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How to stage your home can be completely overwhelming. Part of my business practice as a Real Estate Broker, I offer what I like to call “light staging”. Meaning, I am not a licensed home stager, but I have several large pieces that I can use to stage homes along with decor items. I’m a firm believer that staging helps sell homes. Note that I didn’t say sells homes, but helps. Things like your pricing, the current market, and shape of the home also play a part in selling your home. But, staging is part of the process and helps. It’s a part of the puzzle, that I think many times is underutilized, and saved only for high end homes. Which I think is a complete disservice, and why I offer this service to my clients.
I wish I had taken before pictures of this home. It hadn’t occurred to me at the time that I might want to blog about this specific project. But imagine, that this home was completely empty and vacant. Adding in furnishings I think is absolutely what helped bring in multiple offers, over list price, its first weekend on the market.
Please note that I am not a professional stager, but I am a professional Real Estate Broker and Realtor, and as such, I have seen my fair share of what works, and what doesn’t when staging a home. So let’s look at a few tips on staging your home to sell.
This means a couple things. First off, it means that how your furniture is set up to best suit your family, might not be showcasing the room in its best possible light. Rooms with too much furniture can feel small, and crowded. While you may love the placement of your lucky football watching chair to get the best view of the TV, someone viewing your home may just feel that the room is cut off and un-open if it’s not in a place with good flow. So, consider placing some pieces in storage while you sell your home. Or move pieces to create better walkability through rooms and flow.
Moving furniture also means move your furniture away from the walls! The easiest trick in the book to create flow in a room. Move your couches or tables 6” or so away from the wall. This makes living spaces actually feel bigger, and more cohesive.
I’m a girl that can get down with some pink and serious bling in a room. Who wouldn’t want a sparkly gold accent wall? Or a bedroom that’s painted in the colors of their favorite football team? Well, actually, a lot of people. When you think about how to stage your home, you want to appeal to the masses. We all have preferences in home décor, but the best thing to do when staging a home is minimize those personal preferences and showcase a beautiful neutral space. This doesn’t mean throw out your favorite zebra snuggie that has a place of honor on the back of the couch! But this does mean, maybe put it in a drawer while the house is being shown and instead opt for a more mass appealing throw blanket.
CASUALLY PLACED TRINKETS
How does Pottery Barn make their rooms look so perfect? It’s the power of triangles, casually placed trinkets, pieces of bling and botanicals. Placing objects of varying heights together is a great way to add visual interest. A few plants will bring life to a room, literally, as well as filter the air. A piece of bling or two in a room can really make it pop. You want to create a space where people feel relaxed and where they wish they lived. It’s about selling the dream! Consider this when staging your home. Coco Chanel famously said “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I like to use this same rule when staging. While staging your home is wonderful, you also don’t want to overdue it. Remember this when you’re placing your decor items.
I’m always surprised how many homes I go into have no art on the walls. I understand, original art can be expensive, especially for those of us balling on a budget. But, I think in so many cases art can tie a room together, add visual interest that can enhance features of your home, as well as detract from negatives. A long hallway might look narrow with stark white walls and nothing on them, but add a few pieces of art and suddenly it feels brighter, more alive, and will be a perfect place for the new owners to create a gallery wall. You can find beautiful, and inexpensive art at thrift stores, or big box stores like Fred Meyer that offer mass produced art at a great price point that is actually incredibly beautiful.
THOUGHTS ON PERSONAL PIECES
You’ve heard it a million times, take down all personal items when selling your home. Now, I’m going to disagree here… to an extent. What’s great about a home is that it feels like just that, a home and not a house. That’s the feeling people want to have and want to fall in love with. Part of what makes a house a home is those personal touches. It can be a painted piece of artwork from the kids hanging on the wall, or a sign with your family name. I think these are beautiful touches to a home that won’t turn off buyers. What I would suggest doing is paring down. If you can’t even see your beautiful new fridge because it’s covered in the kid’s art, letters from friends, birth announcements, and wedding invitations, pair it down and find a new space for those items while you sell your home. So in recap, a few tasteful personal items are a go, over crowded and cluttered items should find a new home.
After you tackle inside, consider moving outside to really make a bang for your buck with enhancing your curb appeal!