beautiful infographics. Thanks for sharing

  54. Central Valley House Buyer January 11, 2019 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Definitely agree, we should be able to present the property to potential buyers in the best possible way. Staging makes it to a whole new level. Another option so that you don’t need to stage when selling is to sell it to cash buyers like Central Valley House Buyer. This is a great post, thank you for sharing!

  55. kerry January 14, 2019 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    When it comes to smell, nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked cookies. I recommend getting slice-n-bake cookies in the refrigerator aisle of the supermarket. Just pop a single cookie in the oven about 30 mins before buyers are coming. The smell is seductive.

  56. Lucia Molinelli March 12, 2019 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Great article on staging. 5 years later and still “fits the bill”. Would appreciate a copy of the article also – could not get it to print by right-clicking. Thank you for sharing

  57. Janice Bergeron May 25, 2019 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Any suggestions for selling a great home where you can hear the street noise?

  58. Debbie King June 26, 2019 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Great information. Please email the article for sharing. Thank you.

  59. Christian Gladwell June 28, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I have always enjoyed being creative with the colors and shapes.
    I am very glad this article makes it a point to show how it all relates together to create a pleasing visual flow.
    Often times clients don’t see what us home stagers see

    Home Stager

  60. Bobbi L Ryals July 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I’d love to receive a printable version. Thank you.

  61. Janice Kaya July 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Good info and glad to hear you recommend actually cleaning rather than replacing! BTW, if you would like me to edit your posts; I’d be happy to help. Number 4 should say: all homeS (not all home).

  62. Malissa Martin July 15, 2019 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Please email me the printable file. Thank you! Great article.

  63. Cindy Clark July 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Please email to me also 🙂

  64. Joann Edwards July 16, 2019 at 7:00 am - Reply

    This is one of the most informative articles I have read on staging. Can you please send me the link for sharing. Thank you.

  65. Cara Reedy July 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reposting this article. Unfortunately I am not able to print it even after saving it.

    If you could send me the link so I can print it out, I would greatly appreciate it!


  66. Patti Codiga July 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    Please email me the article on Staging on a Budget too.

    Thank you,
    Patti Codiga

  67. Patti Janette July 20, 2019 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Great article. It was perfect. Thank you. I would love a copy of my sellers

  68. Patti Janette July 20, 2019 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Great article it was perfect. Could you send me a copy too PLEASE??

  69. Bret Menze July 20, 2019 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Wonderful article. Would it be possible to receive a copy of it by email? Unfortunately it’s not printable and doesn’t save in a usable format. Thank you!

  70. Patti Janette July 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Could you please email me a copy of Home Staging on a Budget Please

  71. Donna m Tiffany July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Please email me a printable copy…thanks

  72. Mary Ellen September 5, 2019 at 12:01 am - Reply

    This is one of the best articles on home staging that I’ ve seen.
    I would love to be able to share it with my clients and also the other agents in my office. Could you please email me a printable copy? Thanks!!

  73. Michele Hill November 7, 2019 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Very useful article. Always good for sellers to see/read it from another source other than the realtor. Could you please forward without the ads and other distractions on the right hand side. Thank you.

  74. pamela richmond November 14, 2019 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article. Right-click worked for me. 🙂

  75. Deck builder April 6, 2020 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the article, these were very valuable tips!

  76. Blake Riley April 10, 2020 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Golden rule 3 ‘Santize’ is the most useful of all in my opinion. Thanks for sharing Nick.

  77. Rick April 15, 2020 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Nice article! I have a house that is empty that needs furniture to stage. Is it worth it to spend $3000 to buy furniture or to pay staging company $700 mo to staging company and not get to keep furniture.

  78. OKC HOUSES April 30, 2020 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I like to stage houses, because it seems to make it so much easier to sell! I think it’s worth it!!

  79. Rob Jacobs June 7, 2020 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I am looking to move and this was so helpful! I loved the tip about taking personal photos down.

  80. Best Packers and Movers in Chandigarh June 17, 2020 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there. Do it right, and you should have no problem selling your home quickly. Beautiful post, well explained. Thanks for sharing this post

  81. Amit June 24, 2020 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Golden rule 3 ‘Santize’ is the most useful of all in my opinion. Thanks for sharing Nick.

  82. Cash Home Buyers Tulsa July 27, 2020 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Staging is worth every penny in the End! Great share!

  83. Cash For Houses Dallas July 29, 2020 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    We have listed houses without staging and we have listed houses after staging. I think it depends on the area, the market, the clientele, time of year, etc. If you have it in your budget then I would recommend staging!

  84. August 3, 2020 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Staging your home properly can not only get it sold more quickly, but it can also help you net money when it sells. The best part? You don’t have to break the bank in the process. Follow this infographic to help showcase your home’s best features.

  85. August 4, 2020 at 7:21 am - Reply

    We have numerous rental and house flipping properties, staging them has always helped our close rate.

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