To sell your home, you need to stage it. Doesn’t it make sense that buyers can picture themselves in a clean attractive space, over a dirty, crowded one?
Stage Your Living/Family Room
- Use throw pillows and blankets to accentuate the room with color and character.
- Use the rule of symmetry, with throw pillows.
- If you’re changing slipcovers, curtains, or whatever else, make the new alternative light and airy.
- Remove a piece of furniture (or more) if you need to to give the room a bigger, more open feel.
- Arrange your furniture to have purpose; direct chairs to face each other for ease of conversation.
- Add lamps for a calm ambiance.
- Clean up your fireplace and mantel, including the screen if need be.
Stage Your Kitchen
- Clear the countertops, except for possibly a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers.
- Wipe away any food, stains, or fingerprints from all surfaces.
- If needed, re-paint or re-stain your cabinets.
- Take about half of your food out of the pantry and cabinets. They will feel more spacious. Also, organize the food you do have left.
- Clean the insides of your cabinets.
- Take away the refrigerator decorations.
- Empty trash and move it out of the line of sight.
- Set each place at the table with attractive place settings, and a pretty center piece such as flowers. You can do this in the dining room as well.
- Pack up all the dishes, glassware, cookware, and flatware, except one attractive set of each.
Stage Your Bedrooms
- Hide your valuables away.
- Make the master as gender-less as possible.
- Remove some things from each bedroom. Less is better than more.
- Pack up last season’s clothes to make your closet seem bigger. If you have a bunch of mismatched, eyesore hangers, then take out every other kind except for the most attractive, and only display those.
- If you have an extra bedroom, you can turn it into a room with another purpose, like an office, crafts room, or rec room.
Stage Your Bathroom
- Scrub down every surface- especially if there’s grout that looks dingy; if necessary, re-grout any parts.
- Get streaks off of the mirror, faucets, and hardware
- Fix anything that needs it, like loose towel racks, leaky faucets, etc.
- Remove clutter-anything with brand labels on it, or that distracts the eye from the rest of the bathroom.
- Add in some “spa-like” qualities, like candles, baskets, plants, and more.
- Spray your bathroom with a scent, or light a candle, beforehand. Sometimes we go “nose-blind” to things that we smell every day.
- If needed, re-paint a wall that’s dark and/or stained.
- Fill in patches and holes in walls.
- Wash your windows on the inside and the outside.
- De-personalize your home; take down family pictures and other personals so that buyers can picture themselves living there.
- Be sure to create nice curb appeal for your house.