3 Tips to Give Your Home an Edge When Staging It For Sale
Recently a friend asked me to go with her on a house-hunting trip. They are moving back to town (yea!) and her husband wanted her to get an idea of what kind of homes are available.
There were some that were an immediate no...terrible condition, too much stuff everywhere, not clean, and the cardinal sin when selling your home...it smelled.
However, there were a few that could and should have been placed on my friend's shortlist. We critiqued each on and they hit the hot spots...price, location, condition.
However, something was missing. Something that made we couldn’t put our fingers on at first. What was missing was that element that causes your emotions to say This is home!
If your home is on the market, don’t miss connecting with your buyer’s emotional side!
Here are 3 areas you won’t want to miss…
Living things, like plants and flowers.
And, I don’t mean the plastic ones. If you are living in your house while it is on the market, a tall ficus in the corner can help fill it in and add an accent there.
Adding a small arrangement in your living area will add color and, again, soften the area.
Related to plants are fruit! A large bowl of lemons in the kitchen not only adds color but a soft natural citrus scent.
What to avoid- plastic flowers that are the colors that no flower would ever be. In fact, walk away from plastic flowers.
Carefully placed pictures and artwork elevates a room. Without it, it’s like serving mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving without any gravy. They’re still edible but they don’t look very appealing. Artwork helps to balance a space and is like the bow on a package.
What to avoid- proportion and color should complement the room so make sure that your picture isn’t too large or too small for the space.
You’d be amazed at how many homes I’ve viewed lacked enough lighting to show off a room. Well placed lighting softens and adds warmth to a space.
What to avoid-This is the time to invest in small lamps. Avoid having the only light in a bedroom the overhead light fixture.
Think about the last time you looked at a room or house and shrugged your shoulders and said “That’s nice”...then walked out. That’s exactly what you want to avoid!