There is a lot to think about when it comes to selling your house, and staging is a process that should not be overlooked. It is estimated that 71% of agents who represent sellers believe that proper staging can boost up the value of your home. An example of this comes from Terrylynn Fisher, a REALTOR® with Dudum Real Estate Group in Walnut Creek, California. Two units in the same complex were for sale, and one unit had not been updated, while the other had small upgrades, including fresh coats of paint and a redone bathroom, but both units were the same size and floor plan. The unit that was staged sold for approximately $30,000 more than the other unit.
Staging is a critical part in marketing your house, and keeps you in the competitive market, which means you might be able to sell your home faster. It’s much more than just a quick vacuum and making the bed. Proper staging involves the processes of removing clutter, fixing and upgrading, and finally creating a space that is less personal to you. This might sound like a lot to think about, but luckily we have a room-by-room guide to help you get going on staging your home like a pro.
- For the living room it is important to think about symmetry and balance. This comes into play with everything from the placement of your sofa, to placing accents such as pillows and lighting. Balance is pleasing to the eye, and can create a space that shows decorating potential to your buyers.
- Brighten up the room with touches of light. Modern and unique lamps create a more appealing space, and highlight areas that may be overlooked.
- If you have a fireplace, clean it up by replacing the screen and getting rid of any soot stains.
- When it comes to choosing colours for your staging furniture or slip covers for your current pieces, stick with lighter shades to create an open, airy atmosphere.
- Create a larger space by removing a piece or two of unnecessary furniture.
- Pop some colour in with your accent pieces. Think about adding brightly coloured throws, pillows, or lamps to add extra interest.
- Setting up lifestyle pieces, such as a board game or a small home office space will allow buyers see themselves in your home.
- Take the focus off the TV and arrange your furniture to be more conversational
- It’s important to keep the clutter out of sight in this area. Be sure that the countertops are completely cleared, aside from a few accents such as fresh fruit or flowers.
- Keep your matching dishes and glassware in your cupboards, but keep any pieces that are mismatched packed away. Keep what’s in your cupboards down to a minimum – it’s more pleasing to look inside nice, clean cupboards and drawers, rather than messy and cluttered ones.
- Simple updates, such as a new coat of paint or stain, replacing broken or missing handles, and new hardware will keep your kitchen looking fresh.
- Seriously scrub the interior and exterior of all cabinets, drawers, and small and large appliances. And don’t forget to stash away all your family photos and magnets that you regularly keep on the fridge, and toss out any trash before a showing or open house.
- Make your closets look larger by packing up any unnecessary items – seasonal clothing, footwear, or accessories that might create a cluttered look.
- To keep your closet looking more streamlined, trade out any old and mismatched hangers for a nice, clean set of wooden or velvet hangers.
- As your cleaning, remember to stow away any jewellery or valuables in a safe place.
- Think about giving each room an individual identity, such as a spare bedroom, an office, or a craft room.
- This room has great potential for your buyers to “see” themselves in this space. Give them an idea of what it would be like to entertain in your home – set out trendy place settings with a decorated table, fit for a special gathering of friends and family.
- Think about adding in elements, such as wine glasses, a retro-style bar set up, or a decanter – without making it too cluttered.
Be sure to check out the second half of our home-staging guide here!