6 Tips for Staging a Home

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Written by Marina Vernovsky, Moveboxer.com

You know where you want to move, you have looked into potential neighborhoods, and perhaps you have even bought a house – this seems like the easy part, the part that is under your control. Or, you are trying to get this out of the way before you make any final decisions. Regardless, now approaches one of the most daunting steps of the moving process: selling your home. You may think you are stepping into a world where one surprise after another will be thrown at you, and you will have no say in how things turn out at this point. On the contrary, you hold more power than you imagine. Much of this power rests in staging your home for visits from potential buyers.

Here are a few tips for making sure you show off your home in the best possible light:

Lighting

Speaking of best possible light, lighting is a very important element in a house. It decides the ambiance of your entire home and can make or break how a room appears to an outsider, no matter how wonderfully the furniture and decorations are laid out. Make sure any old lighting fixtures are replaced, and that the lighting in your rooms is appealing – make it warm, welcoming, and bright enough (but not fluorescent!). Keep the wattage to a limit, and you can either go by a certain number of watts by square footage, or by how much wattage you need per room. Also, make sure to spread the job of lighting among different types of fixtures – wall lights, ceiling lights, floor lamps, etc.

Get Rid of Clutter

This is one of the most important parts of staging a home – getting rid of clutter can air out a room, give that room more space, provides you with more opportunity to decorate and move furniture and decorations at your whim, and gives you peace of mind. Moving is the perfect time to get rid of all those things you have hoarded for decades, and will make your home much more appealing to visitors, right away.

Coloring

Along with lighting, the right coloring in a room can turn somebody off, or on, of an entire home. This includes walls, furniture, decorations, bedspread, and anything else. Think about what kind of feel you want the room to have, and go off of that, even if it means repainting a few walls here and there. Don’t feel a need to go out and buy new decorations, though, because you can work with what you already have to achieve the best color balance!

Set-Up of Furniture

Not only does the proper set-up of furniture affect the mood of the room, it eliminates clutter and takes advantage of the room’s space. You can position chairs to be in conversation with one another, and place side tables in accordance with them. Moving furniture away from the walls and leaving room for walkways provides organization and logic, as well as opening the room up. Feel free to change up the room-to-furniture pairings as well – get creative and move a chair from the living room into the bedroom! You’ll never know what works until you try it.

Art/Wall Hangings

Show off your beautiful art and other decorations by placing them closer to eye level, or moving them to creative new locations. In most houses, art hangs up on a wall where people assume it is shown off, but that placement, in fact, causes people to disregard it. Contribute to the overall space of the room by relocating your wall hangings where they call attention to themselves.

Accessorizing

Flowers, vases, bowls, pictures, collections from around the world – if you own anything that is worth showing off, do it justice. Placement of these accessories on a dining room table, on the side of your bedroom, or between two armchairs in a living room, can draw visitors to the beauty of your home. Space the accessories out properly, however, to avoid the aforementioned clutter that you worked so hard to get rid of. Accessorize by groups of odd numbers (like threes), by complementing colors, complementing shapes, etc.

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