DIY Home Staging
Selling or buying a property is possibly one of the biggest investments anyone could make. How the property is presented and perceived should be given as much importance and consideration as any consumer product on the market.
No matter what is happening to the real estate market, when you want to sell your home, there are two simple rules to follow to assure a quick sale: price it well, and make it look amazing. Whatever the asking price, its appearance needs to be flawless.
Staging has evolved over the past decade, it makes a difference and is essential in today’s market. In the past, many stagers focused on de-cluttering and implementing minor tweaks in furnished homes. Or they appointed vacant apartments with basic rental furniture to prove that rooms were large enough for regular sofas and queen-size mattresses.
Today, they are increasingly tackling all-out transformations that aim to present compelling contemporary design, while projecting a complete package. If hiring someone is out of the question, then try these easy DIY staging tips.
REDUCE CLUTTER One of the most vital aspects of preparing a home for sale, it may be more important than ever is to tidy up and sell, store, donate or dispose of unnecessary goods.
CLEAN OUT CLOSETS The advice to de-clutter extends to your closets. Having space to spare makes them look larger.
A NEW COAT OF PAINT It makes a place look clean and fresh.
EMBRACE THE ACCENT WALL While most walls should be painted neutral hues, some stagers now use a bold color or wallpaper on a single wall.
EDIT PERSONAL PHOTOS Stagers use to recommend removing all personal photos. Now, many say it’s acceptable to leave some photos if they are pleasant in handsome frames.
NIX THE DINNER SET Setting the dining table with plates, cutlery and glasses, appears too contrived to buyers.
REPLACE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE Rent or buy inexpensive contemporary furniture to stand in for pieces that appear dark, heavy or old
NEW TOWELS AND LINENS Fresh, fluffy towels and crisp white bed linens are an inexpensive way to suggest luxury.
AVOID SCENTS Smells that are pleasing to you may be off-putting to potential buyers. Avoid scented candles or fragrant flowers.