Home Staging Tips
It’s time to put your house on the market, and you’ve likely heard that staging can make a big difference in how your house is perceived by potential buyers. Where do you start that process, though, and what areas of your house should you prioritize? Here are a few things to focus on to make sure your home looks its best when it hits the market:
Let the light in. This helps your home seem inviting, warm, and cheery, so be sure to open your blinds, curtains, or shades in all rooms, and consider adding a lamp or two to rooms that might be more on the dim side.
Accentuate built-in features. Built-ins such as bookshelves add character to a home, but make sure they aren’t too full. Add a few books and perhaps some decorative items to really show off those charming features.
Go ahead and pack several things. The last thing you want is too much clutter when you’re trying to sell your home. Try to pare things down, removing many personal family photos and knick knacks that might be decorating your living areas. Clean off bedside and end tables as well as kitchen countertops. Bonus: You’ll have a little less packing to do later as a result!
Show off your storage space. Potential buyers love to see great closet space, basement and attic storage, etc. Make these spaces look even bigger by clearing out unnecessary items and organizing shelves and racks.
Make your master bedroom gender neutral. You want your master to appeal to both men and women, so if it’s currently decorated in a gender-specific way, consider toning that down to prepare for putting your home on the market. You may want to paint the walls or swap out bedding to help achieve this.
Stage rooms with a purpose. If you have one of those catch-all rooms in your home, change things up for showings. You want to assign each room a specific purpose for buyers, so clear out extra items and create a distinct feel and use for each room in your home.