You’ve cleaned, painted, and organized. The house is on the market and you are ready to start showing it. Your home has inviting curb appeal and the front door is ready to welcome prospective buyers into their future home. In they step. Here are some low cost staging tips and tricks that could differentiate your home from the house down the street.
Lights, fans, and windows
Make sure the lights and ceiling fans are on in all the rooms. Make sure all bulbs work. If you don’t want to have the ceiling fans on – make sure they are dusted. You should have all the curtains, blinds, or other window treatments open.
Put away your every day kitchen towels and pot holders. Purchase new items that you put out during showings. Every day clutter on counter tops must be put away. You can have a small plant or fresh flowers n the counter top. Set your table with place mats that coordinate with your kitchen colors. Keep it simple. Put away your throw rugs during showings. Sink must be completely spotless. If you had fish last night – run the dishwasher – it will be opened. Take the garbage out.
Again, like in the kitchen, have a set of “show” towels. Bath mats and rugs should be off the floor. Medicine cabinet should be clean and orderly. Counter tops and sink without any toothpaste drippings, etc. Check that the toilet has been flushed. If you have a window in the bathroom place a small decorative item in it. If you use a shower curtain make sure to buy a new liner when you put the house on the market. Open the shower curtain so prospective buyers can see in and know it’s clean.
Organize and arrange pillows. Create a vignette (here or in any room or area) by placing an open book with some reading glasses on it in a cozy corner chair. Place interesting magazines and/or books on the coffee table in an interesting configuration. Place a beautiful colored throw over the back or corner of the couch or chair.
Pictures and other personal items
It’s important to remove excessive amounts of personal items like family photos. This includes all refrigerator art as well. This way prospective buyers can start to envision their belongings in the space.
For ideas of neutral accessories for staging see the attached slide show. All items are from Pier 1 Import.
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Additional information on staging
- Smells are an important part of staging a house
- Curb Appeal
- A Welcoming front door