before & after
tips & tricks
staging your home
real estate market properties are no longer selling over night,
and sellers have to do more to compete and get their homes
sold. A house has to look great and be priced right to capture
the eye, and the purse strings, of a buyer. Home staging is a
for getting homes sold.
The way that a home is lived in is not necessarily how it should
be presented for sale. A professional home stager will objectively
each room to determine what is needed to give the right first impression.
The staging team will rearrange furniture, change window treatments
and add or remove pieces using the existing furniture and decor.
Additional furniture and accessories may be rented if needed.
If a house is vacant
usually only key rooms are decorated. The cost of staging depends
on the size of the property and the scope of work to be done
the proper impact.
If hiring a home stager is not in your budget try these simple
steps to stage your own home.
curb appeal. Make the exterior more appealing by
adding plants, flower boxes, a wreath, or some porch furniture.
Place baskets of flowering
plants on the stairs and landing. Mow lawns, rake
the leaves, and weed the flower
each room from a buyer’s perspective. Be objective and look around. Where does your eye take
you? If what you see isn’t ideal, change
it. If a large piece of furniture is blocking your view
from the rest of the room,
move or remove it. If it is too dark find a way to add
light into the room. The goal is to make each room feel
spacious, open and inviting.
- De-clutter. Remove all clutter to give the impression that the home is spacious
and there is enough room for storage. Clean out the
attic and garage.
If you aren’t going to take it with you get rid
of it now. If you can’t
let it go now pack it in boxes and store neatly in
closets and cupboards. Clean and organize kitchen cupboards.
Linen closets should have a minimum of sheets and towels
neatly folded. Sort through
clothes closets and minimize and organize clothes
and shoes. Eliminate items that are not going to be used over
the next few months.
the fireplace. The
fireplace is the natural focal point of most rooms. Decorate
it with a
mirror or painting, candlesticks, a
vase of fresh flowers,
or some pottery. But, don’t make it too busy.
the furniture. If the room feels crowded or awkward move the
furniture around in different
configurations until it looks
get stuck on the pieces already in a room when
they can be relocated elsewhere and look
better. The wrong size or color rugs and furniture
can define the space in a way that might not be best for one room
but perfect in another.
artwork and accessories. Take all of the artwork off the walls
and choose only the best pieces for the space. Don’t rely on
where things were once hung. Use only what you need. Family photos
be minimized and
moved to one or two special areas in the house,
such as a den, family room or bedroom.
the light in. Have the windows washed. Remove heavy, overly decorative
or ill fitting window
treatments. Simple window
treatments will make the room feel finished but not overly done.
the kitchen counters. Put the toaster oven away, and the microwave
if it isn’t attached. Place a few items on the
counters such as a coffee maker, a bowl, canisters, or a
tray. A bowl of fresh fruit
or flowers on the
kitchen table will add color.
the master bedroom special. Extra pillows and an attractive comforter,
a cozy chair or chaise lounge will
the room feel intimate. Remove the TV. Add a vase of flowers, a photograph
lamp on a dresser.
need to shine Place extra toiletries in a basket. Have a separate
set of fresh clean towels neatly hung
or folded. Replace a dark or musty shower curtain. Make sure the toilet is
flushed, the laundry picked up,
the sink clean.
Clean Clean! All the hard work done to prepare the house for
sale will have less impact if the house is dirty or smelly. Kitchens
and baths must be
spotless, windows washed, garbage
emptied. Eliminate the source of bad odors. . Don’t leave dishes
in the sink or cabinet doors open. Make the beds every day.
Pick-up toys, newspapers and mail.
a buyer’s market, or a seller’s market, it makes
sense to stage your home. Staged homes look better, and sell
faster for more
money in any market. The extra effort taken to prepare your home
for sale will be well worth the return.