Selling Your Home In 2019? Here are our Top 19 Staging Tips
January 9, 2019
Our team at Zemek Design has been helping home owners prepare their homes to compete at the highest potential on the real estate market for over fifteen years. We believe each home has a unique personality and our passion is to highlight the individual style of each space. In order to accomplish this goal we have to start with the basics. Whether you're staging to sell, staging for friends & family coming to town or simply want to enjoy your home even more, these simple tips are a great starting point to help you achieve the full potential of your home.
1. Clear all Spaces Inside and Out
When you're starting the staging process it's important to begin with as little in each room as possible. This is the perfect time to prepare for your move (sooner or later those brown boxes will have to be packed up) or reassess what items no longer serve a purpose in your life. As we grow with our home so do our collections of personal mementos. Being surrounded by reminders of fond memories may help us feel more at home but can be less inviting to potential buyers. The goal is to help those entering your home visualize creating their own memories in each space. Not to be reminded that they are in a stranger's house. Even the not so personal items can turn off someone looking for a new residence. Too many items on counter tops may signal there is not enough storage space for everyday essentials. You may have plenty of square footage and storage space but the more items in a space the smaller it will feel.
This step may seem simple but it is incredibly powerful. With all the different light bulb options out there today it's almost guaranteed we will be in at least one home a week with mismatched bulbs throughout. Many of our clients have purchased the light bulbs in their home when one burns out and think they are all the same. They have been living in the dark. Having bright, consistent lighting in every room of your home will help create an inviting space and assist your online photos stand out. We recommend, 60 watt clear incandescent bulbs for light fixtures, 60 watt soft white incandescent bulbs for lamps with harps and 60 watt flood bulbs for recessed lighting.
3. Clean, Repair & Hide Eye Soars
A large part of clearing out each room and brightening up lighting is the possibility of noticing some imperfections that have slowly started appearing throughout the years. Maybe the plant in corner has left a water mark on a favorite walnut coffee table or after moving an old tired bookshelf you notice there is an awkwardly placed outlet plate.