Today is the day investor offers start being accepted on the house we want to flip. We have no way of knowing whether we will have massive competition or none. None of the systems will be turned on for inspection or appraisal so that has already scared away owner-occupants. I fully realize we may not get this house if multiple offers come in but I’ve put hours of planning and brainstorming into it so I thought I’d share my vision of how I would stage the house.
You may have noticed that I budgeted in this post $3000 for staging furniture. I’d rather not pay a professional stager something around that sum to just rent furniture. We have a look we like (beachy chic) and I’d rather just purchase pieces that we can store at our house until we need to use them to stage again. One of the benefits of designing a home around your own style is that I am able to use pieces we already own, for example, if we were to get this home we would put a front porch on it. We have four rocking chairs from our past front porch just sitting in our garage because we have no spot for them outside yet away from the elements. I’d add a door number like the one on our past house, I think it’ll become our signature. 🙂
I would create an outdoor space off the back of the house with some comfy chairs and probably bring over the outdoor set we just purchased and pair it with a fire pit. If there was money in the staging budget I’d purchase one of IKEA’s affordable dining table sets and jazz it up with accessories we already own so it doesn’t look so matchy matchy.
Okay, so inside furniture. When you walk in the back door you are directly in the dining room. Here’s what we are working with:
We have our eyes open for a new dining room table for our home (we love this one but want to find it at the RH outlet) so we would take our current dining room table to the flip.
I would purchase the exact chairs I want in the dining room of our own home so that we don’t have staging inventory just sitting around taking up space. The town where we want to purchase the home is a very hot market so I would envision it selling fairly quickly (and allowing us to have all our dining room chairs back :)) I can’t decide on the color but am leaning toward the gorgeous blue. I love all of these from World Market (as an added bonus I get 4% back through EBates by purchasing through them even if they are on sale!):
Because I’m decorating a flip, not our actual house, I plan to keep the accessories very minimal or order to leave more space for the potential home buyer to envision themselves living there. For the dining room table I want to stage it simply with, white plates, clear glasses with some beautiful napkins to add color and pattern, or maybe just my giant white soup tureen. That beauty is a statement piece on it’s own (similar tureen found here). I will have three giant frames on the wall with beachy scenes from around our area.
Okay, for the living room… I’m adopting the same theme in this room of keeping items that we would actually use in our own home (at least with some things).
I want to center the living room around an electric fireplace like this affordable one (which would eventually go in the master suite when not staging a home):
Then I want to flank the fireplace with these two chairs that I’ve mentioned I want in our office:
Wayfair has some incredibly affordable couches. Because I’m searching for a flip, and not for something to withstand heavy daily use, I just searched for under $500 and but this sofa did get 4/5 stars from 102 people. I’m unsure about a rug for this space but am inclined to temporarily pull the rug out from our office. I’m not 100% sure what I think about an off white sofa and light gray chairs… we’ll see on the sofa choice but it’ll be something with clean lines like this one!
Let’s move into the kitchen. I’m beyond excited because some brainstorming with commenters on the last post made some real progress on the plans for the kitchen. Remember when I asked for your thoughts on what to do with the scary side of the kitchen? Here’s what has been decided:
I’m going to ask Nate, our fabulous builder, to make some banquette seating on the far side with a seat that opens to store items you don’t always use (bread maker, waffle maker, pancake griddle, etc.). This plan will give extra storage, some seating and prep space right at the table. I’m envisioning some sort of small pedestal table but I may be able to find one at a thrift store.
This space is going to be a light gray with marble look counters (Quartz?) with stainless appliances. I’m going to have simple glass canisters from Christmas Tree Shops filled with dry goods (flour, sugar, cereal, etc.). The open shelves will be filled with glassware, plates and silverware from Dollar Tree. Yep. You read that correctly. These were taken at our Dollar Tree and they have some plates that are incredibly similar to ones Pottery Barn has (read my post on Dollar Tree deals here).
We have a twin, a queen and a crib we can use to stage the upstairs but I may try to get my hands on another twin or double so potential buyers can see that the space is large enough for a decent sized bed. I’m going to be looking for affordable little nightstands either online or at some of my fave thrift stores. The linens will most likely be neutral colored pieces I already own or ones I snag at Home Goods or Marshalls (my go-to source for very affordable bedding!). Lastly, the house will be filled with fresh flowers. White hydrangeas, anyone? Fingers crossed that if we get this house we can get it renovated quickly enough that my parents’ hydrangeas will still be blooming. Snip. Snip. Snip. 🙂
You can see more of what I’m thinking for this home (or future flips if we don’t get this one!) at my Pinterest Flip board.
What do you think of the plans so far?
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