We stage a lot of homes. And before we get too far please note I am not a professional stager, although I am certified, staging is not our business. We don’t bring in the furniture and the pretty decor to stage your home, we work with people who do that. Instead we work with the home owner and use their belongings to stage the home and get it ready for sale.
Here are my most frequently recommended staging tips.
- Remove the rugs in the kitchen and in the bathroom. They distract the eye and they break up the space. This makes the space feel smaller than it is. Removing them makes the space appear larger.
- Clear your countertops of everything useful. And yes that includes the coffee pot. I know it’s a pain but we’re selling countertops in the kitchen. A clear countertop will look clean and larger than it is. It says to the buyer there’s plenty of room to make all the cookies and prep for dinner.
- Remove all the decor above your cabinets. It takes the eye up exactly where we don’t want it to go.
- Buy clean new fluffy towels, a candle and some fresh flowers for the bathroom. They give the bathroom a spa like feeling and they don’t cost a lot.
- Put a bouquet of fresh flowers on the dining room table. If you don’t like fresh flowers a houseplant will do. And at the moment they may be a better, trendier option. Just be sure to buy a hardy houseplant if you have a black thumb.
- Open all the window treatments and let the light in. And while you’re at it replace all those awful fluorescent lightbulbs. Yes I know they save energy and last longer but they give off a horrible light.
- Paint. I recommend Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter or Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige over and over again. Because they’re neutral and paint is one of the easiest things you can do to freshen, update and modernize the look of your home.
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