Staging Tips for Sellers

Create a Balanced Space

To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. Tip: If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.

Don’t Overcrowd Rooms

Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture that is too large for the space; it will only make the room appear small and cramped. However, don’t leave a room too barren either. In a narrow space, shelves can add depth to make a room feel larger. Tip: Paint the backs of the shelves the same color as the walls to create an illusion of depth. When dressing a window, remember designer Monica Pedersen’s formula for balance: For a large window in a large room, use large-patterned window treatments. A small pattern tends to disappear in a large room.

Repurpose Your Resources

Salvage old materials to save money. Always look for ways to repurpose old junk. You can turn strips of hardwood flooring into a fence, cut down pieces of old laminate countertops to make shelves and make headboards out of just about anything, including old doors.

Create Serene Bedrooms

Create a relaxing setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential homebuyer want to sit back and relax. Tip: If you don’t have the money to buy a new bed, just get the frame then buy an inexpensive air mattress and dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding.

Make Awkward Spaces Functional

Make the most of an awkward space by giving it a function. The slanted ceilings in this attic bedroom created a hideaway nook with no real purpose. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, the area has immediately turned into a private office. This new space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember.

Update With Paint

Be sure to set out a floor plan with the dimensions of each room so buyers can see exactly what they’re getting. This will also allow them to envision their furniture in the space. If your doors and casing look old and outdated, give them a fresh coat of sparkling white paint. It will make your whole house look cleaner and more contemporary.

Build a Memorable First Impression

Open stairways and foyers need to draw buyers up and in. Clear out the clutter and add a little color. Get rid of shabby apartment-grade window blinds; new window treatments are an easy and inexpensive fix that can change a room dramatically. Myth Buster: Floor-to-ceiling mirrors do not make a room look bigger — they only make a room look outdated. Tip: Evidence of pets is a turnoff to many buyers, so keep your critters under wraps.

Update Outdated Bathrooms

Consider having tacky, outdated bathroom tile reglazed. It costs much less than replacements and can make your bathroom look brand new. Tip: To remove mold from grout, try a simple solution of bleach and water. If that doesn’t work, try staining the grout.

Disband the Clutter

Real estate agents say they often catch house hunters opening bathroom cabinets. So, disband the clutter and clean out your cabinets. You want to show buyers storage, not a lack of storage. Storage sells houses — it always ranks high on a buyer’s priority list.

Remove Personal Photos

People can be very photogenic, but many clients are distracted by portraits of the sellers, and miss out on key selling points of the home. As an amateur photographer, I love displaying my work, but if I’m selling my house, art will be displayed without people in it. No matter how nice the display, personal photos are just that: too personal.

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