If you are thinking about selling a home you will want to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. Here are 8 home-staging tips to help you get your home ready. The video above was filmed by a drone and is one of our Luxury Portfolio Properties. Take notice to how it is staged and how it follows the guidelines listed below. If you would like to see more of this property click here.
Bye, Bye Clutter - The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter, including removing extra furniture.
Furniture Groupings - There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.
Musical Furniture - Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. An armchair from the living room might be a great for a sitting area in your bedroom.
Room Transformations - If you have a room “junk” room, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot.
Home Lighting - Many of homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
Make It Bigger - To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.
Neutral and Appealing - Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Even if you were weaned on off-white walls, take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens.
Raid Your Yard - Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring while summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color.
For even more help in staging your home, give us a call. With a fresh perspective, we can help you prepare your home for the market to ensure that you get the best possible value for your home.