Staging your home for sale. Best practices for staging homes to be shown for sale continues to evolve. Some methods have remained the same while some are now different. Here are some ideas for staging provided by the professionals:
NOT A BROADWAY STAGE SET
Plates, utensils, coffee cups and glasses on a dining room or kitchen table, or leaving a laundry basket in the laundry room, can come across as not real, and can gather dust therefore should be removed.
EMBRACE THE ACCENT WALL
Some recommend using a bold wallpaper or paint color on one wall, while all other walls should be painted with neutral colors, allowing those viewing the home to imagine their preferred colors.
A fresh cost of paint looks and smells clean. It can be the best money you spend when staging.
FRESH TOWELS AND LINENS
Clean, white sheets and new, not worn, fluffy towels are a cost effective method to display luxury.
SHOW USING CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE
Lease or purchase reasonably priced contemporary furniture instead of showing with traditional pieces, avoid using furniture that is not bright, or that is too heavy to move, or too old.
Eliminating clutter is a critical component when prepping a home for sale to be shown so, tidy up, and as needed donate, sell, store, or throw away items you no longer want or need.
SELECT PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS
In the past, the recommendation was to remove any personal pictures. But lately, many suggest it can be a good idea to leave some photographs, as long as they are warm and happy and within frames that are clean.
Cleanse your closets. Thin out what is in them. Showing extra space is a bonus, therefore leaving them looking larger.
ELIMINATE ANY STRONG SMELLS
Scents that you enjoy may be offensive or unpleasant to possible buyers. Never use scented candles, and avoid grilling, baking or cooking shortly before showing the home.
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