Not sure where to start?
Confused about what you need to do to attract a buyer?
Worried about the competition and how much money you’ll spend?
And how much time you’ll devote?
If that sounds like you, relax. You’re normal! Depending on the condition of your home, its price and your market, staging can happen in a day, a year, or anything in between. And the budget for time and money can range from minimal to frightening.
But one thing is certain. If you concentrate on the following simple projects, your home will look like it’s had a beauty makeover, even if you don’t tackle any major projects.
- To emphasize a fireplace, stage the mantel with items that introduce a new color to the room.
- When the view is special, window treatments that add color will pull the eye in that direction.
- A gorgeous entry way deserves some special artwork or colorful furniture.
- Strong colors on outdoor furniture will show off your home’s outside living space.
- A colorful headboard will add focus to a bedroom that lacks architectural interest.
It sounds boring, but trust me, your home will look bigger, cleaner and newer with totally coordinated colors.
This use of a simple and consistent color palette is especially important to problematic floor plans, where rooms may seem to be isolated or cramped
- Spray paint lamp bases, vases, and other small accessories that don’t fit your new and improved color scheme.
- Recover pillows that need a color switch.
- Paint all interior walls the same color.
- Use slipcovers to make upholstered pieces match.
- Paint or recover upholstered pieces. Yes, it’s possible.
- Re-paint furniture that’s already painted, converting it to one of your chosen colors.
Here some examples of ways to promote location.
- Hang a poster on the wall that advertises a local event or destination such as the annual art festival or an historic site in town.
- Display tennis rackets or golf clubs in the family room to emphasize the nearby community courts or golf course.
- Add coffee table books about your city, town, neighborhood or area of the country.
- Landscape to emphasize your environment, like flowers, shrubs, hardscape and even garden art that is special or indigenous to your area.
Here are suggestions for supersizing.
- Remove small area rugs unless essential to keep outside dirt from entering your home.
- Clear countertops and stage with big, decorative items. Hide the unsexy things inside pretty things.
- Replace small lamps and other necessary furnishings with simple, larger ones.
- Store small decorative items until you move to your next home.
- Clean up your bookshelves by removing small items.
- Replace small wall art with larger pieces, and yes, you can DIY big art!
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