Home Staging – Putting Your Best House Forward
Home staging is exactly that. Putting your home in the spotlight and making it look irresistible. Professional home stagers do offer services, but some items can easily be done by the home owner. Your real estate agent can give you suggestions for successful home staging. These are some of the basics.
Bye, Bye Clutter
Clutter makes a room seem smaller. By removing it you open up the living space, while at the same time giving prospective buyers a chance to envision how the home would look with their personal belongings scattered about. Standard rule of thumb is to store roughly 25 percent of your furniture, remove about a third of your books and pack away about half of the decorative items you normally have strewn about. You have to pack to move anyway so why not get started? Go through cabinets and cupboards and de-clutter, potential buyers will look.
Remove your collections, family photos and excessive bits of art. Put your make-up and toothbrushes away, don’t let them clutter up the bathroom counter. Do use art accents, minimally, both on the walls, on side tables or on the mantle. Fresh flowers placed about, but not too many, are a nice touch.
Get Friendly Opinions
We tend to get used to our clutter. It may not even seem like clutter to us. The best thing to do is to have a friend or two over that will give you honest opinions on your décor. Your friends can also give you a heads up if you have a problem with pet or other odors, no matter how slight.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Give your home a thorough once over. That means no spec of dust will be left unturned, no bit of glass will have a smudge and no carpet will have the slightest speck of dirt. If carpets are especially bad or you have pets, consider replacing them. A professional carpet cleaner can often do wonders with even horribly stained carpets. For that matter, hiring a professional cleaning service ensures your home will sparkle. It’s worth the investment because a clean home is easier to sell.