Home Staging Tips for your Basement

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Home Staging Tips for your Basement

When I do a home staging consultation, I go through the entire house. I open up closets, go in garages and even down in basements. Finished basements are a big selling point for Montgomery County PA home buyers, but not every homeowner has a finished basement. Maybe it was just used for storage or the funds to finish it were never available. No matter what the reason for your unfinished basement, it doesn't mean that you can neglect it when you put your home on the market. Follow these home staging tips for your basement to allow your buyers to see the potential.

Home Staging Tips for your BasmentLight- No one likes to walk into a dark basement. They're creepy and make the mind wander about what's lurking in every hidden corner. That takes away from your buyers experience.  Make sure all the lights in your basement have a bright enough bulb to light the way. If you don't have any installed lights, make sure you purchase some floor lamps to place around your basement. 

Clean- Now that your buyers can see your basement, make sure it's clean! Buyers don't want to bob and weave around cobwebs. Take a broom to all corners, low and high, and clear out any "guests" that have overstayed their welcome. If you use shelving for storage, make sure you dust too.

Organize- Speaking of shelving, if the primary use for your basement was storage, make sure it's organized. Get rid of things you won't need while it's on the market because it will just take up the valuable space that your buyers are looking for. 

Waterproof- If you're willing to put any money into your basement, waterproofing it will be a huge bonus to your potential buyers. Having a dry basement is the first step to having a finished basement. Once you take that step for your buyers, they'll be more inclined to put in the rest of the work. 

A bad basement could be the deal breaker on whether or not buyers purchase your home. Follow these home staging tips for your basement and let your buyers see the potential in your home.

Contact Six Twenty Designs and book your home staging consultation today.

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Suzanne Otto-Six Twenty Designs


Home Staging is a tool every seller should have in their back pocket. Don't lose out on potential buyers by selling your home "as-is".


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Comments (20)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

If it is part of the sale, you need to pay attention to it.....period.

Sep 16, 2014 12:07 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

It would be a shame if buyers passed because the basement was less than desirable. These are great tips for unfinished basements, Suzanne!

Sep 16, 2014 01:09 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

A dry basement is a huge sticking point, in those summer storms so many basements flood, having the one that doesn't is a blessing.  Good points about sprucing up an oft neglected area.

Sep 16, 2014 03:28 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Suzanne, these are great tips for staging basements.  We don't typically have basements in Florida though.

Sep 16, 2014 03:34 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh yes, buyers want to see the basement too. If it has a damp odor, they start to wonder about what is causing it.

Sep 16, 2014 04:53 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Suzanne. Some buyers don't have any vision as to what can be done with an unfinished basement. Many can get finished for great family fun for years to come. Excellent post!

Sep 16, 2014 07:30 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

That's right Roger!

Sellers need to make sure all aspects of their home appeal to buyers Suzanne.

Exactly John.

Thanks Sybil.

That could only spell trouble Larry & Sheila.

That's why it's important to make the most out of it Joe.

Sep 17, 2014 03:04 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Suzanne Otto as much as it is true for rest of the house, it is true of the basement, too -

Get rid of things you won't need while it's on the market because it will just take up the valuable space that your buyers are looking for. 

Sep 21, 2014 12:50 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Might I be able to do a companion piece on my page? Just something of interest.
Sep 21, 2014 01:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This is so true - basements can kill a sale, and many are in nasty shape.  I hate the cobwebs.  In one house, there was a huge hairy spider on the side of the stairwell which we all avoided on our way downstairs but I didn't even want to GO down there.....  I was envisioning the spider jumping on me. Ick.

Sep 21, 2014 08:35 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We have virtually no underground basements in our area (typically they are daylight, walk-out). But your suggestions are spot on (I've personally always been creeped out by dark and dank basements).

Sep 21, 2014 09:36 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Basements are very important in our area.  If a home has one, it needs to be in good condition and staged when necessary.  Good information here.  

Sep 21, 2014 10:08 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

You got it Praful!

Of course Laura Cerrano  :)

Ugh! Kat, see that's when you just say "And down there is the basement. Moving on..."

Sometimes even ground levels need some love Nina.

Here too Amanda & Jared. No one likes a creepy basement, no matter what the buyer intends to use it for.

Sep 21, 2014 10:15 PM
Mercy Colberg
RE/MAX Best Choice - Sappington, MO
Colberg Team RE/MAX Best Choice Listings

Love this post! Why? Because the basement is also an important feature. If it's left alone as a non-entity, it will affect the entire home's appearance. If people can see it as a clean, dry, storage area (and organized to boot) they can imagine their stuff there too - just as much as their couches upstairs!


Sep 22, 2014 12:14 AM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Suzanne -- Excellent tips.  Darkness and walking into spiker webs does not make a good impression.  I have even seen rodent droppings.  Not good.  Clean it up, light it up and organize it.

Sep 22, 2014 03:05 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Great tips, the basement must be a tricky one to stage for sure.

Sep 22, 2014 03:05 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Probably one of the most ignored spaces of a home . . . the lowly basement!  Good post with this Suzanne.

Sep 22, 2014 04:12 AM
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Very important to get all the cobwebs in the corners of the room and in high traffic areas.  Nothing worse than having to pull a bunch of spider webs off you while taking a brief tour of the basement.  

Sep 22, 2014 04:17 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Exactly Mercy! One bad room (basement) can ruin the overall impression of a home!

Barbara, rodent droppings must be the worst. That's a sign there's a bigger problem.

Thanks Kerri!

Carla, basements are kind of like the middle child of homes :)

Agreed Kevin!

Sep 22, 2014 11:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent advice.  Basements and garages are all too often forgotten in the preparation process.  This is why the organized ones really stand out!

Sep 24, 2014 03:42 AM