Are you planning on selling your home soon or in the next few years? If so, I recommend staging as it can help you sell your home faster and at the best price possible. Staging is better than leaving a home vacant with no furnishings or accessories. Even using your own furniture is better than leaving a space empty as it helps potential buyers visualize what their future home could look like. That’s the key. You want to stage your home in an elegant yet beautiful way to show that it’s been lived in, but also helps buyers imagine what it would be like if it was their home. I recently completed a staging job for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in Haight Ashbury that sold for 1.2 million. The client wanted to use their existing furniture and they had a wonderful art collection that was used for staging. If they didn’t stage their home and left it vacant, I doubt it would have sold at that price. That’s why staging your home whether it’s using your own furniture, renting furniture, or using a staging company is so important. Check out some tips and suggestions to help you when it comes time to sell your home.
Clear clutter and organize
Before you even start thinking about staging your home, clear away all your clutter. No one, especially potential buyers want to see a home full of clutter. Remove anything that doesn’t make you happy and you have no use for anymore. I know it may be hard to part with something if you have had it for so long, but if it no longer has a purpose and doesn’t give you joy, it’s time to let it go. You’ll be glad you did. So get rid of any old furnishings, books, clothes, artwork, accessories, toys, etc… that you haven’t used in a few years and donate it to goodwill or donate to your family and friends. Clearing clutter will clear your mind and prepare you for selling your home.
Curb Appeal and Front Entrance
The first thing people see is the front of your house. Spruce up your curb appeal by getting rid of any weeds, gardening, giving your front door or house a fresh coat of paint, updating old light fixtures, or trimming foliage. Potential buyers can make up their mind in the first 20-30 seconds as they approach the front door, so it’s important to set a good first impression and focus on sprucing up and updating the front of your home. The front entrance is also important in setting a good impression so make sure your entrance is attractive and appealing to buyers.
Neutral and pops of color
Keep the walls a neutral shade if possible. Then, add pops of color through accessories such as throw pillows, rugs, or artwork. By keeping the base neutral, you can help potential buyers imagine how their existing furnishings and accessories would look in their future home. If every room in your home is a different color, (whether it’s pastels or bold colors) and you don’t have the budget to paint the walls neutral, then I recommend staging your home with neutral furnishings such as a white sofa, grey upholstered chair, or a plain beige rug. By doing so, it can still help buyers visualize each room and imagine how they would make it their own.
Highlight architectural features such as a fireplace or ceiling beams
If you have a traditional home with a brick fireplace, absolutely highlight it. It’s an architectural feature that is very attractive to home buyers. Whether it’s a traditional fireplace or a modern one, you can make it the focal point of your room. Ceiling beams are also a beautiful architectural feature to spruce up and spotlight and can really make a home appealing to buyers.
Bring in flowers and plants
Adding flowers and plants to your home not only creates a beautiful and fragrant aroma, but also keeps the home fresh bringing nature indoors. Almost everyone loves nature, so why not add freshly cut flowers in your bedroom and living room or lavender in the bathroom and kitchen? If you have empty space in the corner that looks odd if there was nothing there, fill it with a ficus or philodendron plant. You can also add a cluster of small succulents to a side table or hang it on the wall as artwork.
Display your collectibles
Some professional stager’s don’t recommend displaying personal collectibles in your home. If it’s family photos, I agree that it shouldn’t be used during stage. Personal collectibles could be a collection of artwork, antiques, plates, stamps, etc…. If you collect artwork from artists that you truly enjoy, I find no harm in displaying it in your home. And why shouldn’t you? If the art makes you happy and reflects who you are, why not use them as part of staging your home, but in the right amount. It’s one thing to display a few antique items such as an antique lamp or antique side table in various rooms versus displaying a whole collection of antique toys or musical instruments you might have collected over the years. Including some of your personal collectibles in your home staging gives a personal and unique impression that can attract potential buyers who are looking to make their home their own.
Use Accessories in the right amount
Definitely accessorize. Add colorful throw pillows or rugs in various patterns. Hang artwork on your walls with one large piece as a focal point or create a gallery wall with artwork in various sizes and in different frames. Imagine a space with no artwork, pillows, rugs, table lamps, books, etc… If it just had a sofa, coffee table, side tables, and a chair, the room would look dull and boring. It wouldn’t exactly be exciting to visualize living in that home. Now add a few colorful throw pillows, an area rug in a geometric pattern, books and artwork on a custom built-in surrounding a lovely tiled fireplace and now can you imagine spending time in that room? I know I would! So, accessorize but don’t overdo it. Keep it simple and uncluttered.