Staging to Sell? – No to Low Cost Series of Tips for ALL of the areas of your home
Have you Googled ‘how to stage your home for sale’ and come up overwhelmed? The joys of homeownership come to a head when you decide to put it on the market. At that point, you truly no longer ‘own’ your home – it has become open season for all critics – the future buyer. Your goal is to get top dollar, as quickly as possible and enjoy the profits of the sale. Here is a series of low and no cost staging tips from a professional interior designer that are sure to boost profit and reduce days on the market.
The Main Living Areas:
Photograph these areas as well and review what you see. A good place to start is the lighting. Typical energy saving lighting isn’t doing justice to our impression of the interior. Invest in new light bulbs that match in wattage for all rooms, aren’t harsh to the eye and certainly make sure all function. If you are able to paint, Ladyfinger 1045 from Benjamin Moore is a great neutral. Furniture should not be like middle school dance floors and crowded against the wall. Create sofa and chair groupings centered closer to the middle of the room, with the rug underneath of the front feet of the chairs at minimum. Personal photos are a no-no, but investing in new artwork might not be realistic. Go to a magazine, print off the web or cut up a used coffee table book and insert attractive images into existing frames. Make sure the frame colors in groupings are alike, and spray paint if needed. Groupings of art and accessories are best in odd numbers and flank large images with 2-3 vertical smaller ones. Remove random furniture and clutter, even consider removing old or out of date window treatments. Keep only the sofa, 2 side chairs, coffee and matching lamps with new shades if needed and end tables in the living room. The dining room should have table and chairs and only the hutch or the sideboard. Mask off and spray paint the brass chandelier to a new finish, iron or brushed metal and add shades if desired. This is not the time to show off the fact you use this room as the family home office. Mirrors should only reflect the exterior windows or attractive features of the home. Dirt also shows in photos and so will show up to a potential buyer. Fresh flowers brighten any space and aren’t expensive from the local grocer. Clean, shampoo, dust and shine everything!!! Some of these design tips will translate well into your new home as well!
Do you not have the time to stage your home to sell? Does it need repairs that you simply can’t make? Or have you put your house on the market, but you’re not finding any buyers? Express Homebuyers will buy your house fast – in as little as 7 days! – and we’ll purchase the property as-is. If you have a home you want to sell quickly in VA, MD, or DC, then request an offer online or give us a call at (877) 804-5252. Check back soon for even more staging tips from Reflections Interior Design!