What does home look like?
It’s a place to relax, to enjoy and to create endless memories. Invite those that enter to imagine what lies ahead by staging the scene. Then allow them to fill in the blanks with their own story.
Set the Scene
Contrary to what you may think, furniture can make a small space feel bigger and soft touches can enhance the look of hard surfaces, such as towels in a bathroom or curtains next to hardwood floors. The placement of furniture and decor can direct potential buyer’s thoughts on how to use a space whereas overly personal decor or an empty space can limit the vision. Just think of a time that you have walked through someone else’s home or even a show home, as much as you may appreciate the home’s architecture, the eye is drawn to the furnishings.
Is there something about your home that has always been a challenge, such as the lack of a dining space, slanted ceilings, or an extra space without a specific purpose? Chances are, anyone else touring your home will feel the same. Staging can help redefine spaces using rugs and positioning the other furniture in the room. Even if you stage a room one way, such as a home office or yoga studio, it may spark new ideas in a potential buyer’s mind.
Although staging can create a vision of functional spaces and accelerate the sale of your home as buyers pick up on that vision, sometimes there are limitations. If there are obvious maintenance items or bold paint and wallpaper, it may be best to address those items first. Between jobs, families and extracurricular activities, time is precious. Many buyers won’t take the time to contemplate that a can of paint only costs $40 and an afternoon. Instead they will say to their agent, where are we heading next?
If you’re not sure where to start, take 5:
- Box up personal items (family pictures, your toddler’s latest art project, books that may create divisive feelings for others with differing values and ideas)
- Walk around your house and place colorful tape on any obvious maintenance items
- Decide on a cohesive style or color scheme to use throughout the house – this creates great sight lines between rooms and make smaller homes feel larger and more open
- Ensure that all bedding, towels, rugs/carpet and fabric furniture look fresh and clean
- Add a few green plants – although cookies and scented candles may appeal to some, others may have allergies or asthma that could be triggered – plants give life to a space without the adverse effects
Need help? Contact us! We provide consultations and full home staging services.