Staging your home and why you should do it.
Staging Tips from Laura Gaskill from Houzz.com
home can be tricky and pricey if not done correctly. In today’s world, so many
resources are provided to turn these misconceptions around. So many stores are accessible
and provide low cost options that will help a home-buyer see themselves living
in your home and get that house off the market in no time! When it comes to
staging a home there are so many different design techniques so no house will
look the same. From bojo chic to rustic cottage, farmhouse comfort to eclectic industrial
styles the possibilities are endless!
Everyone has a different vision and idea of the way staging a home is supposed to go. Laura Gaskill from Houzz.com interviewed many different staging experts to provide us with eight basic and simple ways to stage your home the right way without spending a fortune.
1. Find the right pros to work with. “I feel the most important thing for homeowners to focus on is choosing a great Realtor to represent them and to properly showcase their property with professional photos and staging suggestion,” says home stager Kelly Gardner in Madison, New Jersey.
4. Tell ugly Goodbye! Gardner has a few quick fixes to rid your house of the unsightly spots. “White towels and a white waffle-weave shower curtain can do wonders to a dated bath. If you have oak kitchen cabinets, paint them white and add quartz or stone counters to help update. Remove dated wallpaper and paint. Take down dusty, dated window treatments. Inexpensive updates can include changing out light fixtures, throw pillow and bed linens. I like a white quilt or duvet for photos.”
Gardner adds that buyers in their mid-20s to mid-30s make up a large part of the market, so “that is the group to capture and market toward,” she says. “They usually like to look of the big-box stores, like Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, so I like to show the homeowners these catalogs to get the feel of this transitional style.” Your realtor can help with identifying your target market.
6. Match your décor to your home’s style and price range. “it is all about creating the right lifestyle for each house. For example, for a high-end penthouse condo, the sofa should be different one than in the one-bedroom condo on the lower-end price,” says Sarikhani.
7. Consider color. When it comes down to the color of exterior, interior walls, pillows, paintings, and even rugs you have to consider what colors photograph well. Also, you want to create a comfortable atmosphere without it looking lazy or outdated so adding pops of color in a white room will draw the eye in and create something memorable to buyer.
wisely. This does not mean you have to go out and buy all new pillows or art
for your home. Declutter and once you have a streamlined look, start adding
back accessories to give the look and lifestyle buyers are looking for.
DeCapua and Moore say, “We use lots of coffee table books, add curated collectibles to bookshelves, toss market baskets onto chairs, hang original art and use only real plants to give buyers the impression that someone actually lives there. Old-school staging style tended toward the sterile and looked a bit more like a big-box furniture showroom.”