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Secrets of a Home Stager

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM

THE NEW AMERICAN HOME 2016

When you want to sell your home quickly and for the best price you can get, staging your home can do wonders. The right furniture and décor can transform the space to the point that you might forget why you wanted to sell your house in the first place.

Here we reveal a few of the secrets pro stagers use to set a space apart.

De-clutter. You want the house to look lived in but not so much so that buyers can’t imagine their own lives in it because your stuff is taking up too much space.

Give every room a clear purpose. Arrange furnishings so that the space is defined and buyers know what it’s for. A breakfast nook should look like a breakfast nook. A formal dining area should feel like a formal eating space.

Group furniture so that’s it’s away from the wall in little intimate gatherings. It opens up the space and makes it feel appropriately used rather than wandering. Be sure to clearly define traffic patterns in the room.

Build furniture groupings and décor around a focal point that highlights the best features of a room. If you have a fireplace or picture window, let that be the center and add décor that enhances it.

Get out of the box with furniture. Living room furniture doesn’t have to stay in the living room. It might be great in the master bedroom suite. Arrange and rearrange until things feel fresh but well matched.

Transform catch-all rooms into a bonus room. If you have a room that ends up collecting all the stuff that doesn’t have a place, give it a good tidying and a purpose. A yoga room, craft room, or reading nook will make your home stand out in the minds of buyers.

The right lighting makes a big difference. Be sure you have three forms of lighting in each room: general, task, and accent. Brighten things up by putting in bulbs with higher wattage and add some white throw pillows and such to capitalize on the light you do have.

Make a space seem bigger by continuing colors from one room to the next. Paint the walls the same color as the drapery. Keep furniture, size of tile, and accents in proportion to the size of the room.

Vary the height at which you hang things on the wall. It introduces freshness and creates interest. Plus it draws the eye into more of the room than hanging art in the traditional manner.

Accessorize in groups of odd numbers, especially three. Make sure groups of accessories harmonize at some level: texture, shape, color, etc.

Fresh flowers and greenery is a hallmark of the staged home. Some simple blooms from your yard or some interesting greenery is far less expensive than arrangements and has the same effect.

Tidy up storage spaces like closets and cupboards. Potential buyers will look into these spaces anyway so why not show them off? Storage is usually high on the list of wishes for home buyers.

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