Staging your home doesn’t mean you have to break the bank or hire a professional decorator or stager. The trick is to make a few simple adjustments that will make huge differences to potential buyers when they come to take a look at the house during an appointment or an open house. How well your house is staged can be the deciding factor of when you can hire a moving company and head to your new house. Here are some of the most important things you can do to really make a difference.
Clear your home of clutter. Counters should be free of paper or magazine piles, too many knick-knacks or personal mementoes. Less is more when it comes to furniture, as a room can easily feel crowded with too many items, and rooms will look bigger with less furniture. While personal items can add a lived-in feel, other people don’t want to come into their potential new home and see pictures of other children in the frame. By removing your own personal touches, it allows the new people to more easily picture their own lives there. To add a lived-in touch, keep flowers or a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen or on the kitchen table. This will also save you money in moving costs, as you will have less junk to move!
Rearrange your furniture, if necessary. Arrange furniture into groups, centered around a coffee table or as a natural divider between rooms. A common mistake is to push furniture up against the wall, but pulling the couch or armchair a few feet toward the center of the room can make the room look larger and more airy. If the flooring isn’t perfect, you can use furniture and rugs to creatively hide the floor’s imperfections.
Update your lighting. If it’s as simple as replacing bulbs to make sure the room is as well-lit as possible, and brighten up the spaces that are naturally a little darker. The rule of thumb when designing lighting is to have 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Additionally, make the lighting a combination of three types: ambient, task or accent. Ambient light is anything overhead or general lighting, task lights are often pendant lights or under cabinet lighting. Accent light can be lights mounted on the wall or placed on a table. Proper lighting can make all the difference when it comes to houses showing their best.
Add a coat of paint. It’s easy to ignore when we’re busy with everyday life, but many walls would benefit from a touch-up layer of paint or a completely new shade. This can give you a chance to experiment with color, but be careful. Deep tones can make dramatic differences when used on accent walls or used in small areas. White walls can brighten a space, but be aware of your use of color and that the room doesn’t look bland or boring with white walls. Should your house have an open floor plan, paint walls of adjacent rooms the same color. The house will seem larger because the rooms aren’t as broken-up.
Decorate in a thoughtful way. Use odd numbers with anything you put on a surface, whether it’s picture frames or vases, and play with heights, shapes and scale. Add mirrors to the walls to expand the space, and when hanging things on the walls, don’t be afraid to divert from the typical row or square of pictures. An unusual wall decoration will bring attention to the wall space and its possibilities.
After a few hours of planning and rearranging, with maybe a new coat of paint thrown in, your house will be ready for other people to imagine themselves living in it. The new arrangements might even bring some inspiration to how you decorate in your new home.