Buyers often peruse a home and react to the touch, smell, sight and feel of a home. They react emotionally, visualizing how they would use the home, making it their own.
Make your home shine – and get buyers to positively react – by adding these simple items, each selected as a “favorite staging accessory” by real estate agents across the country.
Use rugs to help define a space or add a touch of warmth to a room – and creatively use rugs to avoid higher staging costs, For example: if you need to move before your home is sold, leaving behind an empty home, put down a rug, some throw pillows and a serving tray to a bedroom or two. This avoids the higher rental and moving costs of a full size bed (plus accessories) and engages buyers as they walk in.
Sheer curtains can easily dress up a room and window, and be just enough to set an inviting mood. Rather than hang a traditional curtain rod (causing holes) use a light tension rod. It’s hassle-free and does the job!
Add some personality to a room through side tables. Use trunks or small suitcases in place of a traditional side table to create interest and get a room noticed. This is great in a room with minimal staging as it instantly adds pizazz. Plus, you can likely find trunks or old suitcases for nominal cost at Goodwill or in your own closet.
Create a theme or give the impression of custom design through decorative fabrics. Create new wall art or a headboard by covering one large framed canvas – or many small framed canvases – with fabric. Excess fabric is also great as a throw at the end of a bed or to recover a chair seat. Use sewing glue to finish the chair edges and presto! A custom room is born.
fresh flowers, mirrors and candy.
Fresh flowers breathe life into a home. From a full bunch in the kitchen or living room, to a bud vase in the bathroom or bedroom, flowers help rooms feel approachable and comfortable. Tall mirrors can open up a room, hallway or staircase. Simply find a mirror scaled to room size and for ease, prop it up against the wall. And, for an inexpensive dash of fun and color, add candy into clear canisters and place in the kitchen.
Courtesy of REALTOR® Magazine (April/May 2011). Photo courtesy of Salvatore Vuono.