Tips to Staging Your Home

kitchenWhen selling your home, you want your home to stand out amongst the competition. One simple way to accomplish this is to stage your home.  With a few tips and tricks you can achieve this with little to no money. Taking the time to stage your home will pay off. Follow these simple tips and tricks and your home will feel more spacious and inviting.

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To maximize the space in your home, de-clutter and organize. Remember that less is more. You may consider renting a storage unit if you have a lot of stuff. You will have to pack everything up for the move anyway so why not get a head start.

Clean out the closets by packing away out-of-season clothing and shoes. The less you have crammed in the closet, the larger it will appear. Use storage boxes for loose items and stack them together on shelves.

In the bathroom, use a shower caddy and store shampoos, body wash, etc. under the sink. Baskets are also great to store other toiletries under the sink. The only items on the bathroom sink should be hand soap and maybe one decorative item. Get rid of bathroom rugs, bath mats, and fuzzy toilet seat covers.

Kitchens can make or break the sale of a home. Clear off counter tops. Store all appliance such as toasters and blenders in cabinets. Try to keep no more than 3 things on the counter top. Examples of items that would be okay to leave out include a fruit bowl, vase of flowers, one small appliance if necessary. Pack away any kitchen items that you haven’t used in a while to make storage space for items you use regularly. Remove everything off of the refrigerator. Rugs can shrink a room so get rid of any rugs or kitchen mats.

Mail, shoes, newspapers, and magazines easily take over areas of your home. Baskets neatly arranged are great for storing these items. Pay attention to exposed cords and tuck them away behind furniture. If you have a lot of pictures or artwork on the wall, take them down. Remember that simple is better so only leave a few art pieces on the walls. This is also true of decorations. Pare down distractions by simplifying your decorations.

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After you have de-cluttered and organized your home, the next step is to neutralize. If you have any walls that are painted with bold colors now is the time to lighten up. A room with red walls may feel closed in to buyers so paint over that red with a light neutral color such gray or beige. If you have dark colored curtains or drapes, you may consider taking them down and replacing them with lighter colored window coverings or just removing them all together. Remember that you want things to be light and bright. Lighter colors open up a space while darker colors close it in.

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The arrangement of furniture can either make a room appear crowded or spacious. Before we get to the furniture lets go over a few other things to consider..

You want your house to sparkle and natural light to fill the rooms so open up the curtains and blinds. If you have low ceilings, or small windows hang curtains all the way up to the ceiling. This trick makes the windows seem larger and the ceilings feel higher. If you have dark corners or areas of your home, use lamps to light up the space.

If you have large pieces of furniture or a lot of pieces in a small space, take some of it out (this is where the storage building comes in handy). Don’t block traffic or windows with furniture so arrange it in a way that opens up these areas. Rugs that are too large can shrink a room so take this into consideration. When arranging furniture, create conversation areas and highlight the focal points of the room such as the fireplace. Arrange furniture and decorations in odd number groupings such as in 3’s or 5’s.

Make sure that each room has a purpose. If you have a catch-all room, turn it into an office or guest bedroom. No need to buy any expensive furniture. You could use a blow-up mattress on a bed frame with a simple head board. Cover it with nice bedding.

I hope these tips and tricks help you prepare your home for buyers.

Anthony Coleman, Realtor, Top Guns Real Estate

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