Time to Shine: A Room-by-Room Guide to Staging Your Home (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our room-by-room staging guide, we went over some essential staging tips for the bathrooms and living room. Now, we’ll discuss a few ways to breathe new life into your bedrooms and kitchen. Let’s get started!

The Bedroom

While a bedroom won’t usually see as much traffic as the living room or kitchen will, it’s still a room with significant emotional weight to potential buyers. Many want to see a pleasant, comfortable sleeping space that evokes a sense of safety and peace. Dark, dingy, or dirty bedrooms don’t go over well and must be brought up to buyer expectations if you want to sell fast. Here’s what to do:

Neutralize It

Some bedrooms have been subjected to the unique aesthetic whims of their inhabitants and, as a result, can be themed or designed beyond the point of buyer appeal. Heavily gendered or overdone decor can discourage buyers, who will of course have their own vision for how the room should look. Consider neutralizing the decor with simple furnishings and a coat of neutral-colored paint. This will allow buyers to see the room as they want it, whether that’s as a den, nursery, guest room, or master bedroom.

Shed Some Light on the Subject

As bedrooms tend to be smaller than other rooms, they run the risk of appear too dark and closed-in if not lit properly. To combat this, try to make your bedroom spaces as light and airy as possible. Use sheer or light-colored window coverings or, if you’re short on windows, install natural-light fixtures.

The Kitchen

We’ve finally arrived at the heart of the home! Everyone knows the value of new countertops and appliances, but many sellers tend to overlook the smaller improvements that can go a long way toward swaying buyers. Here are a couple:

No Stain, No Gain

Cabinets looking a bit scuffed, faded, or even outdated? Sure, you could replace them, but if you’re on a budget or short on time, a quick staining job can revitalize the whole look of your kitchen.

Spring for New Hardware

Replacing old cabinet handles, door knobs, and fixtures is one of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to instantly refresh the look of your entire kitchen. Just make sure your new hardware matches your existing kitchen design scheme!

With some creativity, effort, and maybe even a bit of elbow grease, you can take your staging from drab to fab. When it’s all about the presentation, it pays to show off a bit.

If you’re selling a home in Southern California, you need an agent with experience and local knowledge. Want to know more? Let’s chat!

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