Last month we shared housekeeping tips to make your place sparkle for the many people traipsing through your home. In this third installment of our three-part series on prepping and staging your Denver home for sale, we take you through the basics of staging your home.
Go Over Your Checklist
In the first installment in this series, we walked you through how to make a checklist for staging your home. Now, go back to your checklist and prioritize what remains. Do your walls still need that new coat of paint? Is your yard cleaned up and trimmed? Decide what are the most important things that still need to be done and start there. It’s okay if not everything gets completed.
Reposition Your Furniture
There is an old trick that says your rooms will feel much larger if your furniture is pulled slightly away from the walls. “Float” your furniture so that it lies about an inch from your walls and your rooms will instantly feel much more open and spacious. It’s also a good idea to group furniture within the middle of rooms. This will give your house a cozy atmosphere while also allowing for traffic to move freely during an open house. Try moving furniture that you may have strictly kept in one room to another room. You might find that changing your furniture is helpful too.
Depersonalize Your Home
Depersonalizing your home is one of the most important steps in staging a house. The magic of depersonalizing lies in its ability to get potential buyers to see themselves in your home. Eliminating personal touches, like family photos and kid’s artwork will help buyers envision themselves living in your home. Your goal is to make them feel like your home could someday become theirs.
Light it Up
A classic trick for making your house more appealing is good lighting. Lighting makes a world of difference when staging your home. Intensify the wattage in your lamps by aiming for a goal of 100 watts per every 50 square feet of space. Make sure you have all three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (cabinet or reading), and accent (table and wall).
Add Pops of Color
Adding a focal point in a room is a good way to draw the buyer’s eye in. Once you have removed all clutter in your home, color accents provide a way to add a pop of life to your rooms without taking away from your home.
If your bathroom is looking a little drab, invest in some colorful drapes and towels to bring some life to the room. Purchase a new bed cover and pillows, add a slipcover to an older couch, and place fresh flowers on the newly uncluttered kitchen counter. These little touches can make a world of difference to potential buyers.
With these helpful tips, your house will be ready for sale in no time. Once you find the perfect buyer, call us at Great Plains Moving for a free estimate. We offer packing, shipping, and storage options, and have been helping people move successfully for over one hundred years.