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According to the National Association of Realtors, “Staging the living room was found to be the most important for buyers (47 percent), followed by staging the master bedroom (42 percent) and staging the kitchen (35 percent)”
The Living Room
Why is the living room the most important room to stage? It’s where we spend the majority of our time. In fact, since Covid-19, Americans are spending more time at home than ever before. According to SWNS Media Group, “Seven in 10 say their perfect night involves spending time in the living room and on the sofa.” So, if you are listing your home for sale, you want to make sure you are paying attention to this important space in the home.
My top tips for the living room:
Start by evaluating the space. Is it filled with items? Completely bare? Is it even being used as a living room? The living room needs to be shown as a living room and not an office or something other than its intended purpose.
What are its best features? Is there a cozy fireplace? Vaulted ceilings? French doors leading to the patio? You want to showcase the features that will appeal to buyers.
Start to declutter (remove tchotchkes), depersonalize (take down family photos and personal memorabilia), and remove anything that does not belong in the living room. Buyers need to be able to envision their family living there.
Is there any work that needs to be done? Is the paint a neutral color? What condition are items in?
Evaluate what you own that can be used to enhance the space. A sofa, accent chairs, coffee table, rug, plants, and side tables are the standard pieces. Limit the items to only what should be included in a living room. Keep the room spacious and keep the walkways free from clutter.
You can take it a step further and set the coffee table with a book, candle, and plant. Put a mirror over the fireplace mantle and a couple candlesticks to provide dimension. Add curtains and pillows to make the room feel cozy.
Be sure to allow for as much natural light in as you can. Take down heavy drapes and pull up shades to the top of the window.
The master/primary bedroom
Ahh the bedroom. This room, as you can imagine, needs to be a space that feels relaxing, cozy, and a place where we can rest after a long day.
My top tips for the bedroom:
Just like the living room, the bedroom needs to be shown as a bedroom only. Try not to show an office area. Remember, the buyers want to see a place where they can envision relaxing, not working.
What color are the walls? Remember to neutralize the spaces in your home. Light grays, blues, or whites are your best choices. Does anything need to be repaired, replaced, or touched up?
Take a look around. Are there items that can be removed? Is there clutter? Keep the bedroom as spacious as possible. If you have extra dressers or storage, if possible, remove them. You can use under the bed storage as a temporary solution for your clothes.
As a rule of thumb, donate, sell, or store about half of your closet. Again, buyers want to see how much space they have in the closet. If it is filled to the brim, it will feel like storage is an issue.
And on that note, hang clothes by category and color. (ie. all the jeans hung together, black shirts, then blue shirts, etc.) You can find inexpensive hangers in one color to hang your clothes.
Deep clean the bedroom. Floors, dresser tops, floorboards, window sills…everything needs a clean. This room should feel like a sanctuary!
Evaluate what you have. Do you have a bedspread? Is it old and stained/ripped? If so, replace it. There are plenty of affordable options online or in stores. White is always a great choice (think hotel rooms!) You can buy a bed in a bag option rather than buying individual pieces.
Bring plants into your room. They will purify the air and they make a room feel alive and fresh. One on a dresser or a small tree in the corner of a room will do.
If you have a headboard, great! If not, there are many options including using a large piece of artwork (it should take up about 50%-75% of the space above the bed). You could paint a feature on a wall to frame the bed like a headboard or find some cute hanging baskets to make a collage above the bed.
Accessories like light curtains, matching lamps, books, candles, and plants make a room feel even cozier.
This is the heart of the home! It is also a space that is used every day. You want to ensure that buyers can envision themselves cooking, entertaining, and enjoying that space with their loved ones. The kitchen is usually one of the first rooms that buyers will view when touring a home, so be sure that it leaves a lasting impression.
My top tips for the kitchen:
Take everything off of the kitchen counters and then do a deep clean. Clean the sink, counters, light switches, cabinets, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and any other surface. Remove anything on the outside of the refrigerator (magnets, flyers, schoolwork, etc.). Buyers should feel like they can move in and serve dinner that day. Buyers want to see a sparkling clean kitchen! If you cannot do it yourself, cleaning companies are reasonably priced and will do an excellent job!
Assess your kitchen. What needs to be repaired? Could anything be updated? Kitchen remodels can be very costly and may not yield a high return on investment. Instead, could you make some changes such as paint color, adding a backsplash or updating hardware and/or fixtures? Discuss this with your real estate agent.
You need to make the kitchen and counters as spacious as possible. Remove drying racks (you can store them in a cabinet), soaps, sponges, toaster ovens, and other large items. Store them while the home is on the market.
Only keep a few things on the counters and island (if there is one). Items that I tend to stage with include white canisters with wooden spoons, cookbooks, a ceramic bowl with fruit (limes, lemons, or apples), and a plant or bouquet of flowers. **If your home is vacant then stick to artificial plants and food items.
Go through your drawers and cabinets and clean them out! Be sure that everything is organized and spacious. If drawers and cabinets look cluttered, buyers will feel like there’s not enough space to store items.
I hope you found these tips to be helpful!
If you or someone you know needs a Realtor and professional stager, reach out to me today! I would love to help you prepare and sell your home quickly and for top dollar!