One of the most important steps to take when you’re thinking about how to sell your house fast, is staging. Sure, it’s easy to stage a vacant room because you’re starting with a completely blank slate! But what if you’re staging a room that already has furniture, rugs, art and décor in it?
In that case, you may want to actually remove items, such as décor and lamps, before you get started. Box them up or store them neatly in another room. Now you can see the room more clearly and start at the beginning.
As you stand in the doorway, where do your eyes land first? Usually this is a point across from where you’re standing. Sometimes your gaze is drawn to a grand fireplace or a bay window with a view. Other times it may land on a Jacuzzi tub, a built in bookcase or brick oven stove. It simply depends on the room. Every room has a focal point. It’s important to know what it is, so you can make sure that focal point is enhanced. And if by chance a room doesn’t have a natural focal point, you can give it one.
Place Furniture To Highlight A Focal Point
The first step is to place the furniture. You want to arrange the furnishings to highlight the focal point and assets of the room. At the same time, stay mindful of allowing potential buyers to move easily within the room and from one room to another. Remember to keep the furniture in balance. If you have a large heavy piece on one side of the room, you’ll need to balance it with something on the other side of the room. This balancing act also applies to art, accessories and color. Each element needs to be balanced throughout each room.
Also, be careful not to overcrowd a room with too much furniture. People tend to make this mistake when they live in a house where one room may have two or three purposes. In a staged house though, each room has only one main purpose and the furniture placement should highlight that purpose.
The Best Places For Area Rugs
Once the basic furniture is in place, move to placing or repositioning the area rugs. I’m not a fan of area rugs over wall to wall carpeting. I do recommend using area rugs if you have a solid floor surface though. Most of the time, rugs go under the center of a coffee table for living rooms and family rooms, under the dining table for formal dining spaces (make sure it’s large enough that the dining chairs are still on the rug when pulled out), and under the bed with about two feet on each side of the bed if the bed is in the center of the wall. If the bed is against a wall, place the rug next to the bed. In other rooms, center rugs under a writing desk or under a seating area.
What Constitutes Artwork?
Once furniture and rugs are in place, you can move on to artwork. Art does not have to be high-end or in a picture frame. Some of my preferred pieces of artwork are wooden bowls, bamboo table runners, fancy hat boxes and candle sconces. You can use anything decorative that you can hang with a nail or a picture hook! You can even create art by placing decorative paper or fabric in an inexpensive frame.
Among all of the items to hang on a wall, mirrors are probably my all-time favorite. Mirrors make rooms look larger and brighter. They can also duplicate a great view when hung strategically. I generally like to place mirrors in foyers and dining rooms. However, they also look great across from the bed, over a dresser in the bedroom, in a hallway or across from a large window.
Let There Be Light
The next layer in your staging efforts is lamps. You want to place lamps next to the sofa on end tables, next to the bed on bedside tables, or in corners where it is dark. If you need extra lighting, add table lamps to foyer tables or on dining room buffet tables. You can also place tall, floor lamps in the corner of almost any room. Make sure every room has ample light and all the lamps coordinate with each other as well as any mounted lights in the room.
My favorite layer is what’s called soft goods. All bedding should be clean, up-to-date, ironed and neatly placed on the beds. In the bathrooms, towels must be relatively new (not worn!), clean and neatly folded. Fresh, coordinating throw pillows are essential for your sofas and beds. Beautiful throw blankets are perfect for cooler weather and are also a nice addition to drape across sofas, chairs and beds.
Finishing Touches To Bring It All Together
Once you’ve got all the above mentioned elements in place, adding books, magazines, decorative boxes, frames, candles, trays, plants, and other beautiful objects can really tie it all together.
Décor works best in odd numbers. No more than three items – including the lamp – on side tables. Don’t overdo it. Plants can be as simple as a cutting from outside placed in a glass container with water or fresh flowers in a vase. Lightly sprinkled décor throughout the home brings balance and warmth to each room. Your goal is to create a sense of lifestyle because home buyers are attracted to the lifestyle that the home represents to them just as much as the actual house itself.
Use these tips as part of your strategy of how to sell your house fast.
Tracy Kay Griffin is a member of Express Homebuyers Design Team. She was the Series Designer for HGTV’s “Get It Sold,” a Guest Designer for HGTV’s “My First Place” and the Lead Stager for Washington DC’s premier staging company, Red House Staging & Interiors.
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