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Selling Your Home? Stage These First!


People who are in the market for a new home are notoriously picky, so when you’re looking to sell it’s hugely important for you to create a great first impression. Staging the rooms in your home well will make it easier for prospective buyers to see themselves and their family living in the home, and ultimately come to a decision. Here are the three most important rooms to work on.

Living Room

This is where families come together, and where a lot of us spend the bulk of our free time. Naturally, potential buyers will want to know that their families can be comfortable there. They’ll probably also want to get an idea of entertaining guests and being able to place the TV in a good position. When the space is totally empty, or there’s clutter lying around, it can be very difficult to gauge the space visually. Try and stage the living room so that it looks like it’s been designed for conversation and entertainment. Try to keep any kind of accessories to a minimum, but be sure to include some. A coffee table with a flower arrangement, a stack of coasters, or a few books is usually an attractive feature.

Kitchen

 

Because you probably don’t have a lot of furniture here, you may think that you don’t need to worry about staging the kitchen. This is wrong! The kitchen, as we’ve heard from interior design blogs again and again, is the heart of the home, and the way you’ve presented it is going to have a tremendous impact on how likely you are to close that sale. This is why smart sellers make a point of sprucing it up with things like new cabinetry and quartz countertops. When staging the kitchen, try to remove as much clutter as possible, and only leave a few appliances on the countertops (no more than three!). Like the lounge, you should leave one or two accessories to make the home look like it’s actually being used as one. A tasteful, ceramic pot marked “coffee” is a nice, universally pleasing touch. An open cookbook can also make the kitchen appear and feel more homely, as can a bowl of fruit on one of the surfaces.

Master Bedroom

After the lounge, this is probably where most of us spend the largest proportion of our free time, so it’s important to make the vibe here relaxing and cozy. This should start with a thorough decluttering, and making sure that all the clothing you leave in the room are neatly hung or folded. You can make the bed appear even more welcoming with a few throw pillows, freshly washed and made linens, and maybe even an extra blanket draped over the foot of the bed. Aside from a table lamp on the nightstand (turned on) I’d keep any other décor to a minimum. The bedroom is the one sure place where we can come to enjoy privacy, and if you leave in too many personal items it can throw potential buyers off.


Samantha hails from Virginia and is a proud wife to a retired Deputy Sheriff and mother to two amazing little boys named Jack & William. A veteran product reviewer; Samantha has been reviewing products for 8 years and offers high quality product reviews with original photography.

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