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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.