I helped a friend get a townhouse ready for renting over the weekend. It’s an older unit in a complex where two other units are also for rent. So the first thing we agreed was that the rent needed to be lower than theirs. And I decided it could use a little staging.
On a rental, it’s not worth staging the entire property: it would be prohibitively expensive. But you can do a lot in a kitchen and baths, and in a few key areas.
Here are my before and afters.
There is a beautiful wood-burning fireplace in the living room but nothing to show it off as a focal point. Nothing fancy – a few vases, a plant and a picture and what a difference!
The main floor powder room was convenient and cute, just needed to be dressed up a little to show it off.
Same with the upstairs MBR ensuite. I don’t have a “before” picture, but I can show you how I changed my mind about having a white shower curtain and went with something with more interest.
I hung the white shower curtain first but then I thought it didn’t really do much for the room. Better, but not enough.
The shower and tub surround is made up of beige tiles with peachy-red accents and looked a bit dated. While the white shower curtain hid the surround, the new one works with those accents and makes the room seem more modern. (You’ll note how I picked up the peachy-red in the floral arrangement as well.) Since the MBR has a light teal cupboard, I used a shower curtain that had a similar tone it as well.
Much more interesting, don’t you think?
I didn’t do much with the kitchen, but it had a couple of open areas above and beside the fridge that I thought were a little odd, so I staged them with a wooden tray, some interesting vases and cookbooks to draw the eye away from the white spaces.
And then I popped in a few accessories on the counters and to dress up the empty shelves and add a little life.
Did it work?
Well, we’ve had four or five showings already; there was a showing this morning with someone who is very interested and we have a realtor showing tonight. So I would say yes, definitely!