How to Stage Your Bookcase When Selling Your Home.

Reblogger Sharon Tara
Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Preparing your home for sale? It's all about the details.

Buyers are drawn to neat, organized, light and bright spaces. I'm not just talking about the rooms in your house. The storage spaces within each room should be addressed too.

Kitchen cabinets, closets and built-in bookcases that are styled and spacious are not only noticed by potential buyers, they are remembered. Taking the time to prepare these areas makes a big difference....it actually increases the perceived value of your listing!

Here's one of my own favorite bookcase transformations:

 

Kathy Streib wrote a great post with tips for preparing bookcases. Following her tips will make all the shelves in your home show ready!

Original content by Kathy Streib

How to Stage Your Bookcase When Selling Your Home.

If you are selling your home, what you’ve read about staging and preparing it for sale holds true for the shelves and bookcases within it.
staging a shelf

Perception is key. Your buyer needs to see space. As they take in a room, make sure their eyes aren’t bouncing from object to object but rather allow them to see the WHOLE...after all, that is what they are buying.

 

Also, if what you are selling is a built in bookcase, you’ll want them to SEE it...not your things.

 


What you can do to stage your bookcases and shelves...

 

1.Clean them

Remove everything, then give your shelves a good cleaning.  If they’re in need of it, paint them.

2.Just because there’s a flat space doesn’t mean something has to go on it.

Leave space. Not every flat space needs to have something on it.  And if your shelves are adjustable, you can remove a shelf or change the spacing to add interest.

bookshelf

3.For most of the shelves I see, I recommend removing about 75% of what you have on them.

I love living in a home with a bookcase full of books.  When I grew up, it was my favorite place to be.  BUT, when you’re preparing your home for sale, go ahead and pack up most of it.

4.If you can, remove your paperbacks.

They only add to the eye bounce.

5.Consider removing the book covers.   The solid blacks and tans of the covers can give the bookshelf a more cohesive look.

6.Pack up those cute little things you’ve been collecting.

These cause eye-bounce.
 

7. Incorporate a framed photo or art placed next to a few books.

Place some books on their backs next to books that are upright.

8.Think 3’s.

Think about grouping items in 3’s, just as you would on a table.

 

home staging shelf

 

 

First impressions do count when selling your house. And when your buyer leaves, make sure that one of the impressions they take with them is one of space.

 

 Kathy Streib 

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Good morning Sharon, these are all great suggestions. I'm not a fan of bookcases in living areas, especially the ones are filled with hundreds of dusty books or dolls, just because they're there doesn't mean they must be filled.

Feb 27, 2017 06:53 AM #1
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Great reblog...you both have wonderful tips and I love the photos!

Feb 27, 2017 06:57 AM #2
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
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Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

oooooooh, I like that Sharon, good advice. Creating more empty spaces and de-cluttering at the same time. Thank you for sharing this...

Feb 27, 2017 07:00 AM #3
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Beth Atalay  True, they don't need to be filled and most are....filled and then some. The stuff we find on those bookshelves....LOL!

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® Thank you!

Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR  Also, it's a great way to get prepacked and to weed out the stuff you no longer need. Less stuff to bring to the new house!

Feb 27, 2017 08:14 AM #4
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Sharon Tara,  You are right on,  I see so many time the bookcase is full and does not give a good appearance.

 

Feb 27, 2017 09:22 AM #5
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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That is quite a transformation.  It makes a huge difference as well as removing all of those pictures from the wall.

Feb 27, 2017 10:17 AM #6
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Sharon Tara
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Will Hamm  Not a good message to send. You don't want it too look like pack rats live there. LOL

Belinda Spillman  The pictures had to go....but there is a great story behind them. They had pictures of places they wished to go to and pictures of places they had been to. The wishes were black and white and the visited were in color. Such a great idea! (If your home is NOT listed for sale!)

Feb 27, 2017 10:40 AM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Sharon- thank you for the reblog.  I love your before and after photos of the bookcase.  In fact, I had to look twice in the first photo because I completely overlooked it. Your staging showed the sellers just how to highlight this prime piece of real estate. 

Feb 27, 2017 11:14 AM #8
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy Streib You are welcome....a great post that should be shared! I think many people would look at the before pic and not even know there was a bookcase there.

Feb 28, 2017 06:05 AM #9
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Wow, two posts for the price of one click ;). You both demonstrate the benefits of staging shelving when you are selling. That sense of space is so important.

Feb 28, 2017 08:19 AM #10
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent selection for a reblog and great information to share.

Feb 28, 2017 12:26 PM #11
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Sharon

Thank for sharing the tips on staging a bookcase.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 28, 2017 08:04 PM #12
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Janice Ankrett  I'm sure you have some great photos of your bookcase transformations too! 

Roy Kelley  It's important to use photos to illlustrate whenever possible...people relate, as you well know, to powerful photos!

Lou Ludwig  My pleasure to share Kathy's tips!

Mar 01, 2017 09:51 AM #13
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