Staging is an important step when it comes to showcasing your home in all its glory. Make sure the home is immaculately clean and store away any personal photos, kids’ artwork or other decor that can detract when potential buyers are envisioning themselves and their families living in the home. Pick a neutral color scheme and embrace current decor trends to make the home more appealing.
Highlight your home’s strengths and downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging tips.
Most of us have clutter in one way or another but if you are getting ready to list your home it’s a really good idea to go through and decide what you need and what is clutter. Things that might be considered clutter but you really want to keep should be put away, moved to storage or at least the garage and organized neatly. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers come into a home being prepped for market they often remove a fair amount of the owner’s furnishings and the house looks much bigger. Removing clutter is one of the simplest and least expensive things to do and on the top of the list for successful marketing of your home.
I love to see a home that has the furniture in groups instead of placed along walls. In my home I always have the furniture in a square group and after many years of marriage my husband finally gets it! If you have a fireplace try arranging the sofa and chairs to make a quaint conversational area and see what you think. This will allow for traffic flow and look very appealing to buyers. And don’t worry that your rooms will look smaller; they won’t, it will actually open the room up and make t look larger.
Lighting Heating Smells
Be sure light bulbs are all working! The lighter your home is the better. Walking into a brightly lit home and a home that is heated comfortably is very welcoming to home buyers. A plug-in air freshener or any type will help your home have a nice warm feeling…not too much though, you don’t want to overwhelm the sensitive noses!
A fresh coat of a paint in a neutral color will get rid of any dated looks you have. These days the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens. As much as you might love your bold wall colors, go with neutrals in large spaces so buyers don’t feel like they have to paint immediately upon moving in. Accent colors and textures can be used in accessories.
What Your Yard Has To Offer
One of my favorite bouquets was one my brother-in-law made from greenery he gathered from the woods near our home. It was all from shrubs, trees and ferns that were growing naturally and wild. He called a bouquet of weeds and it was so pretty. If you have flowers in your yard that you can cut now and then, put them in a nice vase in the kitchen, dining room or even the living room. If you don’t have flowers look around for other things.
The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom, closet and ensuite are always a priority for buyers. Try to create a relaxing setting with soft colors and be very sure it is de-cluttered. The bed should be neatly made and the closet well organized. The bathroom should be spa like if possible, without products and accessories sitting on counters.
See you next time…I’m going to go de-clutter!