Tips for Staging Your Home for a Showing
Selling a home is already a stressful process and consists of many moving parts. The goal of course is to present your home in a way that makes potential homeowners fall in love. Home staging is the key to emphasizing all the great features of your home, while softening its weaknesses. Use these fantastic tips to get your home off the market!
Say Goodbye to Clutter
Nothing is worse than viewing a home that looks like it could possibly be featured on the TLC show Hoarders. This is the most important thing you can do to avoid potential homeowners from walking in and walking right out. Too much furniture is the biggest cause of this clutter. Take the time to really think about what you need and what you can live without. Ridding your home of clunky and unnecessary furniture makes your home look significantly bigger.
Don’t forget to raid those closets as well. Showing off as much storage space as possible is vital. Storage space is a make or break for almost all buyers.
Update and Upgrade the Lighting
Amp up the watts! What makes many staged homes look so inviting and warm is as basic as lighting. Lamps and fixtures should all be using 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Each room should have three different types of lighting:
- Ambient = general or overhead
- Task = pendant, under-cabinet or reading
- Accent = table or wall
You can find great lamps and lighting fixtures at an even better price at Kohl’s!
Bigger is Better
Making a room look bigger is all about illusions and tricking the mind. If you have adjacent rooms, use the same paint on the walls to make it appear as though the rooms are one big room. Another great trick is painting the walls the same color as your drapery or including the same color notes to make them blend.
Accessorize your bathroom to create a spa look. Decorative baskets and candles are a great touch for creating an ambience. Roll up towels and have them placed in several different areas in the bathroom. JC Penney offers a variety selection for bathroom décor.
Buyers are paying a lot more attention to the kitchen. If you can’t afford installing brand new appliances, start with new cabinets, new doors, and drawer fronts. If this is still too much, invest in new paint and paint everything to match. New cabinet and drawer fixtures can also go a long way. When you’re done with that be sure to clean off your countertops. Keep appliances minimal and add fresh fruit and flowers to create a welcoming, homey environment.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Walk through your home with a new set of eyes and pin point the things that may be off putting to potential home buyers. Even better, have a friend or neighbor who doesn’t visit your home too often to take a look for you. They may offer additional points to make your home perfect for your upcoming staging!