Home Staging Tips in 2023
Home Staging Tips
Curb Appeal is Everything
Most people have too much furniture that makes rooms look smaller. Get rid of knick-knacks and shelves full of items. Put toys away. Clean everything off your kitchen counters. Buy storage bins and fill them! You’ll be amazed at how much STUFF you own when you see it all boxed away!
We had an entire corner of our garage full of storage bins, but if you have it in your budget it might be a good idea to rent a storage unit – especially if you have a lot of furniture that needs to be removed for staging.
For home staging, it is said you should depersonalize your home as much as possible. This means that generally you don’t want to have too many pictures of yourself on the walls. Why? You want buyers to be able to picture THEMSELVES in the home instead of picturing YOU.
You want your home to feel like a home and to still be inviting. Don’t remove so much that it feels cold and sterile.
Make Quick Fixes
If you take one bit of advice from this post – clean your house. I mean a DEEP CLEAN not just a surface clean. Make sure the insides of cabinets and drawers are spotless, all your appliances and faucets are shiny and baseboards and floors are dust-free.
Remove scuffs on walls with a magic eraser. They really are magic!
The bathroom needs to be absolutely spotless. Remove all the products from the shower and sink and add an orchid to brighten up the space. Again, don’t forget to shine the faucets and shower heads and of course make sure the mirror is spotless!
Another thing to focus on when cleaning is your floors. I love walking into a home during a showing and the house having clean, shiny floors. It just adds to the experience and really makes the home show well.
Each room should be designated to serve a clear purpose.
Not all buyers have great imaginations. Sometimes they need help seeing how a space can be used. For example, when we bought our house, there was a room that use to be a formal living room. We decided to use that room as a home office. We added a few desks/chairs and made it our own home office. It is clear what that room is used for now.
I hope you can use these tips when you get ready to put your home on the market. As always, you can contact us with any of your home buying or selling needs.
-Jecca and Stephen