DIY Home Staging Ideas
To stage or not to stage? That is often a question home sellers ask themselves, and their Realtors®. The idea of staging a home is simple, this is one way to draw in buyer’s attention to the finer qualities and details of your property. By keeping furniture in place and highlighting architectural features, you can help potential buyers imagine rooms for their own use. There are professional home stagers that can make each room have a big wow factor, which depending on your circumstances, can be worth the investment. If you are on a budget, or are short on time however, there are a lot of simple Do-it-yourself home staging ideas which you can use to make your own big impact throughout your home.
First begin with some advice. Talk to your Realtor® about popular staging ideas for the area. There is always some new gimmick or scheme to entice potential buyers to your home. From baking cookies to painting all rooms white, using scented candles or renting furniture, some ideas work, while others do not. Check with which ones your agent has seen as successful and which are ones to avoid.
There are tried and true, easy to do projects with your furniture to help set the stage for potential buyers. A simple, low cost and quick “fix” is to use couch and chair slipcovers to conceal outdated prints or worn furniture. Matching covers will help keep the room looking clean and fresh. If you have a full house, consider removing some furniture. It is ideal to create a flowing pattern of easy movement from room to room. Too many pieces of furniture make for a cluttered space.
There are some visual tricks that can help your rooms feel spacious, yet cozy at the same time. If you live in a home high ceilings of 9’ or more, install vertical blinds or drapes along your windows to create the look of a taller room. While neutral paint colors are ideal, if you have a unique architectural feature on a wall, such as a fireplace with mantle, or built in cabinets, this is one place where color is good. Draw the attention of potential buyers to key features with an accent color. Choose a color that works well with your home overall. Home improvement stores can help color match paints quite well.
Is your kitchen or bathroom outdated, and a remodel out of the question? A quick facelift could be just the thing. Replace hardware, faucets, handles and knobs for a low cost, easy project. A fresh coat of paint can also freshen up these rooms. The simple step of purchasing a new shower curtain and bath or kitchen towels can help towards creating appealing vignettes, or scenes in each room.
creation of a scene in a room tells a story, which is a large part of home staging. The stories are there to help inspire what could be done with a room, or how it may be used. You can take the idea of a vignette further by setting a kitchen table, or bringing in flowers from the garden or adding new bedding and pillows to the master bedroom for example. With décor and furniture flowing together through colors, and highlighting key features in your home, the story told by staging your home can then be translated by a potential buyer into their own story.
These are just some simple steps you can take to stage your home which can help your home get noticed. When you are ready to sell your home, I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.