Staging your house and don’t want to hire furniture?

I’ve had a number of clients recently who don’t want to hire furniture, although they do need to upgrade what they’ve got, fill in gaps or create a more ‘pulled together’ look.

It’s not my job to push hiring furniture onto my clients. It’s my job to find them a solution that gives a quick sale and a good return on their investment.

Here are some solutions we’ve generated recently:

Borrowing

One of the first question I ask my clients is “do you have family or friends you could borrow this from?”  This is especially good for beds (which are expensive to buy), outdoor furniture and art

A recent client actually borrowed from her own house to stage her investment property (below) that her tenants had just vacated. She bought over beds, bedsides, dining table etc then shopped for the rest.

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Buying

When I consult with clients they often need the finishing touches to pull their house together. Examples are bedside lamps, occasional chairs, bed linen, towels, accessories, cushions, rugs and artwork.  I only need to say to some of my clients “you need 2 lamps” and they know what will look good. Most clients though are in a world of overwhelm and want to be told exactly what to buy. I’ve started to put pinterest boards together for them to give them some ideas of what to buy and from where. They don’t need to follow this slavishly (although some of them do) but at least it gives a starting point. I offer 1 hour free sourcing as part of my consultation if required.

Below is an example of an item sourced for one of my clients. Her house was high end. I hired a few pieces and helped her source the rest to buy as she knew what she needed at her new house. One of her key purchases was this cowhide ‘egg chair’ from Matt Blatt. Fabulous in the master bed now and will work well in the library of her new house too.

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Here it is in situ, along with artwork (from IKEA) that works well over the bed

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If you’d like to know what one of my pinterest boards looks like here’s a link to a board  Pinterest allows my clients to click through and buy on line if available or add their own pins or comment on mine. 

The above board was for the house below. Check out the yellow cushions!

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When shopping, don’t forget Gumtree or Ebay as options. The owner of this lovely old queenslander wanted an outdoor table. After investigating the cost of hire (which was prohibitive) and ruling out buying new (didn’t know where she’d be moving), she found this table on Gumtree for about $200 and will on-sell once the house is under contract.

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Shopping the house is a great way to re-purpose furniture. The buffet in the house below was taking up too much space in the dining room so I moved it to the old sleep out and set the area up as a library area off the main living area. Looks like it was always meant to be there.

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There are many ways to stage a house for sale, not all of them involve hiring furniture. If you want to stage without hiring then I’d love to help you through the process. Contact me on 0432994056 or through my  website  

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