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Staging a home is when you carefully plan and prepare a home for sale. Transforming the residence so it is appealing to a larger group of buyers and not one's specific taste. There are many different tips, tricks, and techniques for staging a house. Below we will go through some DIY tips to help you get your home ready to sell.
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Staging a Home in Minutes
1. Go through your house and remove any unnecessary furniture to help open up each room.
2. Pull furniture away from the wall in certain rooms such as living room to help create more space.
3. Consider replacing old dark curtains with newer, lighter colors to bring more light into the room.
4. When hanging pictures, group smaller, like kind art together.
5. If you have cords and wires showing from TV’s, receivers, lamps or any other electronics. Consider tucking cord's away so they are not visible.
6. When staging a home, you likely hear the word de-personalize. One way to do this is to pack away any family portraits you have around the house.
7. A lot of households have magazine racks that are packed with old editions that never get looked at. Pack them away!
8. If you have a walkway that seems bare consider adding a long narrow rug to fill in the empty space.
9. When hanging art throughout the house, hang the largest artwork on the largest wall.
10. After removing your old magazines, add a nice coffee table book in its place.
11. Remove any extra table leaves and store them away to help make the dining room feel larger.
12. Properly set the dinner table as if you are having guest over for a special occasion.
13. To give the perception of taller ceilings, consider hanging light-colored curtains from the ceiling down to the floor instead just fitting the window.
14. Clean and open blinds to let in more natural light.
15. For the time being, replace low wattage light bulbs with 100 watt light bulbs to brighten up darker rooms.
16. Add more life and color by bringing in different kinds of plants into the house.
17. Add an extra lamp or two to bring in more light in dark areas that are hard to light.
18. Add mirrors for more light and to help give the perception of an open area.
19. Don’t hang art and pictures on every wall. Consider leaving one wall bare.
20. When home staging, wall art should be hung at eye level.
21. Clean and pack away most of the items that are usually stored on your counters
22. One old staging tip is to add a bowl of fruit to bring in more color.
23. Staining or painting dated cabinets can be a time-consuming task but the transformation can be well worth the effort.
24. After updating your dated cabinets, also consider replacing the old knobs and hardware.
25. Another way to de-personalize when staging a house is to remove all of the items from the refrigerator.
26. There are many quick and easy ways now so any homeowner can add a new backsplash to their kitchen to add more personality.
27. Consider replacing that old, dated faucet with a brand new faucet.
28. Loud and bold colors can be a quick turn off for homebuyers. Consider repainting any rooms a more neutral color.
29. One easy way to add more natural light is by simply cleaning all of your windows inside and out.
30. Don’t leave a faucet dripping, Contact a local, licensed plumber to fix any deferred plumbing issues.
37. Organize your closet by hanging clothes in groups and have them facing the same direction.
31. One way to make a room feel more relaxing is to remove TV’s or any other entertainment items.
32. Replace old bedsheets with new, white textured linens.
33. Make a bedroom feel more inviting by properly making the bed and adding new pillows and throw pillows.
34. In smaller bedrooms, it’s hard not to have the bed pushed into the corner. Consider pulling the bed away from the wall to help balance the room.
35. Bookshelves tend to collect more than just dust over the years. Clear out all bookshelves and built-ins.
36. Clean out and pack away half of the stuff in the closet. Homebuyers almost always look into the closets when looking at homes for sale.
38. When cleaning out the closet, replace any un-matching hangers so they all match.
39. Some homeowners have complete sports or princess themed bedrooms. It’s a good idea to transform these rooms into a more neutral bedroom.
40. When transforming a play room over to a neutral bedroom. Clean up and store away most of the toys.
41. Put away toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and any other toiletry items.
42. Add new, white towels to the bathroom. Consider folding towels into thirds to take up less wall space.
43. Remove old, moldy caulk and apply new white caulking around the bathroom.
44. Hide or store away wastebaskets.
45. Add one new bottle of nice hand soap on the bathroom counter.
46. Roll small, light colored hand towels and place in a basket on the counter.
47. Make sure you thoroughly clean around the bathroom. Including bathtub and even behind the toilet.
48. Hang new, white shower curtain or completely clean old one to make it look new again.
49. This is a pet peeve for not only most real estate agents but for some homebuyers. Always keep the toilet seat/lid down.
50. Quiet doors will go un-noticed but a squeaky door will stand out to a homebuyer. Fix any squeaky doors throughout the home.
51. Give the entrance of a home a new look by cleaning and painting the front door.
52. One creative way to add personality to the entrance of a home is by getting creative with new, attractive house numbers.
53. Pack away any shoes or coats by that are usually kept at the front door.
54. Replace that old, worn out Welcome mat with a new one.
55. Make sure all doors not only open and close easy but that they are also easy to lock and unlock as well.
56. If you have pets or if you wear shoes in the house -- chances are that your carpet may need to come extra attention. Give your carpet a deep cleaning.
57. When packing away items don’t just stick them in closets or in corners behind furniture. Get started early and be creative when decluttering your home.
58. Make sure any signs of pets are taken care of so it is not easily noticed by any visitors.
59. Sometimes homebuyers like to randomly check windows. Make sure all windows open and close easily.
60. When cleaning the house before a showing – make sure you clean and dust ceiling fans too.
* 2015 Profile of Home Staging." www.nar.realtor. N.p., 27 Jan. 2015. Web. 23 May 2017.
Nathan Garrett is a local real estate agent in Louisville KY. Creator of the GarrettsRealty.com website. He specializes in Real Estate in Louisville and Oldham County. Questions about buying a home? Send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org