13 tips to stage each room of your home is essential to preparing your home for sale. These simple tips will help to bring forward your home’s strengths, minimize its weaknesses and intrigue the most prospective buyers possible. Once you have staged your home this will also allow for the highest possible return on your investment. Bank appraisers tend to place a higher value on properties that are staged to sell. The 13 tips to stage your home does not have to cost a lot of money. Mainly, it requires time and patience mixed with some hard work to properly prepare your home for sale.
One of the most important and things you can do is get rid of clutter. By having too much furniture in an area makes the space feel small. Look around and ask yourself, “What can I live without for a while?” By taking away somethings you will give the area a much larger feel.
It is a common belief that rooms will feel larger if all the furniture is pushed against the walls. This is why it is so important to stage your home. Instead, group your furniture away from the walls and create a place for conversation. Arrange the pieces so traffic flow is obvious. By doing this you will stage the room to make it seem larger and more user friendly.
MOVE FURNITURE AROUND
Don’t be afraid to stage furniture, artwork, and accessories around the home spontaneously. Just because you bought a certain piece for one room does not mean that it won’t work in another. Also try re-purposing pieces of furniture. Convert a small table into a writing desk, or place in front of a window and add lamps or accessories.
TRANSFORM A ROOM
We all have a room that seems to gather “stuff”. Transform that room into something that will add value to your home. Try adding an armchair and ottoman along with a table and lamp to transform the room into and cozy reading spot.
Lighting can make a staged home look warm and welcoming. Many homes are not lit properly. To fix this problem, simply increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. You should have approximately 100 watts for every 50 square feet of space. Never depend on just one or two fixtures per room either. You should aim for three different types of lighting. Ambient (overhead), task (reading), and accent (table or wall).
MAKE THE STAGE SEEM BIGGER
To make a room seem bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, painting both rooms the same color with make it feel as though it is one big room. If you have a sun-room try painting it green to reflect the color of nature. If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your window coverings. This will create a seamless and sophisticated look in your home.
NEUTRAL IS APPEALING
By painting a room, you can tone down any dated finishes in that space. Neutral can include any warm hues. Such as, warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens. Bold colors have a way of decreasing offers, so try to stay to neutrals in large areas. Your house will make a bold statement with these color tips.
A PLACE FOR BOLD COLOR
Powder rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms are great spaces to use dark colors. A deep tone on walls can make the space seem more intimate and cozy. You don’t have to paint the whole room to do this. The same affect can be achieved by painting an accent wall to draw attention to a fireplace. You can also try painting the inside of bookcases or niches to accent what is placed inside.
Try to avoid placing your pictures, paintings and prints in a high line encircling each room. Instead,art that is displayed creatively makes it stand out and show off your space. Simply vary your patterns and grouping throughout your home.
#️STICK TO ODD NUMBERS
By mixing accessories, you can stage the room to make it more inviting. When doing this, odd numbers are more eye-pleasing, especially three. Try imagining a triangle and place one object at each point instead of just lining objects up. Also, scale is important. Make sure that in your groupings use a variety of heights and widths, with the largest item in back and smallest in front. To get the maximum effect, stagers suggest grouping accessories by color, shape, texture, or some other way that unifies them.
GET IT FROM THE YARD
Almost all staged homes have fresh flowers and pricey arrangements. You can get the same effect by simply going out in your yard and gathering flowers from there. Flowers, ferns, fall foliage and holly branches will represent the season and add to the inviting feel of your home.
MAKE IT INVITING
Create a relaxing scene with soft colors that will make potential buyers want to hang out in your house. If you have an empty bedroom and you don’t have the money to buy a new bed, just buy a frame and a cheap air mattress. Dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding. Don’t forget to de-clutter your home. Make sure the closets are cleaned out so you are showing off your storage space. Storage space always ranks high on buyers’ priority lists.
MAKE IT LOOK NEW
If you are not able to buy new cabinets for your property, just get new doors and drawer fronts. Then paint to match and add new hardware. Instead of replacing the dishwasher, you may be able to just get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if this is an option. If not, laminate paper, which is similar to contact paper, can be used to re-cover the existing panel.
🏠Need Help Staging YOUR Home?
These 13 tips to stage your home will put your home in front of the competition. You are giving your house the upper hand in the real estate market. For more tips like these, please call RL Real Estate Group at 605-212-8431.