Five Tips for Staging
You would likely agree staging can help sell your home. I recently staged a home for a virtual tour (with help from Elizabeth Scott Interiors). Here are 5 real estate tips to help you stage your home.
- The first step in staging is to remove all clutter. When staging a home this means knick knacks, personal items, photos and anything that takes up space on flat surfaces. Remember you are selling your home, a lifestyle, and not your things. By boxing up your personal items and items such as out of season clothes you will have less to pack when you sell your home.
- Next assess the walls and floor coverings. If the paint has been on the walls for years it is time for a fresh coat. Neutral colors are key. That doesn’t necessarily mean boring beige or white. Pops of color add interest. However the prospective buyer should be able to picture themselves in your space and that may be difficult with bright purple walls! The same for carpeting. Dirty, worn carpets should simply be replaced.
- Once you’ve settled on paint colors it’s time to look at your existing furniture and window treatments. At this point it may be helpful to hire a staging consultant or at the very least a good friend who is not afraid to speak his or her mind. When looking at your furniture think of ways to repurpose existing furniture in groupings so that each room has a defined purpose. Simply removing extra furniture from each room will help open up the space. If the window treatments are looking sad and worn it may be time to find replacements. Hang curtains close to the ceiling to add height and drama. Keep them light and fresh and avoid dark or heavy materials.
- Next move on to your kitchen. An updated kitchen will sell your home. This means stainless steel appliances, granite counters and anything on the floor except vinyl! A mini makeover on your kitchen will pay dividends. Stage the breakfast bar with place settings and bar stools but keep everything else off your counters.
- Lastly the final touches. Fresh flowers from your backyard can set off a hall table in the foyer. Give each room a purpose and arrange furniture away from the walls. Hang artwork on bare walls and use mirrors to reflect light and make rooms appear larger. Remove pets and all the pet paraphernalia for showings. Hire a service such as A Loving Leash to take care of the animals if showings are requested when you are at work.
Here are some before and after photos of our recent staging efforts: