Interior design of small elegant apartment home staging

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is putting the best light on your home, your rooms, your home’s  exterior and what your home offers potential buyers. 

You reduce (or eliminate) distractions and you highlight the best features of your home and the lifestyle it can offer.

People are looking for the best home for themselves and their family. 

Often you’re competing with others in the area selling their homes. 

These home staging ideas will help you when selling your home.

Staging your home helps set you apart from the other homes for sale and can help give you the needed edge.

It can be that edge in which buyers can’t wait to make an offer (and a very good offer) on your house as opposed to other homes in your area for sale.

When a buyer approaches your home you want them to be excited about seeing your home. 

The first impression they have is your  home’s exterior.

Many buyers first drive by a house for sale before they make an appointment to preview the home.

Working on your home’s curbside appeal is a must when selling your home.  

Make sure your front door is in tip top shape.  Paint it if needed to give it a fresh look. 

Ensure you have proper lighting outside and all your bulbs are working. Get rid of all clutter outside.

Decluttering your home is essential when selling your house. 

Buyers need to feel the home is spacious, clean and they don’t want to see clutter.  

Often what goes through a buyer’s mind when previewing a home with a lot of clutter is “If this owner keeps their home like this with crap and clutter laying around…what are issues with the home I cannot see.”

They see an organized and clutter free home as an indication the owner has and is taking care of the house.

Don’t forget to declutter your yard, landscaped area, your driveway and garage.  These areas can be overlooked so make sure you take stock of these areas and declutter all of them!

It simply feels better too when touring a home that’s clutter free.

Remove your pets for the listing photos and when a buyer is previewing your home. 

Some people have allergies and they won’t even consider a home that has pets.  They don’t realize there are many ways to clean a home and remove pet  allergens.

On many occasion puts stress on the buyer as they try to tour the home and trying to keep the seller’s pet inside.

Oh, and not to mention it is very distracting that once we’re inside and a large dog is barking loudly at us and we wonder if it’s going to attack.

Just remove your pets (take them for a walk or kennel them in a room or garage if you can’t remove them from your home) and remove all pet scents.

Buyers want to  envision themselves living in your house. 

There’s a line between stark empty with a cold feeling and too much of your own items with your personality that can be overwhelming and a buyer can’t see past some of your *unusual* collectibles, wall hangings, wallpaper and other personal knick knacks.

Clean everything thoroughly.  Clean and organize your kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry, refrigerator and microwave.

Make your house spotless.

Prospective buyers open everything. 

They open the closets, the storage areas, the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.  Make sure you thoroughly clean these areas.

One of the turn-offs to buyers is too much clutter and not the ability to move around seamlessly in a home.

Too much furniture, pillows and home accessories can make a home look smaller and cumbersome.

Lighten your home by minimizing the number of furniture pieces and accessories in your living spaces.

Allow natural light to flow through your living spaces.  Make sure the blinds and curtains are open.

Have lights and lamps on.

Add more lighting where possible to enhance and light up living and bedroom areas.

Make sure there’s plenty of light flowing in the kitchen and you may want to consider updating light fixtures in your kitchen.

Ensure all the bathrooms are spotless.  Use CLR to clean toilets and other hard to clean plumbing areas that may have rust or other unsightly issues.

If you have old lighting fixtures update them

Update the hardware on your bathroom cabinetry if they’re dated.  Updating the hardware is an inexpensive and easy way to give a bathroom a facelift.

Consider painting the bathroom cabinetry too.  This is a simple, inexpensive way to give a bathroom a fresh, new look.

Clean out all bathroom cabinets and drawers.  Declutter these areas.

Invest in new shower curtains, rugs and bathmats.

Create a *spa-like* look in the bathrooms.  Include these fluffy towels, candles and fancy soaps.  

Add some flameless candles for soft lighting.

Look into bathroom accessories that can up level your bathroom’s look.

Those small knicks along your floor trim and door jams?  Get some  wall and door fillers and touch them up.

Go through every room in your home and scan for those areas that need a touch up or need to be repaired.

List them on a notepad or take a video with your phone and prioritize which touch ups and repairs are an absolute must and then tackle the smaller ones as time permits.

1. Clean up the coffee table: Remove all clutter from your coffee table.  Have an accessory tray and place accessories (use rule of 3…see below) on the tray.  

2. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter:  Remove excess pillows and accessories.  Those magazines and books piled up…remove them.  Have an eagle eye and look for ways to declutter your living room.

3. Use a mirror: A mirror is a great way to brighten a room (from light reflections) and also to help your area look larger.

4.  Pare down furniture:  Those large pieces of furniture that take up most of the living room space?  Remove them or replace them with smaller pieces and furniture.  Remember, the buyers need to be able to move seamlessly around the area and visualize a relaxed, uncluttered space for them to live in. 

5. Use Lighting: Use a combination of natural light, lamps and dimmers to set the mood and make your living room a comfortable, relaxed place where people will want to sit down and stay awhile.

6. Have A Rug: A rug adds warmth and texture to a room.  It adds dimension and a nice touch to a room. 

7. Keep It Neutral:  Inserting too much personality in your living room’s design may make it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living there.

Instead of personal elements, like family photos, religious accessories and other personal items use neutral hangings and accessories with varied textures and colors to add a *pop* to the living room space. 

Have your carpets professionally cleaned.  Professionals have the tools to remove those tough stains and odors.

If your carpet is on it’s last leg consider recarpeting certain areas or all of the carpeting.  Discuss these options with your Realtor

1. Clear the clutter and depersonalize your master bedroom.

2. Have fresh duvets or bed covers.  Update these to give your master bedroom a fresh look

3. Review the lighting and add standing lamps and bedside lamps if there’s room.

4. Add new curtains for added depth and texture.

5. Add a rug for dimension, color and texture.

Your garage leaves an impression on buyers.  Clean it and organize it.

Some sellers use the garage to store excess items and boxed items to declutter their home and begin the process of moving.

You may want to consider storing your items in a pod or other storage unit.

Storage areas are not something that’s talked about much but they leave an impression on buyers.

If you haven’t done so, take time to clear out these areas and organize them.

The buyer is looking at EVERYTHING.  They want to see inside your closets, cabinets, drawers and other storage areas.

Well organized storage areas leave an indelible and very FAVORABLE IMPRESSION on buyers.

Remember, home staging is about giving you the best edge (and the best offers) you want.

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