“Staging” is about setting up and decorating each room of your home so that it looks as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Studies show that a property is more likely to sell quickly and for a better price if it is effectively staged.
Even if you haven’t heard of staging before, you probably already know the basics, such as eliminating clutter and making sure everything is clean and “guest ready”. However, there are also some home staging “secrets” staging professionals use that you may not know.
Here are a few examples:
Increase horizontal surface space.
Make sure desks, countertops, coffee tables, end tables, etcetera, are as free of items and clutter as possible. Give the impression that there’s lots of room available on horizontal surfaces as this will make your space much tidier and appear bigger.
Leave only a few items maximum on tabletops and countertops; like your coffee maker and a few cookbooks on your kitchen counter or a plant and a big book or two on the coffee table. Just remember to thoroughly clean whatever items you decide to display and, when placing them, imagine you are creating a set for a picture or a magazine spread.
Smell the flowers.
Fresh flowers or flowering plants placed in a couple of rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, can have a dramatic impact on how inviting that room looks. It is as simple as a vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen or dining table!
On the note of plants, make sure that your gardens and outdoor plants are just as happy as the indoor ones! Dying or dead gardens and plants do not give a very good first impression.
Don’t be daring when you paint.
You may love the idea of a bright yellow and green combination in the family room, but not everyone will share your daring sense of style. If you decide to paint, stick to neutral colours. This will allow potential buyers to better envision themselves and their style living in your space.
Less is more.
Be brutally honest about the amount of furniture you have in each room – including wall hangings. Is there a desk, side table, or another piece you can put away in storage? Think about ways to make each room more spacious and airy.
Ultimately, the best staging advice is to use your common sense. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer as you walk through your home. Ask yourself, “What changes will make this room even more attractive?”
If you are considering listing your home for sale, give me a call! I would love to help you prepare and sell your home.