Simple Tips For Home Staging

Home staging is basically preparing a home in such a manner that it appeals to a maximum number of prospective buyers. It helps a seller in selling a home quickly. It also enables the seller to get a good price for his property. Therefore, it is an important aspect of sale which should not be taken lightly.

Tips for Home staging

1. De-clutter:

Most of us tend to keep on adding furniture and other items to our home over a period of time. More items in a home give it a cluttered appearance. De-cluttering improves the look of the house. A de-cluttered home gives a spacious appearance as well.

2. Grouping the furniture:

Sofas and chairs should be repositioned and other furniture pieces should be placed so that flow of traffic is not hindered. This helps in making the room user-friendly and give it a spacious look.

3. Lighting:

A well-lit home is warm and welcoming. So, ensure that your home has good lighting.

4. Make your home appear bigger:

In order to do this, some useful tips are, paint adjacent rooms in identical colours; if the dining room and kitchen are small, a seamless look will give it a spacious appearance. The illusion of large space can also be created by having drapes in the same colour as the room. This also gives an elegant and sophisticated look.

5. Neutral colours are more popular:

Painting a living room in neutral hues helps in enhancing the appeal of the house.

6. Using dark colour paints effectively:

Dark paints in bedrooms/ powder rooms or dining room give it a more cozy and intimate aura.

7. Present your art creatively:

Forget the cliché styles of displaying your art. Use your creativity to effectively display your curios and wall hangings. This will also go a long way in increasing the appeal of your home.

8. Add fresh foliage:

Decorating your home with fresh blooms and foliage adds to its appearance. You don’t have to pick the most expensive flowers or plants. Just fresh seasonal plants will do the trick. They add freshness to your home.

9.The bedroom should look serene:

For decorating, the bedroom luxurious linens and soft colours will help. These are known to have a positive effect in the minds of the buyer.

10. Improve the look of your bathrooms:

A simple step like polishing the tiles and replacing damaged fittings will suffice.

Though the list is not exhaustive, following these tips will definitely help you in presenting your home in such a condition that it is hard to resist. A well staged home fetches a better price for its owner.

Stage Your Home for “Yourself”

Many people have a horizon for when they’ll be selling their homes. It could be a year, two years, or five years. The family is growing and they need larger quarters… the kids are grown and they want to downsize… the home is too large as they get older… Florida is alluring… or whatever the reason. When the time comes to put the home on the market, they go all out painting, updating and replacing.

Why put all that money, time, and effort into the home for a new owner? Instead, put that money, time, and effort into a home you’ll enjoy for however long you stay there. When I’ve staged homes for clients who are getting ready to put their homes on the market, I’ve heard so many say, “I wish I had done that sooner so I could have enjoyed it.” Don’t be one of those people.

Take a Good Look at Your Kitchen

An overhaul to your kitchen can be very costly, but there are a few small changes that will make a major difference.

• The least expensive thing to do is give your kitchen a new coat of paint in a color that works with the color of your counters and cabinets.
• Replacing cabinets can be expensive. If your cabinets are out of date or in need of re-doing, think about painting them and changing the knobs, handles, and hinges. That alone can make a big difference.
• Countertops can be another costly investment. If yours are worn or in need of replacement, think about going with a laminate instead of investing in granite or other high-end countertops. Laminates have come a long way in recent years; they offer a wide variety of colors and textures.
• Take all the clutter off your refrigerator door. A refrigerator door looks messy when it’s covered with your kid’s school schedules, magnets, photos, calendars, or anything else. Instead put these items in the inside a door, closet, or cabinet.
• Organize the cupboards and pantry. Remove excess stuff-you know the items you haven’t used in years and probably never will.
• Choose an attractive centerpiece for your kitchen table. Use a vase of flowers, a bowl full of fruit, a ceramic or glass piece, or anything else that appeals to your taste.
• Add a plant or two plants to liven up the room.

Now, Take a Look at Your Bathroom

The appeal of a lovely bathroom can remind you of a luxury hotel or soothing spa. You can create a taste of that in your bathroom.

• Any bathroom can be instantly transformed by adding beautiful, soft towels that you display decoratively. You can purchase a wall-wine rack, roll the towels, and place them where the wine bottles would go. Or you can roll a few towels in a basket with fragrant soaps, bath oils, natural loofahs, and candles to create a spa-like atmosphere.
• Clear off the counters. That includes toothbrushes, the jar of cotton balls, the roll of paper towels, and everything else that clutters the counter. (Instead of having everything on the counter, go to a store such as the Container Store where you’ll find all sorts of caddies, shelves, holders, and de-clutter items.) Get an attractive soap dish or use liquid soap with a dispenser for the bathroom counter.
• If your tub is old and worn and the tiles in your shower are no longer attractive, you can call a company such as Bath Fitter to install a new tub and wall right over the old one. Bath Fitter claims to do the installation in just one day.
• Mirrors often de-silver after years in the bathroom. Replace them, perhaps with mirrors with a lovely frame.
• Replace the faucets, knobs or door pulls, and towel racks for an updated look.
• Include a vase with flowers, pussy willows, or leaves. Either pick them from your garden or get silk ones.

In and Around the House

Take a look around your home to see what else you may be able to update or redo:

• If your wooden floors are worn or dirty from all the years of walking on them, it’s time to have them sanded and coated with polyurethane.
• If your carpets are stained or no longer look clean, it may be time to have them professionally cleaned or replaced.
• If your wallpaper is peeling (and that generally starts at the seams), it’s time to remove the paper and re-paper or paint?
• If your walls are full of fingerprints from the kids or the paint isn’t looking fresh and clean, it’s time to repaint.

Look Outside

• If shingles on your roof are coming lose, it’s time to have the roof looked at and perhaps redone.
• If your driveway has excessive cracks, it may be time for a topcoat or more.
• If you have shutters, make sure the paint is fresh and the shutters they’re attached firmly to the house.
• If your shingles or anything on the outside creates an eyesore, take corrective action.

Staging Your Home For a Quicker Sale and More Money

Staging your home is Marketing 101. You want your house to stand out from everyone else’s. Staged homes sell faster and for more money. So, consider the small expense of staging to be an investment, not a cost. Many realtors stage homes for their clients by suggesting that they repaint, remove window treatments, and get rid of clutter. Effective staging, however, involves much more than that. It’s selecting the right “props,” getting rid of furniture and other items that make the space look cluttered and smaller. It’s also about adding finishing touches that produce an appealing look and creating focal points in the main living areas.

A properly staged home shows the home’s possibilities and potential, creates an inviting space to inspire potential buyers, and generates a mood befitting the home (inside and outside).

Remember… First Impressions are Lasting Impressions

Potential buyers will size up your home before they even enter. If your home lacks curb appeal, many prospective buyers will reject it without looking further or will try to lowball you on price. Here are a few tips to turn browsers into buyers:

• Paint the house if paint is peeling or looking dull.
• Display easy-to-read house numbers.
• Mow the lawn and trim the shrubs.
• Wash the windows.
• Power wash siding and walkways.
• Make any repairs that make the outside of the house look unappealing.
• Be sure the doorbell works.
• Select a doormat that compliments the architecture and color of your house. (One that says Welcome” works, but monograms and team doormats don’t).
• Remove garbage bins and anything else that may be unsightly. (As obvious as that sounds, I’ve seen that many times.)

Sure the Foyer is Appealing

The foyer is the first space potential buyer will see once they enter your home. Add color through artwork, place fresh/silk flowers, or a table lamp on a hall table, and lay a gorgeous area rug down to add warmth and interest. Don’t forget scent. Have a dish with potpourri or lay an incense stick on the ledge over the door trim. If you don’t have a foyer, you can create a sense of entrance by placing an interesting chair or small table near the front door.

Get Rid of the Clutter

Once you decide to sell your home, it’s really no longer your home. Think of it as a commodity. Get rid of the clutter. The major contributors to a cluttered look are too much furniture, too many knickknacks, too many family photos, too many items on the walls, and too many things on the refrigerator door. Take a hard look at what you have, and ask yourself what you can live without. You can always rent temporary storage for large items you need to remove but will want to use in your next dwelling. And if you won’t use those items, discard them. There are many organizations that will be glad to get them.

Add Some Interesting, Colorful Accessories

This doesn’t contradict removing clutter. For example, after you’ve removed the small appliances, canister set, and recipe books from your countertops, place a colorful bowl of fruit on the center island, put a place setting at the table or counter, or place some colorful bottles of cooking oil with a cookbook on a bookstand. This will make the kitchen look like a cozy place to gather.

Play Musical Chairs

Consider moving furniture, artwork, and accessories into other rooms. Just because you bought that armchair for the family room doesn’t mean it won’t look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And the hope chest at the foot of your bed may make a lovely piece in a hallway or foyer. Try refinishing the piece to give it a fresh, new look.

Make Your Dining Room Appear Larger

Remove a leaf and use fewer chairs to make the dining room look larger. Consider putting a colorful runner on the table but not a table cloth (which will make the room appear smaller). And if you have nice hardwood flooring, show it off instead of having an area rug.

Paint for Larger-Looking Rooms

If you want to make a room appear larger, paint it the same color as the adjacent rooms. This creates a seamless look that will give the illusion of both rooms feeling like one larger space. For an even greater illusion, paint your walls the same color as your window treatment. Also, remove all the wallpaper.

Make Sure Each Room is Well Lit

Many homes have improper lighting, making them cold and unwelcoming. Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures, and use dimmers. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room. Try to have a variety of lighting in each room: ambient lighting (overhead), task lighting (under cabinets or reading), and accent lighting (on tables and walls.) And when your house is being shown, make sure all the lights are on. This is especially true if you don’t have natural sunlight streaming in.

Raid Your Yard

Nicely staged homes usually have fresh flowers. Instead of buying them, pick them from your yard. Forsythias come out in the spring and make a cheery arrangement in a vase. Blazing fall foliage can warm up your décor on a chilly fall day. And holly branches (heavy with berries) will add holiday spirit during the cold winter months.

In conclusion… When potential buyers can see their family and friends lounging in the family room, relaxing and watching television, or sitting around for a candlelight dinner, they’ll think they found the holy grail. The next thing you’ll see on your front lawn is a sign that reads SOLD.