Today’s home tip–15 Secrets to Home Staging
Now that you have read last week’s virtual remodeling blog, you are ready to stage your newly remodeled home!
1. Say goodbye to clutter: Too much furniture can be a deterrent. When prepping your home to sell, you want your room to look larger. You can do that by removing as much of the furnishings as possible.
2. Group furniture: People often think that putting furniture again walls will make their room feel larger. That is a myth. Keep in mind these simple rules…float your furniture, create conversational groups with your furniture, and create clear & precise traffic flow areas.
3. Simple furniture: Decorate so that you can move your furniture on a whim. That chair that you use in the living room can be also used in the bedroom with a different pillow, etc.
4. Transform a room: If you have a room that collects only junk, reposition it so that it creates a purpose. Add a comfortable chair, a small table, and a lamp and you’ve created a reading room. This will create value in your home!
5. Lighting: It turns out, most homes are improperly lighted. Make sure you have 3 types of lighting, ambient (overhead), task (pendant or under-cabinet), accent (table & wall).
6. Make it appear larger: If you want a room to appear larger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a sunroom, paint it green to draw the outdoors in as it blends more!
7. Color it neutral: Painting a room a neutral color, especially living room, tones down any dated finishes in that space. Usually a warm hue will do!
8. Use dark colors: The days of saying painting small rooms in a dark colors makes the room feel small is a myth! If you use darker colors, you can make a room feel more intimate, cozy, and you make it dramatic. Experiment with color! It’s okay.
9. Vary your wall art: Most homes have their artwork hung in a straight line. Wrong! This can make the art almost invisible. Staggering your art will make it appear as a focal point and draw the eye into the space.
10. Three’s the number: Feel free to mix and match accessories. The magic number in grouping these pieces is 3. The odd numbers are favorable, so if you have a larger space go 5, and for a more focal piece to really impress, simple is more. Choose 1!
11. Raid your yard of plant clippings: Most homes staged well have fresh flowers or arrangements. Instead of spending $10-20 or more on a boutique from the store, grab foliage per the season. Ferns, flowers, or even color leaves from trees and bushes in the fall create a warm feeling in the kitchen and other spaces throughout your home.
12. Serenity: Create a relaxing and serene bedroom. Fresh linens and soft colors will make a buyer want to be in that space. Here’s a trick if you’re on a budget: if you don’t have the money to buy a whole new bed, get the frame and get an air mattress and dress it up with neutral patterned bedding!
13. Facelift in the kitchen: Here are some great pointers if you’re on a budget! If you can’t afford new cabinets, either paint the existing ones or just get new doors! Paint everything the same color & get some new & more modern, inexpensive hardware. Also, if you have an old dishwasher, you may be able to check with the company to see if you can order a new, modernized face for the dishwasher!
14. Repair wood: Unfinished projects can scare off potential buyers, so finish them. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag, for example, and they cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.
15. Polish it up: Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they’re in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It’s a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn’t cost much to do.