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Inexpensive Kitchen Updates for Low End Homes – Home Staging Minneapolis MN

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates for Low End HomesHome Staging Minneapolis MN

Yesterday I wrote a post “Is Home Staging A Good Investment for Low End Homes?”. My focus was a home that was going to be listed for $80,000 including a brand new garage just being built. That price is well below the median price of a home in the Minneapolis Metro area.

So, is home staging a good return on the investment for low end homes?

Yesterday’s post showed the living room and dining room as well as the selling results. Today I wanted to show you the difference specifically in the kitchen.

Remember this fact….”KITCHENS SELL HOMES”.

That statement isn’t qualified by “unless the home is under $200K” or whatever number you set. It applies to ALL homes regardless of price.

So in this tiny low end home in a tough area of Minneapolis, it has a further detriment in that it’s front door opens right smack into the kitchen. See the front door on the right? Awkward? Aahhh….yes.


Kitchen Before

So, what do you need to do? Make the buyer’s jaw drop and not have them thinking about the awkwardness.

I met with the investor and here were my suggestions:

1) Modernize – Replace the kitchen cabinet hardware with oil rubbed bronze hardware available at big box stores for 10 for $14.99. Install a ready-made composite wood blind on the window again from a big box store.

2) Create Drama – Find clearanced-out or discontinued Mosaic tile at a tile shop or big box store and install a back splash. Sheets of 12″x12″ tile can sometimes be found for a couple bucks.

3) Get Rid of Wasted Space – There is a huge dance floor in the middle of this kitchen which is lacking counter space. My advice, pick up a portable island creating more counter space as well as a modern look. The black and stainless steel island shown below was found at Big Lots for $119,

4) Fun – Add a little fun for very little money by putting a glass pendant light above the sink again found at big box stores for under $20.



Kitchen After


Note: no new appliances, no new cabinets.

Do you have a low end investment property, home or listing and think it’s not worth putting in a little money or sweat equity? I would think again.

Take a look at the living room and dining room pictures on my Previous Post. This home sold in Four Days.

For professional advice on all price level homes call a Professional Certified Home Stager.





Is Home Staging A Good Investment for Low End Homes? Home Staging Minneapolis MN

Is Home Staging A Good Investment for Low End Homes? Home Staging Minneapolis, MN

That is a question I get a lot. “This isn’t a high end home, will home staging provide a good return on the investment?”

The investment in home staging can vary of course with the smallest investment being a Home Staging Consultation. The next level for cost is what I call ‘Hands on Staging’ or ‘Owner Occupied Staging’ and the third and usually the most costly is ‘Vacant Home Staging’.

I was called by an investor to give her a bid to stage a vacant low-end home in shall I politely say ‘not the best area’ of Minneapolis.

The list price was going to be approximately $80,000 and that was to include a brand new garage yet to be built. So you can see…..the home was well below the median home price.

This home was TINY! Apartment tiny. Two bedrooms, one bath, a super tiny living room, almost a non-existent dining room. No upstairs, no basement (unusual for MN) and a very strange layout.

The front door opened smack dab into the center of the kitchen. YUP right into the middle of the kitchen, see the front door there on the right?


Kitchen Before


(Watch for my next post for suggestions on how to update a kitchen in a VERY low end home).





You can see almost the entire house from one spot. I am standing in the kitchen taking the picture above, you can see one bedroom straight ahead and there is another to the right of it and the bathroom/laundry together.

That’s it. Tiny. Bad part of town as you can see by the side door. Worth Staging???




The investor was very worried. “This home has such a strange layout and it is so small”.

“Don’t worry”, I said. “It is going to be really cute.”

I helped her pick out flooring and gave her some other inexpensive improvement ideas…mostly in the kitchen….just wait till you see it in my next post!

The investor stopped by as I was finishing up the staging and her comment was: “Oh my gosh, it is so cute! It looks like a doll house!! I want to live here. Of all the home stagers listed on the Internet I sure am glad I picked you”.


LR After


DR after


It was listed on a Thursday, had showings Saturday and Sunday, and an accepted offer on Monday.

Sold in Four Days!

So….does Home Staging Pay for Low End Homes? This investor thinks so.

For investors it is all about selling quickly.

Time is money and they want to get on to their next project. The cost of staging was rewarded with a quick sale which is money in an investors pocket.

Need assistance getting your investment property sold? A professional home stager understands your goals.

Watch for my next post to see the “After” pictures of that Entryway…I mean Kitchen. I know I have teased you enough but it is really cute. LOL

Trying to Sell Investment Property? Home Staging in Minneapolis, MN Gets it Sold!

Home Staging was new to this investor but he felt he needed some help on this vacant investment property in Minneapolis, MN. He was thrilled with the home staging results but even more thrilled when he received an offer a week later.

Excuse my language but I just need to tell you what the investor said when he first called me, “I am trying to polish a turd”.

Well, okay. I can’t say I had ever done that before but I was up for the challenge! LOL

This home was in the process of being condemned by petitions from the neighbors. Yes, it was that bad. Weeds half way up the outside walls, total destruction inside. I can see why the neighbors wanted it torn down.

But this investor had the gumption to take it on and save the home. When I saw it he had already done an incredible amount of work. Take a look:

Well, it didn’t look like a turd anymore. But the question was……could I polish it?












I think the proof is the ‘offer in a week’ don’t you? Oh, and how do you think the neighbors feel??



You may not have a property on the verge of being condemned but Home Staging can make the difference in ALL properties.

Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign has the experience to work on all types and price levels of homes. Serving the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metro areas.