Today's prompt: Educate us on something you know a lot about
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not professional home stager. But thanks to my HGTV obsessions and maybe a bit of a natural knack for knowing how to make things pretty, it's something I've found out that I have a bit of a talent for.
Basically, I have a crush on Sabrina Soto and I think she and I should be BFF's.
Also, I just think home staging is super fun. I'm not sure if that makes me weird, but I'm all about making things pretty.
Though our plans changed and we ended up staying in our house (thanks to the awesome buyers who were gracious enough to let us terminate the contract), our home sold in two days. I don't think it was solely my home-staging abilities, though I'm sure it helped some.
All that to say, I thought I would share a few of my home-staging tips today since I seem to somehow know a lot about this.
In no particular order:
Make every room look as big as you can. Put a lot of thought into how you place your furniture. Remove pieces or downsize to something smaller if you are working with a smaller space.
Use each room for what it was intended to be. Take your offices out of your kitchens or dining rooms. Set up bedrooms as bedrooms instead of storage rooms or even playrooms. A simple guest bedroom will show much better than a room only full of toys. You can put your children's toys into bins and keep them in closet for showings and put the rest into storage. If you have a large master bedroom like me, create a sitting area or an office space. (I tore down my craft-making area - so sad).
Clear the clutter everywhere. Less is more.
A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. The small white counter that separated our kitchen and living rooms was kind of dingy and gross. A fresh coat of white paint made it sparkle and look brand new.
Put placemats or a runner and some kind of arrangement on the dining room table. Even a simple bowl of lemons or fresh flowers will do nicely. If you're really ambitious, you could even set the table with a set of plates, pretty glasses and decorative napkins.
Clean out your cabinets and closets - buyers look in everything!
Storage is key - even if you have to cram everything in to the cabinets and cupboards and closets that you have - stage them all! Clear out what you can live without until your home sells. Keep everything neat and organized so a buyer will be confident that all of their stuff will fit into those storage spaces just as neatly as yours!
Get as much off of your kitchen counters as you can. You want buyers envisioning how easy it will be to prepare dinner and roll out cookie dough and work on science projects on those counters.
Just say no to brass! Even if you're home isn't that old, it makes any room look outdated. If you have any brass fixtures of any kind (the cheap-looking yellow stuff) you can replace it with something new. Or even better - spray paint it with an updated metallic color like brown, chrome, silver, copper, etc. and you'll save money. Anything but brass is better!
Touch up nail holes and paint on the walls. The cleaner and crisper - the better!
The kitchen is the most important. If you are going to invest any money on updates of any kind, the kitchen is where you should put that money.
Remove personal pictures on the walls. Leaving a few things on shelves might be okay, but you don't want buyers looking at your family photos all over the walls of the home they are thinking of buying. You want them to envision their family in this space.
Drawers, under the beds, and large totes or baskets make for great places to hide the things that you need but don't necessarily want out for showings.
Put all of your bathroom things away. Don't leave out your toothbrushes and moisturizers and hairspray. Put those things in a box under the sink and away from immediate view. Cotton balls or Q-tips in a decorative jar in addition to some greenery or candles and handsoap on top of your bathroom counters, should be all they see.
Curb appeal - spruce up the front of your house. Fresh mulch, some potted plants or fresh flowers and a neatly mowed yard will work wonders. If you've lived in your home for a long time you might think about having the home and sidewalks/driveway powerwashed.
And remember - these days, home staging is essential because it has become almost an expectation. Definitely take the time to clean, declutter and arrange your home so that it is appealing to perspective buyers. Remember, the goal is to get that house sold so you can get to your new place!
There may be a few things I left out, but there you have it. Your home-staging expert (wanna-be) has spoken. Happy staging and happy home-selling!