How to Stage Your Northern FL Historic Home for Sale

Real Estate Agent with First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty

Are you thinking of selling your historic home?


When it comes to selling, you know that your property needs to be as clean, clutter-free, and in as good condition as possible, inside out. Aside from making your historic home aesthetically pleasing, you can take it to the next level by having it professionally staged.


Showcasing your home is necessary since you are competing for a smaller number of potential buyers looking for historic homes for sale in Northern FL.


Staging a historic home can be more challenging than staging a traditional home. It requires a unique level of attention to detail.


In places where period homes are common, buyers are likely to be attracted to the area’s charm and history. That’s why it is especially important to make the right decisions when it comes to staging.


The goal of staging is to maximize the appeal of the property to the largest pool of buyers.


The same is true even when applied to a historic home. However, the techniques and furnishings used in historic homes may vary from most staging work.


Here are some staging techniques that work best with historic homes:


Keep it classic with colors


Paint can change the look of any room. If you need to paint the walls of your home, choose a color from a period-inspired palette. Keep in mind that historic home buyers are usually not the type to appreciate neon accent walls.


Make sure to choose colors appropriate for the time period of the house. You may use bolder historical colors to highlight details such as moldings. You can also do a bit of research to see which paint colors would have been used when your home was built.


Clean the clutter


Historic homes tend to have a lot of clutter since owners of historic houses tend to be collectors.  No matter how much you adore your collections, you have to put them away before prospective buyers come for showings.


If a room has so much clutter, it will be difficult for buyers to envision furniture arrangement or get a good feel for the room.


Historic properties in Northern FL- It is important to stage your historic home right to garner attention.



Buyers looking for Northern FL historic homes will not expect your property to be filled with period pieces. Many historic homes have a mix of furniture that is transitional. While there are a few pieces that represent history, there are also normal modern pieces of furniture that are usable.


Showcase your assets- Emphasis on Architecture


Most of the time, classic architecture and period details are what draw buyers to historic homes. These people are interested in your home for its charm, character, and preserved original details.


In fact, these architectural treasures tell the story of the home and give it the romantic feel buyers are looking for. Make sure these details aren’t overshadowed by ornate decor.


Are you ready to sell your historic home? Let’s make it happen!


I am Janie Coffey, your top real estate agent in Northern Florida. I have been in the industry for over 25 years and  I understand the concerns specific to historic properties.


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Call me today at 904-525-1008.  I can make things easier for you whether you are buying or selling a home.



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Comments (1)

Jeri & Henri Gutner
Realty One Group Legacy - Doylestown, PA

Nice looking home, good luck with it. Hope you sell it soon.

Dec 06, 2017 08:02 PM
Janie Coffey

Jeri & Henri Gutner Thank you! 

Dec 08, 2017 07:56 AM