Every home can benefit from staging.
It’s a vital component of preparation for home sellers, makes a space feel appealing to a potential home buyer, and keeps your home looking fabulous.
Staging is one of the best aspects of being a real estate agent! Consulting with clients and creatively making a space look clean, inviting, and appealing to buyers with a range of tastes, is a fun challenge.
Staging isn’t complicated.
It can seem daunting. Staring at the space you have now and a picture of what you want it to look like can seem like an impossible transition. It’s really not! If you follow just a few simple rules, you can stage your space like a pro!
1. Declutter & Remove Excess Personal Touches
When people walk into a home, they want to be able to envision themselves living there and being comfortable. They want to see the space for what it is. The true value of the square footage and layout of a room can be masked by too much stuff. Limit the number of large pieces in each space. Regulate the amount of knick-knacks. If you’re selling you’re home, limit the amount of photos. Don’t make the mistake of overcrowding your spaces. Everything in a space looks better when it has room to truly shine.
2. Keep It Clean
It seems obvious, but people overlook this subtle fact. A room can be staged beautifully, but if the floors are scuffed, the mirrors are foggy, and the mantle is sporting a layer of dust, the room doesn’t pack the same punch.
Keep your space spotless. It makes all the difference!
3. Brighten It Up
Replace your heavy curtains with something sheer and gauzy. Ready your light fixtures for a soft, bright glow. A space should be inviting, yes. But inviting and cozy doesn’t have to mean dark! People want to see the room, and the room’s potential for them. If you have natural light, let it in! If you don’t, make sure you utilize the use of fixtures to the best of your ability.
4. Be Tastefully Impartial
Keep your decor minimalistic and warm, yet be careful not to lean too far toward any one style. The people walking into your home have varied tastes, but your space needs to appeal to each and every one of them! If you lean too far toward any one style, you could be alienating certain potential buyers who can’t see beyond the decor to what they could do with the home.
5. Stay Solid
Try to pick a base color and an accent color and stick to them. When there are too many colors and patterns floating around a space, it can seem small, busy, and prove to be a distraction for buyers. You want visitors to notice your gorgeous crown molding and your gleaming hardwood floors, not the conflicting patterns of your throw blanket, pillows, and wall hanging.
If you are staging your own home, you can use the same guideline to decorate your space! Just feel free to add in those personal touches!
Do you have a space with staging you are super proud of? I’d love to see a picture!