Home Staging Tips...Set the Mood
If your home is on the market you’ve probably been told by your agent, neighbors, and everyone else you know what to do. “Clean...paint...pack up your stuff…”
Of course, they’re absolutely right! But once you’ve edited your treasures and cleaned like the Queen was visiting...once you’ve painted the walls a buyer-friendly color and finally taken care of all of the repairs that you had put off for years...there’s one more thing you can do to help your buyers see your home as their new home-to-be.
Set the mood!
Buying a home isn’t just about the cost per square foot. Emotion always enters a sale. Here are 4 tips that will help you set the mood for your buyer…
1. Use lighting to enhance your space.
As a home stager what I’ve seen too often if inadequate lighting in homes.
The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure that every light in your house is turned on when it is being shown.
The last thing you’ll want your buyers and their agents doing is running around trying to flip on a light to see the room.
Bedrooms-These are notorious for being dark. If all you have in your bedroom is the overhead light, head to your local home store and purchase lamps for your nightstands and dresser.
Kitchen-if your lighting is harsh or cold (a blue-white) you can soften it by adding small lamps on your counters to give the room a more cozy feeling.
2. Get help from Mother Nature
And no, I’m not talking about those plastic or paper arrangements. You can add a large bowl of lemons in your kitchen that will add color, texture, and a fresh scent.
Phalaenopsis orchid blooms can last a long time and add elegance to your bathrooms.
And don’t forget that green is good as well. Talk to your local nursery about plants that will not take a lot of care!
3. Cater to one of our strongest senses...Smell
You don’t want your buyer turning away as soon as they walk through the door but you won’t want to overwhelm them with heavy scents either. The best scent is clean.
Baking cookies and burning candles can be old school and cause a buyer to wonder what you’re covering up. And you’d never want to leave a burning candle unattended anyway!
Diffusers with a soft scent are safer and not as in-your-face.
4. Hints of the season
There’s nothing wrong with employing simple seasonal hints to set a mood. You can fill an apothecary jar with pine cones or candy corn. Try arranging small pumpkins on a tray in the entry. And of course, nothing says Fall like a bowl of apples.
Creating a mood can help your potential buyers see and experience the possibilities of your house.
Need some help? Contact your local Home Staging professional!