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Not-So-Obvious Home Staging Tips

Not-So-Obvious Home Staging Tips

 

When it comes to staging your home for sale, you probably already know the basics; declutter each room, de-personalize by packing away things like family photos and kids art, and do a deep clean. But, there are also some less obvious home staging tips that can help to sell your property faster and for a higher price. Here are a few examples to help you elevate your home’s appearance even further with staging. 

 

Kitchen.

Obvious

All appliances, countertops, floors, and other surfaces should be spotless.

Not-so-obvious

The contents of your cupboards, drawers, and refrigerator should be wiped down and facing forwards. Staging these areas like a magazine layout will only further impress potential home buyers. Make sure to clean out each drawer and shelf and wipe down to remove excess debris or spilt products. 

Check out this blog post to learn more about how to stage your kitchen to wow buyers!

 

Bathrooms.

Obvious

Bathrooms should be deep cleaned and decluttered. Leave only a few items like a hand soap or towel on the counter and hang fresh matching towels neatly on the rack. Basically, create the "hotel bathroom" look.

Not-so-obvious

All of your towels should match and be stain-free. Close the toilet lid and shower curtain. Clean out, wipe down, and organize your bathroom clutter into drawers or cupboards. Make sure not to store extra items in the bathtub or shower, behind the door, or curtain as prospective buyers will most likely look there.

All storage areas in the bathroom should also be emptied, decluttered, cleaned, and placed back in a more appealing and organized manner. This level of home staging may sound extreme, however buyers do open cupboards, drawers and closets to assess the storage situation.   

Check out this blog post to learn some amazing bathroom staging tips from professional home stagers!

 

Living room.

Obvious

Fully clean, vacuum, and dust. Remove extra clutter and personal items like photographs.

Not-so-obvious

Declutter any collections of books, magazines, DVDs, games, craft supplies, and display some of them as you would in a magazine spread. Wash your throw pillows and throws and make sure they are free of stains and holes. Plump up your couch cushions, stack a few generic coffee table books, set out some candles, and stage the area like a set. Pack away everything else. 

If your living room (or any other room in your home) is on the smaller side, check out this blog post about making a small space appear bigger!

 

 

Your bedroom.

Obvious

Make the bed neatly. Check that the closet is organized and uncluttered. If your closet is bulging with clothing and accessories, consider putting some in storage for the time being. Ensure that all table tops and dressers are free of clutter and personal items and cleanly staged. 

Not-so-obvious

Do not leave any clothes out. Even clean clothes folded neatly in a hamper will make your bedroom untidy. When making your bed, make sure that your bedding is clean, stain and hole free, and plump up the pillows to make your bedroom as appealing and comfortable as possible. Think about what a hotel room looks like when you first check in or a bedroom magazine spread. 

 

Kids' bedroom.

Obvious

Make the bed neatly, check that the closet is organized and uncluttered, pack away extra toys, books, and clothing items ahead of time. Ensure that all table tops and dressers are free of clutter and personal items and cleanly staged. 

If you need any help getting started, try our 30 Day Declutter Challenge!

Not-so-obvious

Arrange stuffed animals, games, books, and other toys like an attractive display in a toy store. A great mental image to keep in mind while staging kids rooms is to mimic a display you would see in IKEA

 

The key to staging your home by yourself is to put yourself into a potential buyer's shoes. What would you want to see if you were walking into your home with the intention of purchasing it? Create a visual display of what their ideal life would look like living in your home by staging it to look as appealing, clean, tidy, bright, and welcoming as possible. If you need some inspiration, check out the online portfolio for local staging company Room Remedy, complete with before and after pictures!

 

If you are thinking of selling your home, give me a call! We are always happy to help! 

 

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