Home Staging Tips
It’s time to put your house on the market, and if you’ve sold a home before you know staging can make a big difference in how your house is perceived by potential buyers. Your goal is to make your home look appealing, authentic, and beautiful, yet generic, which can be a tricky goal to achieve!
Seasoned sellers know the basics: ditch the clutter, make sure the lighting is on point (both natural and artificial), showcase storage space, increase curb appeal, etc. We’ve rounded up a few additional tips you may not have added to your list just yet to help you go one step further when it comes to staging:
Go for odd over even. When it comes to accessorizing your home, odd numbers are pleasing to the eye -- especially the number three. Keep that rule in mind when organizing items on shelves, coffee tables, etc. Ideally, too, the items should vary in size to add more dimension and should be arranged in a grouping, such as a triangle, rather than in a line.
Spruce up your space without going all in. If your kitchen needs a bit of a facelift, there are ways you can achieve that without a renovation. For example, you can replace your cabinet doors and drawer fronts alone and paint them to match your cabinets to avoid replacing the full cabinet and drawer structure. If your dishwasher is showing some age, look into replacing just the front panel rather than the complete appliance. Consider having an outdated bathroom updated by reglazing -- rather than replacing -- the tile.
Keep the same color. To make a room seem larger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room to make it seem bigger and seamless. You can also paint your walls the same color as your curtains to add even more of an illusion of space.
If you’re making updates, go green. Prospective buyers are often willing to pay more for eco-friendly elements, so if you’re going to be making updates to your home before putting it on the market, it’s smart to consider the green version.
Make your master bedroom gender neutral. You want your master to appeal to both men and women, so if it’s currently decorated in a gender-specific way, consider toning that down to prepare for putting your home on the market. You may want to paint the walls or swap out bedding to help achieve this.
Stage rooms with a purpose. If you have one of those catch-all rooms in your home, change things up for showings. You want to assign each room a specific purpose for buyers, so clear out extra items and create a distinct feel and use for each room in your home. Apply the same approach to any awkward, small spaces in your home.