Home Staging Tips

Home Staging Tip #1:

If you only do one thing for your home staging, do this – remove clutter!! This includes furniture. Most people have too much furniture in a room or furniture that is too big for the space. the general rule of thumb is to remove half of the furniture that you have in the room. This will make the room look much bigger and appeal to more buyers. Do this for every room in your home. If you can’t decide what to remove, take it all out – an empty home shows better than a house full of stuff.

Home Staging Tip #2:

Make sure there is good lighting – this includes natural light. Remove any dark or heavy drapery to make the room look lighter and brighter. Dark is only good for selling caves. Add lamps where appropriate, increase the wattage of your bulbs, etc.

Home Staging Tip #3:

Make your rooms look bigger – in addition to removing clutter, you can paint the walls the same color as an adjacent room or paint the walls the same color as your drapery.

Home Staging Tip #4:

Neutral colors are best for wall colors. If you like color, use pillows or art for pops of color to add interest to the space. The idea is to appeal to as many buyers as possible and bright or bold paint will not be appealing to most prospective buyers. If you really can’t help yourself and must paint a wall a bold color, just paint one wall (an accent wall) and choose a bedroom or bathroom instead of a main living area.

Home Staging Tip #5:

Finish your projects – unfinished projects can scare off buyers and cost you more money (buyers will expect a deduction from your asking price that will be more than the cost of fixing them).

Home Staging Tip #6:

If you need new kitchen cabinets but can’t afford them, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint everything to match and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.