So Bob and I just finished staging a listing of ours…a truly lovely home. And I can’t help but jump up and down with excitement just a little bit. I love to stage a house. There is nothing so rewarding as spending a couple of hours, sweating it out, rearranging existing furniture, lighting, and artwork to create a streamlined, simple and clean traffic flow that truly shows off the space we are selling. Awesome! Some tips that I can pass along:
Pick up and put away all the little throw rugs (they make your floor seem cluttered and small).
Never, I repeat never, use a furry toilet seat cover. Consider purchasing an inexpensive new seat if it is unsightly.
When we say de-clutter, we mean it…think “hotel.” That means that all the little “this and that”s can be packed away so that your house shines and not your stuff. (Its also alot easier to clean an empty dresser top than one that is covered in dusty knick knacks.)
Let there be Lights. Open blinds, shades and curtains.Make sure all fixtures have lightbulbs that work, and use floor,table and desk lamps to layer the light.
The finishing touches do not have to be elaborate, but attention to detail is key…a bowl of lemons, or green apples looks fresh in the kitchen. A bright throw or pillow can dress a couch or a bed. Clean towels in good condition (notice I didn’t say new), an empty vase or bowel on a shelf or table.