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Home Stage Quickly With What You Already Have

Curb Appeal

The way the home looks from the exterior is going to be the first point of contact with the viewer, so you want to make a good impression here. Mow and water your lawn, organize your trash, recycling, and anything kept outside, and clean the exterior with the hose if it needs it. Pull weeds if at all possible, especially weeds growing in between sidewalk cracks. Be sure to make your home numbers visible so that potential buyers or guests can find it easily. It’s likely the inside of the garage could be seen by visitors and should be organized as best you can. If you have any exterior paint you’ve used on the house, use it to make minor touch ups.

Pack Away Personal Items

When home staging, you want to have a clean slate to begin with and you want to view the home not from your point of view anymore, but a potential buyer. Professional homestagers not only want all your personal items packed away from view, but the cupboards and closets emptied too. Buyers will be looking at these details. Leave out only your best decor options and furniture; more on that later.

Clean and Deodorize

As long as a home is clean, a potential buyer will overlook the lack of updates because they perceive that the home was well cared for otherwise. Deep cleaning, just as you would moving out of a rental, is a must. Remove all dust, marks on the doors and walls, and window smudges. Clean the kitchens and bathrooms as thoroughly as possible including the inside of appliances. Infusing too much scent is frowned upon, but a burning candle during an open house is acceptable. Baking soda and vinegar can help you deodorize appliances, furniture, carpet and other odor vulnerable items and spaces. For serious mold infested spaces, use diluted bleach and water to clean the area. Musty basements would benefit from a dehumidifier to eliminate odor causing moisture.

Make Repairs With The Materials You Have

Unfinished projects scare potential buyers, so complete any that you’ve purchased supplies for before any showings.

Edit Furniture

Staging your furniture is meant to assist a buyer in perceiving the space before them but largely use their imagination to see themselves living there. Fill the space, but not entirely, just enough to realize the size of the room. Be sure to portray realistic walkways and an arrangement that encourages socializing and liveliness. It’s important to improve the perception of current “dead spaces”, awkward spaces, or spaces that don’t already have a clear purpose. Every space in the home should be staged to convey its purpose. Reading corners or additional storage are two ways to assign jobs to spaces that don’t already have a clear purpose.

Accessory Tips

Forget your own style if you can. Home staging is about showing off the features of a room. Arrange furniture to draw the eye to the focal point of the room, a fireplace, or the view out the sliding glass doors. Arranging paintings on the wall in an ordinary way is as good as not hanging it at all. Professional homestagers encourage a little wackiness in the way you’d usually decorate to get the viewer’s attention. Decorative displays, especially those on tables, should be grouped in odd numbers, usually three. It’s okay for the home or shelves to look a little empty. It leaves the guest wanting more and encourages their own creativity.

Adequate Lighting

Gather all your lamps and sources of light and really work on distributing enough light to each room. Some professionals recommend at least 100 watts per 50 square feet. Even among homeowners, a survey has unveiled that lighting had a lot to do with why they didn’t like certain spaces of their home. A variety of lighting choices (lamps, nightlights, ceiling fans, and natural light) are great to have, but no room should have more or less light than another.

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Designing Your Wet Bar

There is no shortage of wet bar designs in contemporary homes. This is because the most common piece of advice when designing your wet bar is to make it your own. The common thread among homeowners wanting a wet bar is that they entertain frequently. Aside from that, their needs and styles span a broad spectrum from what types of drinks they will be preparing, where in there home they see a wet bar and where they want to be in conjunction to their seated guests. This article is a good place to open up to all the limitless possibilities and begin to narrow them down according to your personal tastes!

Where In Your Home

Deciding where to put your bar mainly depends on where you entertain most, but in the case of the wet bar, you might also consider where there are already plumbing needs met. Common placement for wet bars is in finished basements, off of kitchens, in the corner of the living room or above or below existing bathrooms on other floors. If expense is no consideration, you can put your bar anywhere you like! If you are considering saving money you will want to discard the sink altogether or choose placement where your contractor can easily make new lines to your bar.

Shape and Measurements

Again, there are limitless options for bar designs. Do you want to be able to “work” behind your bar? Or make it self-serve against a wall? Where you will be in comparison to your guests will largely determine the design of your bar. After you’ve decided this factor, you can choose its shape. Some bars are rectangular, others round and some completely circular. Consider your other design elements when choosing your shape such as the style of chairs your guests will sit on, and refrigerator and sink placement.

It’s a common suggestion to visit actual local bars to get an idea of the measurements you see yourself most comfortable using. A self-serving bar will likely be the height of regular kitchen cabinets, but one where you are the bartender you will find a wide variety of guest to bartender countertop measurements. Visiting at least 3 local bars on days they are least busy and chatting up the owner or manager in a friendly manner, and measuring the height of both sides of the bar if he/she allows, it will give you the best idea of what you will want for your own home with ZERO regret.

Style and Fixtures

A common style is a granite on top of dark wood with modern silver finishings and under cabinet lighting, but again, there are countless combinations to choose from. Googling ‘home bars’ will give you a great gallery to gather ideas from. Important choices include what type of storage you will need (wine racks, bottle shelves, enclosed cabinets or cabinets that display their contents), bar surfaces, lighting, sink, refrigerator, flooring and bar stools or seating.


Accessories include bar signs and decor, flat screen TVs, games such as darts, cards, dice or pool, fireplaces, and more. It may help you to design your bar using graph paper to visualize all the components including the accessories before they are all put together. Have fun with it! Homeowners who have designed their own bar demonstrate it being their pride and joy of the house. It’s an excellent gathering space to enjoy other’s company purely without the distraction of electronic devices, daily stresses or things going on in other parts of the house.