The Top 3 Staging Items to Purchase - Home Staging Minneapolis

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Most people associate Home Staging with the dreaded 'D' word. Declutter! They think that a Home Stager will come in and tell them what they need to take out and remove.

That is part of it but most of my home staging consultations also include tips for the homeowner of items to purchase to make the home shine a little brighter. There are three top items I seem to always be recommending. These three things are not updates to the house or upgrades. They are items that you can take with you when the home sells.

1. New Towels

New towels are the best way to freshen up a bathroom. You know when you  buy them and they are all soft and fluffy before you wash them a few times? That's what you want hanging on your towel bars.



They will become your 'pretend' towels that will only be hung for photos and for showings. Don't wash them and don't use them until your house sells. Then pack them up and take them to your new house because who can't use new towels!


2. Lamps

No one likes a dark house. Even if your home has a ton of natural light or many recessed lights, table lamps on end tables and nightstands warm up the space and makes it feel more cozy.



Be sure to turn on all your lights whenever possible when you have showings, even if it is a bright sunny day. And get to take them with you when you move!


3. Throw Pillows

Most sofas are a neutral color like brown or tan. These aren't colors that photograph into a great statement for your MLS photos. By adding throw pillows you add color, pattern and texture to a room. It's also a perfect way to make a tired looking sofa look more alive!



This applies to beds as well. A bed shouldn't be just a comforter or bedspread with bed pillows. It too needs some interest and throw pillows are an inexpensive way to do so. This is most important in the Master Bedroom. A queen size bed should have three pillows (two matching and one accent in front) and a King bed may need as many as five but it does depend on the size of the pillows used.



Take a look around your home and see if these three things may help to make your home show better to both the camera and the buyers walking in your door. A professional Home Stager will be able to give you specific guidance as to color, lamp size and the number needed.

And remember......these items are not a sunk cost as you get to take them with you to use in your new house!





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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Mmmm...let there be light for sure....and it's the little things..towels and pillows that often say "welcome home" to buyers.

Aug 28, 2018 07:04 AM #1
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Hmm can you come to my house?  I need some new throw pillows for sure.

Aug 28, 2018 07:17 AM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great information and I am a firm believer in getting a home stage by a pro like you.


Aug 28, 2018 07:17 AM #3
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Beautiful pictures and wonderful examples of staging. Thank you for sharing. 

Aug 28, 2018 10:27 AM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Shar such good tips. Just a few itemes can turn a dull room in to a WOW room!

Aug 28, 2018 12:34 PM #5
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Keep reminding them not to use those towels . . .!  If they are good quality, it will be a treat after the sale.

Aug 28, 2018 01:01 PM #6
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

THis is a great post filled with so many wonderful ideas. I am so glad to find this on active rain 

Aug 28, 2018 05:26 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Shar Sitter ,

I love this well deserved featured post! Such great tips all that make such a difference in how a home shows! Great suggestions that make a difference.

Aug 28, 2018 06:29 PM #8
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You can take this quality input and apply it or hire the author & reap rewards

Aug 28, 2018 06:37 PM #9
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

These are perfect tips of small things that can help sell a home!

Aug 29, 2018 03:47 AM #10
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Awesome suggestions - thanks for sharing!

Aug 29, 2018 05:02 AM #11
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Lamps are a must, especially if by some chance a room does not have caned overhead lights. 

Aug 30, 2018 01:14 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well the photos certainly help make your key points here about staging. Sometimes it's all about the simple things that can make such a big impact.


Aug 31, 2018 07:57 AM #13
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