"Make Your Home Look Like a Million Bucks"
Secrets of Home Staging
Highlight your home's strengths, downplay its weaknesses.
Appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging tips.
Consider Staging Your Home
Remember the last time you visited a high-end furniture showroom or a new model home with its gorgeous living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms? That’s staging.
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, staged homes sell 49% faster and for 7-11% more money. In fact, you can expect nearly half of the buyers to be positively impacted if your home is staged. You can hire a professional stager, follow some basic tips yourself or talk to your agent about staging your home.
Staged Homes Sell 49% faster for 7%-11% More Money!
How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale
Attract buyers with a kitchen that’s clean, bright and welcoming. No expensive overhaul required
A major kitchen overhaul can cost a huge amount of money; money you probably will not fully recoup when you sell. Instead of going for a full-on remodel, consider what small changes you can make to update your kitchen. Paint rather than replace cabinets, swap out hardware and roll out a rug. If the appliances are extremely out-of-date and you decide to replace them, don’t feel pressured to go super high end. A clean, fresh, bright kitchen that makes the most of the space will attract buyers and does not need to cost an arm and a leg.
Here Are 15 Tips To Prep Your Kitchen Before You Sell Your Home
Know your goals. Stage your kitchen with purpose by getting clear on your goals right from the start. A successfully staged kitchen:
- Looks, feels and smells clean and fresh
- Looks and feels spacious and light. There’s plenty of room inside cupboards and closets.
- Is tasteful and good looking - there are no glaringly bad or out-of-date features
- Looks welcoming... it’s easy to envision using and enjoying the space
- Shows signs of life but is not messy
1. Have your kitchen professionally cleaned. Having a pro thoroughly clean your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make when preparing your home to sell. Yes, you could clean it yourself, but would it really look as good? A sparkling-clean kitchen is one that looks its best.
2. Be hyperaware of odors. Make sure all garbage, recycling and pet-related items are removed before showing your home, and take the time to clean inside and under the containers themselves. Run a lemon down your garbage disposal. Nothing turns off a potential buyer faster than a bad smell.
3. Consider fresh paint. Aside from cleaning, painting will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Give your kitchen a new coat of paint in a hue that works with the color of your counters and cabinets When in doubt, go with crisp white. Even if your kitchen was recently painted, take a close look at the walls and ceiling and touch up any imperfections, even tiny ones.
4. Keep windows clean and clear. Clean the kitchen windows, inside and out. If you have heavy window coverings, consider removing them or at the very least, be sure window coverings are completely open when you show your home.
5. Clear the counters. A toaster and coffeemaker are just about the only things to consider leaving out on the counters. Put everything else out of sight.
6. Organize inside cupboards. Guess what...Potential buyers will be looking inside your cupboards. If your cupboards are overstuffed, that gives the impression that there isn’t enough storage space in your kitchen. Remove excess stuff, mismatched items and anything that simply does not look good. If you still need to use these things, keep them in a box hidden on a high shelf in a closet during showings.
7. Organize the pantry. Pare back the contents of your pantry until you have some open space on each shelf. Organize what’s left into a set of matching food storage containers or open baskets. This may mean removing a bunch of food - just remember that a staged kitchen is not necessarily a practical kitchen! As with items from your cupboards, keep extra pantry goods in a box out of sight during showings if you must.
8. People have a sort of love-hate relationship with open shelving. It can look great, but it can also be a challenge to keep neat. If you have open shelving in your kitchen, your goal should be to show people how it can be useful and look great. Leave some open space on each shelf, and display only matching sets of everyday dishes. You can’t go wrong with a set of white dishes and clear glasses.
9. Set fancy hand and dish soap on a tray. Get rid of the gross old sponges and goopy dish soap containers, and replace them with nice-looking dish soap, hand soap and lotion, all on a neat little tray.
10. Make the faucet shine. A pretty, gleaming faucet makes a good impression. And be sure to fix any leaks while you’re at it.
11. Accessorise the stovetop. A pretty pot or tea kettle on the stovetop is a welcoming touch. Just be sure the one you choose is in perfect condition- no scratched-up old pans.
12. Add new tea towels. Brand- new tea towels should be a must on any kitchen staging shopping list. They are a great, cost-effective way to add a splash of color and pattern, especially to white kitchens that can come across as bland.
13. Set out fresh fruit. Anything perfectly ripe and beautiful is fair game. Choose a pretty fruit bowl or set your fruit on a cake plate.
14. Bring in fresh flowers or greenery. Like a fruit bowl, freshly cut flowers, branches or potted herbs will bring life and cheer to your kitchen. You don’t need to spend a fortune on fruit and flowers, though. Cheap and cheerful daisy-like flowers are plunked in a glass mason jar, and a row of lemons sits on a plain white platter. The arrangement is easy and inexpensive but looks great.
15. Stack your nicest cookbooks. Cookbooks are accessories that make a kitchen look appealing and useful. But do edit your cookbook collection — keep just one shelf’s worth and make sure each book is in good shape. If you don’t have a shelf, a small stack of cookbooks on the counter will work, too.
Tips To Stage Your Bedroom
We spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, which is why the bedroom is one of the most important spaces in any home. Quality bedding that promotes a good night's sleep is a must.
Optimistic colour and modernist design . Bedding is "the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you see when you go to bed. Make the room inviting. Potential buyers see this too!
Staging the Bathroom
Staging the bathroom for sale can often make the difference between a sale or a rejection of your home in the real estate marketplace.
Home buyers will be looking for at least one bathroom in the house with plenty of room where they can relax, pamper themselves, and take long soaks in the bathtub.
The spa-like look is still very much desired and isn't hard to create, even in a small bathroom. It’s all about cleanliness, light, color, texture, and accessories.
When your bathroom is declutter, clean, and all repairs have been made, you are ready for this last step in the home staging process.
Arrange your towels artfully on the towel rack by folding a bath towel lengthwise into thirds. This keeps the edges from showing. Hang a hand towel over it in the same color, a coordinating or accent color. Wrap a piece of raffia or ribbon loosely around the towels to make them look special. Wrapping the towels will keep the family from using them.
Hang a towel folded into thirds and drape over the edge of the bathtub. Layer a folded washrag on the towel, then place a beautifully wrapped bar of luxury soap on top.
The Master Bath
Create a Spa-Like Ambience
When Home Staging The Master Bathroom
- Paint walls with a semi-gloss paint in pale neutral colors like; aqua, turquoise, sage, cream, tan, warm pale yellow, or white. See interior colors for home staging.
- Painting all the trim and doors white will freshen the space and add a contemporary look.
- Decorate the bathroom with crisp white towels and a white fabric shower curtain.
- Roll towels and display on bamboo mats or in baskets or wooden bowls. Rolled towels make a bathroom look elegant.
- If you have room, place a comfortable chair in the bathroom to give a sense of relaxation.
- Fill a basket with sea sponges, bath brushes, and bath salts and set by the bathtub or corner of the vanity. Fill tall clear jars with cotton pads and Q-tips.
Bathroom Linen Cabinets
Explore your options for bathroom linen cabinets, and get ready to install an efficient and attractive storage option in your bath space.
Bathroom linen cabinets can provide an efficient and attractive storage option for your bath space, as well as offering a natural space for guest accessories and amenities.
Your style options for bathroom linen cabinets are just about unlimited, so when choosing the design that's right for you, you'll want to consider whether you want to match your bathroom design, or use the linen cabinet as a way to express a more eclectic flair. If so, consider an unfinished cabinet you can finish or paint in a bold, striking style or color. The cabinet is a utilitarian, efficient piece, but it can still be a fun way to express your personal style.
Conversely, if you want to ensure the cabinet matches the bathroom style, materials are likely to be one of the main considerations. For more traditional bathroom, wooden linen cabinets are more common, whereas contemporary or modern bathrooms may be more likely to feature sleek, modern laminate or even metal cabinets.
A linen cabinet will do wonders to keep your towels and other bath accessories close at hand, but consider devoting a shelf or two to extra accessories for guests to use. They'll be extremely pleased to learn that anything they accidentally left at home (or had to begrudgingly toss in the airport security bin) is courteously waiting
Create a Balanced Space
To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.
Tip: If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.
I would be happy to help give you a few staging tips & ideas.
Call me anytime… Mary Nash 902.476.8485
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