It’s All in the Presentation: A Room-by-Room Guide to Staging Your Home (Part 1)

Getting ready to sell your home? In all the hustle and bustle of packing, listing, and showing, it’s easy to overlook staging. This is a common mistake home sellers make–one which could end up unnecessarily prolonging your home’s time on the market. If you want to sell fast, it’s time to get serious about staging!

The Bathroom

Never, ever fall into the trap of overlooking the bathrooms. Sure, the bathroom is generally considered a utilitarian room, but it’s far more visible and frequently-trafficked than, say, a laundry room. You will need to make sure it’s as clean, comfortable, and inviting as your living room and kitchen. Here’s what you need to do:

Scrub that Tub

Prospective buyers don’t want to see hard water stains, grime, and mysterious discolorations in the place they’ll use to clean and groom themselves. It may require a bit of elbow grease, but this will pay off when open house attendees are greeted with a clean, gleaming bathroom.

Upgrade the Fixtures

One of the quickest and least expensive ways to instantly upgrade your bathroom is to replace minor fixtures. Installing new faucet handles, hardware, and shower heads can breathe fresh life into any bathroom.

Lighten Up

A dimly-lit restroom might be great for fine dining establishments, but it’s not much use to someone who will be shaving, applying makeup, or styling their hair in there on a regular basis. Consider replacing any low-light bulbs with brighter ones to lighten the space up a bit.

The Living Room

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but the living room represents the central gathering and entertaining space. Prospective buyers must be able to picture themselves in this room–any distracting colors or decorative schemes could prevent them from doing so. To help visitors imagine the potential of this important space, consider the following:

Paint Smart

Everyone knows that a fresh coat of paint can instantly liven up a room that has started to feel a bit faded. While a bold crimson or rich green may make for a charming display, a neutral paint color gives prospective buyers a blank slate onto which they can project their own vision and aesthetic sense.

Embrace Wide, Open Spaces

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing when it comes to home staging. Removing a few decorations and furniture pieces can open up your living room, making it appear larger and giving prospective buyers the opportunity to envision their own decor and furnishings in those spaces.

Want to see more home staging tips? In Part 2, we’ll go over how to showcase your kitchen and stage your bedrooms to increase buyer interest. In the meantime, you can take a look at our blog to discover more home buying and selling tips. Check it out!

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