A Staging Technique for Every Home:
Boost Curb Appeal
Buyers can easily be deterred if your home doesn’t look good from the outside. You don’t want to lose potential buyers because they kept driving once they saw the outside of your home. Here are some tips to help boost your home’s curb appeal:
- Power wash the siding, walkways, and driveway
- Hand house numbers that are both appealing and easy to read
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Keep the lawn mowed, and reseed or add fresh sod
- Wash all front windows and keep them clean
- Repaint or stain the porch floor
After your yard is looking great, make your front porch one that draws people in. If your stoop is bare, gussy it up by adding outdoor furniture, a clean doormat, blooming potted plants, or other outdoor décor that you like. If your porch is already decorated, be sure the furniture and doormat are clean and the plants are alive and vibrant. Be sure to keep the porch well lit at all times, especially before showings.
Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter Free
Remove all the personal items and clutter from your home immediately. Remove any unsightly or unnecessary decorations from your home. You want the future homeowner to be able to picture themselves in their new home, rather than your old home.
Once you have all the clutter out of the way, make your home sparkle from the floorboards to the ceiling! No details are too small. Be sure to clean the counters, windows, gutters, floors, and every groove in between. An untidy home creates the image that your home hasn’t been cared for and makes potential buyers wonder what else hasn’t been maintained.
Create a Lived-In Atmosphere
This is doesn’t mean you can keep your clutter and personalized décor. It means add a few touches here and there to keep your home from looking sterile. Use decorations that are neutral and reflect any personal style. Vases with cut flowers or a bowl of lemons will give an inviting feeling without personalizing your home too much. The kitchen, dining room, and bathroom are a few places to utilize this staging technique.
Use Furniture and Area Rugs to Your Advantage
The staging technique for your living room is to use symmetry. Pull your pieces away from the walls and pair your furniture to creating an inviting conversation area. Refinishing unattractive floors is the wisest choice, but if you can’t afford to fix them – cover them up. Strategically placed area rugs both add décor and hide unsightly blemishes.
It should be a no-brainer to steer away from ostentatious wall colors, but too much white can get boring. Use sophisticated neutral colors throughout your home to create a backdrop that pulls everything together. It’s important not to forget to keep the Master Bedroom gender-neutral, as well. You can use rich mid-tones like mocha, gray, or beige for this staging technique.
Show How to Use Awkward Areas
If you have any room beneath the stairs, or a nook or alcove anywhere in your home, try to find a unique way to show it off. By setting up a small work station, a home command center with a bulletin board, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point. This staging technique works great in any unconventional space in your home.