First Impressions Are Everything
Not only am I completely passionate about being a Realtor, but I also have discovered that I have a knack for helping my sellers “put their homes together” in a way that they not only will be presentable for sale, but also will attract and draw in potential buyers.
Every detail, no matter how small, is important when staging your home. Buyers want to be able to picture living in the space. When deciding to list your house for sale, remember, you will sell your house faster, and for more money, if you add subtle interior decorating techniques which will make a home buyer visualize each room of your home’s space.
Below are a sampling of tips I recommend for staging your home to help you stand out from the other houses for sale in your area. Home staging is just one of the services I offer my clients, so please let me know if this is something I can do for you and your home.
- You want to entice your buyer to visualize the good life they would live in your space. Set up a board game in the family room or stage a potential garden party in the backyard with margarita glasses and festive linens. You want your buyer to feel like they can sit down and relax in the space.
- Use the “Rule of Three” when redecorating for the sale of your home. Remember, you want your home to look natural and flow. Decorators will tell you that an odd number will give you a good balance. Too much symmetry makes a space look too stale and too cold, basically uninviting. Using an uneven number of items – even items at different heights – gives the space flow and character.
- Keep your buyers focused on the space, not what’s in the space. Do not leave any interesting reading material out for them to browse through, taking their mind off the task at hand. If you choose to display any reading materials, a great idea is to use decorating, gardening or home magazines – material with “bland” topics.
- The master suite is one of the more important spaces in the house. Play the angles of a room and tastefully accessorize the space with stylish, if minimal decorations. Putting furniture at an angle can break up a stagnant room. Spruce up the master bed with decorative pillows.
- The master bath should be a luxurious hideaway enclosed in the master suite. Think about how a luxury bathroom or spa is set up. Take new thick bath towels and display them in the bathroom. Tie the towels on the towel racks with raffia, tulle or thick ribbons. Also place the towels on the edge of the bath with new soap and a loofah on top of them. Clean out your cluttered closets.
- Another very important room is the kitchen. You want the kitchen to feel clean and open. You can do this by removing a lot of the stuff you normally use on your kitchen counters and just have basic decorative pieces such as plants, towels, some canisters, and maybe a cookbook. Clean out and organize your refrigerator, pantry, shelves and drawers; your goal is to have some empty space.