Avoid putting rugs over carpets. Buyers may think you are hiding stains or worn carpet. This before and after was from a recent occupied staging. We also gave advice to remove the wallpaper and draperies, paint a neutral color and replace lighting.
Large open spaces are some of the hardest for buyers to envision how they would lay out their furniture in the space. Staging always helps these types of spaces. If you don’t have the budget to rent furniture, consider using pieces from your own home or borrowing from friends or family!