The 7 Dos and Don’ts of Home Staging

Time and time again, staging a property prior to sale proves to reap its rewards. Bringing in, on average, up to 8% more in profit at its time of sale, a well staged house doesn’t necessarily require the work of a professional, but there are some definite dos and don’ts.

Do: Play up the best features of your home. Whether its crown moldings, vintage tile work, a ton of windows, or beautiful hardwood floors, homeowners want to accentuate those fundamental details that set their home apart from the rest.

Emily Henderson’s newly remodeled bathroom featuring Fire Clay Tile which you can purchase here. image via Fire Clay Tile

Don’t: Forget about curb appeal. Your home’s overall value is profoundly impacted by the general look and feel of its exterior. Don’t have a lawn that needs pruning? This principle can extend to your house’s front door. Simple and inexpensive changes include a paint refresher, updating an existing knob and knocker, laying down a welcome mat, or even adding a wreath or door ornament.

A brass lobster door knocker by Michael Healy, available for purchase here.

Do: Remove clutter. Clear out photographs, unnecessary decor and furniture, and personal mementos that can take up space, make an interior feel smaller, or prevent a potential buyer from visualizing themselves living there.

A simply styled bookshelf that’s free of clutter. Find a similar pair of geode bookends here. image via My Domaine

Don’t: Compose rooms without intention. That spare bedroom that also functions as a home office and workout space needs to be defined. Craft interior spaces with a clear and definitive purpose to spare home buyers the guess work. This includes the thoughtful placement of home accessories which can better illustrate a room’s value.

A strategically placed bench, wall mounted mirror and vase of flowers better demonstrate the purpose of this nook. Find a similar seat here. image via My Domaine

Do: Let in (or bring in) the light. A lack of light can easily make a room feel smaller, so if you’re home falls short when it comes to windows, bring in light sources to compensate. Fixtures that vary in height add dimension to a space’s design, and it’s always a good idea to consider a room’s layout and purposes before adding light sources. A lamp can seamlessly create a defined space within a space, so putting some thought into this is a must.

A newly redone California cool bedroom featuring clear base table lamps that you can find here. image via Amber Interiors

Don’t: Paint your interiors in excessively dark, bold or bright colors. Color preference is entirely subjective, so paint walls in neutrals to appeal to a larger audience.

A neutral toned dining room sets the stage for a relaxing design scheme. image via Home Bunch

Do: Remember that smell affects perception. Rooted in science and psychology, a person’s sense of smell (and what they smell) impacts mood, memory, and emotion. Five great simmer pot options are mentioned in this article on Apartment Therapy.

A fragrant blend of cinnamon sticks, orange slices, rosemary, and cranberries guarantees a great smelling house. image via Brit + Co 

xoxo, True


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