When it’s time to sell your home, the question of how to present or “stage” the rooms is an important one. Staging helps sell homes. Yet most people live with their personality in every room. Inherited furniture, favorite artworks, and a lifetime of collected items make the space their own.
While decluttering is one of the first things a Realtor may suggest you do before putting your home on the market, knowing what to do beyond that may be more of a challenge. Here’s a few best practices for staging your home using your own belongings:
Avoid Big Prints
Prints can be overwhelming, and the larger the object, the more distracting it becomes. The floral print couch may have followed you through the last three residences, but those big blossoms may be distracting for someone looking at your home. A bright and bold wallpaper can have the same effect, overwhelming the other details of a room.
Exception to the Rule: Small pops of bold pattern, like in throw pillows and side chairs, can help add some excitement to a neutral palette. While it’s a good idea to avoid anything too harsh on the eyes, you also want a little pizzazz.
Oversized Furniture Isn’t Always A Good Idea
The comfort of an oversized piece of furniture is great for use, but not necessarily for the visual of the room. The California King sleigh bed in the master bedroom might be blissful to sleep in, but could make the room appear tiny to a buyer. Consider renting a simple full or queen bed to allow space for side tables, dressers, or perhaps a small vanity for display. This goes for living rooms as well. The giant sectional couch is great for family hangout time, but may limit a buyer’s vision for the room and seem overwhelming. Give visitors ways to access windows and maneuver around sitting areas. It will make your home feel larger and less oppressive.
Exception to the Rule: A little bit of decadence can be helpful in truly large spaces. If a home has a master suite that bedroom furniture and a recreational area are still struggling to fill, there’s nothing quite like a comfortable chaise lounge or elaborate bed frame to fill the visual space. High ceilings can also occasionally demand tall furniture to draw the eye upwards. If you’re feeling a room is too empty, ask your Realtor or a designer how you might jazz it up.
Try To Not Use Furniture That Shows Its Age
Like most trends, some styles of décor fall in and out of favor over the years. Perhaps you have heirloom furniture, or you simply haven’t replaced furnishings in a while. While having pieces from different eras is not a deal breaker in staging, it is important to make sure that the room doesn’t feel like there’s a “theme” to it. The more purposefully themed the room is, the harder it is for buyers to see past it and truly consider the space.
Exception to the Rule: Simple wooden furniture is expected to make a strong comeback in 2017 décor trends, meaning antique and vintage pieces are in for staging furniture. If you’ve been hiding one in the garage or under a covering, now might be the time to get it out and showcase it.
Staging the “Spare Room”
Maybe you have a catch-all room in the house. Whether this acts as a craft room, a game spot, or an occasional office, it’s important to make it clear what the room’s purpose is. While you may have no use for it as the current owner, your prospective buyers are looking for value in the room. Staging the room as a bedroom or a home office will serve you better than showing the room as a storage spot.
Exception to the Rule: If you don’t have the furniture available to outfit a spare room, it may be worthwhile to allow it to remain empty for the duration of your house showings. If you’re engaged with a staging company to help supplement the staging furniture you have available, you can work around this, but ultimately a functional space is more important than showcasing your project storage or wardrobe room.
Ask Questions If You’re Not Sure
Nobody expects you to be a staging expert, despite all the shows on HGTV. While many people are able to prepare their home for showings, it’s very common to have questions. Your Realtor and the vendors they work with should be able to help recognize good work, problem spots, and suggestions that will help with photos, open houses, and appealing to buyers. If you’re thinking about selling your home in Southern California, the Shannon Jones Team is happy to help.