Staging Tips for Real Estate Success
Staging is a valuable marketing tool and any broker worth hiring will make some staging recommendations from decluttering to furniture rental. Read on to check out these 10 tips from Agent Joel Moss and Samantha Rose Frith of Warburg Realty about how to stage your home or apartment when you're on a budget.
1. Pre-pack. You’ll be moving out at some point so why not reap the benefit of a quicker sale and higher sales price by doing it now. For some this might mean packing away some personal items like photos, books, collectibles but it might also mean a few pieces of furniture, clothing and dishes.
2. Paint. Staging is different from decorating. Dark red walls might be a beautiful choice for your foyer but you want to appeal to the masses so go with a light, neutral palette. It will give the entire home a bright, clean look.
3. Make small repairs. Fix the leaky faucet and closet door. Don’t give buyers a reason to underbid your property. They’ll start looking for reasons to do so the minute they walk in the door.
4. Rearrange and pare down the furniture. Too much furniture in a room will make it feel cramped and small. Store any pieces that make a room feel closed off or if something has become a bit shabby.
5. Brighten it up. Light any dark rooms and replace light bulbs so they give off warm light.
6. Clear counter tops and shelves. Uncluttered surfaces help to put people at ease. Tuck small appliances away and clear your shelves of knick-knacks.
7. Designate a place for toiletries that is out of sight. Put your toothbrush in the medicine chest and put your hair dryer away. Buy some nice bins to keep everything neat and organized.
8. Use new linens and towels. Neutral and light colors for duvets and bedspreads. Clean, fluffy towels in the bathroom and a new bath mat.
9. Wash the windows. An easy way to brighten up your home or apartment is to give it a good grim-free clean.
10. Plants and flowers. Plants help finish off any room but make sure they are healthy. Replace them if they have seen better days. Fresh cut flowers are a nice addition too for open houses and photos.