Surprising Secrets of Successful Home Staging
"Staging" is about setting up and decorating each room of your home so that it looks as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Studies show that a property is more likely to sell quickly and for a better price if it is effectively staged.
Even if you haven't heard of staging before, you probably already know the basics, such as eliminating clutter and makeing sure everything is clean and "guest ready". However, there are also some home staging "secrets" staging professionals use that you may not know. Here are a few examples:
Increase horizontal surface space. Make sure desks, countertops, coffee tables, end tables etc. are as free of items as possible. Give the impression that there's a lot of room available on horizontal surfaces.
Flowers. Fresh flowers or flowering plants placed in a couple of rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, can have a dramatic impact on how inviting that room looks. Just don't over do it.
Don't be daring when you paint. You may love the idea of a bright yellow and green combination in the family room, but not everyone will share your daring sense of style. If you paint, stick to neutral colors.
Less is more. Be brutally honest about the amount of furniture you have in each room - including wall hangings. Is there a dest, side table or other piece you can put away in storage? Think about ways to make each room more spacious. Space is king!
Ultimately, the best staging advise is to use your common sense. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer as you walk thorugh your home. Ask yourself, "What changes will make this room even more attractive?"