Home Staging Ideas

Dave Demattei and Patrick Wade Arch Digest 11-13b entry hallHow to Sell Your Home Fast by Decorating

A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all family photos and, if necessary, paint brightly colored walls a more neutral shade. It’s essential to make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. You may have gotten used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye and repair anything that needs it.

One of the most notorious items that yield return on home investments are chandeliers. People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Aim for small groupings of furniture with plenty of space around them.

Counters should be clear and clutter-free. A single bowl or vase holding cooking utensils is okay, but that’s about it. Store small appliances in cupboards if you must. If your kitchen doesn’t have a backsplash, this is a weekend job that a reasonably handy person can tackle for little money. Invest in some gorgeous tiles (since you’re doing such a small area, it shouldn’t cost too much) or consider glass mosaics, mirror tile, or plain tile interspersed with a few fancy ones.

Consider replacing kitchen cabinet hardware with brushed steel, which look great with stainless steel appliances, or decorative ceramic. Make sure any visible linens in the bathrooms are brand new or at least look brand new.

Hire a professional cleaning company to get at all the little nooks and crannies, down to the last detail. This rule, incidentally, should apply to the whole house. In the bathroom, an ugly builder’s mirror can be replaced with a pretty framed mirror for under $100. For a little more, you can buy an antique or higher-end model from a housewares boutique. Switch out the lighting for a nice chandelier or some attractive new sconces and the bathroom will look as if it’s been renovated.

 Replace bathroom towel bars with well-designed ones from a designer bath boutique. You can get matched ensembles that include toilet tissue holder, wastebasket, trays, etc. Aim for the hotel chic look: Crisp white towels neatly stacked in a towel holder, small trays on the vanity holding attractive toiletries or soaps (wrapped or unused) and scented candles.

In the master bedroom, add multiple new pillows with shams or toss pillows in front, crisp white linens and a throw at the end of the bed.

Here’s a great How To Stage video for some useful tips, and an HGTV article on The Latest Techniques of Home Staging to Sell.

 

One thought on “Home Staging Ideas

  1. Richard Moore Post author

    Details matter. Furniture is great, but you also should have accessories. Some examples are big coffee table books, add curated collectibles to bookshelves, toss market baskets onto chairs, hang original art and use only real plants to give buyers the impression that someone actually lives there. Old-school staging style tended toward the sterile and looked a bit more like a big-box furniture showroom.

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