Staging is an essential aspect of selling a house as it gives an agent a simple and cost efficient way to present the space in the best possible way. Here are five staging tips guaranteed to make any place look its best.
1. Leave the House Clean and Uncluttered
When selling a house, you want to emphasis your space and create an area that is open and clean. It is essential to leave clutter or many personal items out of view, as it could be a potential distraction to buyers. Creating an open space lets the buyers see what exactly they are purchasing and gives them the opportunity to envision what they could do with the area. This can be done by cleaning up many personal possessions and leaving only a few key items on surfaces. Also consider leaving closets and pantries open and organizing there contents as it will not only make the room look more open, but give the buyer an idea of the storage space.
2.Create the Desired Environment
Every room in the house has its own separate purpose and with that, a different setting. Although consistency between rooms is crucial as it sets the natural flow of the house, making slight adjustments can create the perfect atmosphere for each area. Consider the lighting, decor, and paint color to make these slight changes. To create a warm and comfortable environment, use neutral colors, soft lighting, and a close layout. To make an area look more open and inviting, use light colors and bright lighting entertaining. Use small decor to add a pop of color to the room and keep the layout spacious for entertaining.
3.Consider the Composition
View every room with an eye of an artist; consider grouping, contrast, visual weight, and symmetry when staging a room. From the placement of the furniture to the decor on display, the composition plays a significant role not only on the visual appeal of the room, but its attractiveness to the potential buyer. Following these composition rules provide a sense of balance and harmony to any space while emphasizing the feature points of the house. Recognizing the visual weight and space of an object helps create a clear sense of symmetry on a surface or for the room in general. For example, dark or brightly colored decor has more visual weight but also provides a great deal of contrast if place in a neutral environment.
4.Optimize Outdoor Area
Whether it’s improving the curb appeal or revamping the patio space, the outdoor area can be a great additional feature to any space. Imagine the the perspective of the buyer, the first thing they see is the exterior of the home. Their first impressions will be essential to their assessment of the rest of the house. Fortunately, updating or improving the curb appeal of your home can be be inexpensive and easily accomplished. Make your home look new by repainting the door, shutters, and trim. Add flowers and other greenery, creating a colorful and fresh look.
Also consider the backyard patio or deck space as a highlighted feature to the house. The outdoor living space can be easily transformed into a functional feature great for entertaining or as a private, relaxing area. This can be achieved by trimming overgrown foliage and adding smaller, colorful plants. For a deck space, make it look brand new by power washing it and repainting the trim. Arrange the patio furniture to create a comfortable, yet open space and use pillows and cushions to give it a pop of color in your garden.
When staging a house, it’s important to the recognize the main goal, getting the potential buyers to see themselves in this house. To accomplish this, you must find the right balance between a blank canvas and a lived in home. Presenting the house as an empty area helps the buyer view the space without potential distractions, yet this blank slate does not help the buyer imagine what they can do to make this place their home. Creating a lived in feeling helps the buyer get a better sense of the potential for this house to make it their own.
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