The goal of home staging is to make your home shine. After paring down to just the essentials, the next staging step is to give your home a light makeover to make it look and feel neat, fresh and pleasant.
Buyers dont expect everything to be new, but they dont want to be turned off by worn items or unpleasant odors. A good rule of thumb to go by: If it looks old, worn or dirty, then clean or replace it. A clean, fresh-smelling, attractive home tends to sell. Read on for some budget-friendly ways to refresh each room in your home.
Start With the Living Room
As one of the most frequently used rooms, the living room can get a worn, lived-in look pretty fast. Fortunately, its also one of the simplest rooms to improve.
First, give your living room a fresh coat of paint and while youre at it, paint every room in the home. In the living room, go for a color that is somewhat neutral, like a gray or a bone, that works with your pared-down decor.
Second, consider buying new throw pillows to jazz up that worn sofa. Go for a refreshing, trendy color or something with texture, such as a metallic linen, to bring subtle style to the room.
Next, turn a critical eye to your rug. If it looks dirty or faded, think about replacing it with an inexpensive and neutral jute or sisal rug. The simplicity and texture of these natural fibers always make a room feel cleaner and more serene. Jute and sisal are go-tos for most home stagers because they dont cost a fortune and do hold up well under heavy foot traffic from an open house.
Another rule that applies to almost every room is replacing any outdated light fixtures. Look to swap them with simple, neutral and stylish options that can handle high-wattage bulbs.
Finally, replace your knickknacks and accessories with a vase of fresh flowers. Use a medium or small vase so as not to distract from the rest of the room. Simple arrangements like a vase of white tulips or a cluster of peonies make a room fresh and lovely.
Move On to the Kitchen
Kitchens and bathrooms are crucial to the sale specifically, the sale price of a home. The more buyers feel they will need to spend on a kitchen renovation, the less they will want to offer for your house. That equation doesnt mean that you should renovate your entire kitchen. You can make updates that cost far less than a total overhaul.
First, scrutinize your kitchen cabinets. Do they seem dirty or shabby? If so, instead of replacing them, consider the less expensive alternative of painting them. Whether you have them painted white, gray or navy, the new look can give your kitchen renewed life.
Next, whether or not you repaint your cabinets, inspect their hardware. You may want to replace these pieces with more modern or on-trend alternatives. Polished chrome, industrial iron and brushed brass are just some of the stylish options available today.
As in the other rooms of the house, give walls a fresh coat of paint and replace any dirty, broken or dated light fixtures with clean, updated versions.
Freshen Up the Bathroom
As in the kitchen, you may want to replace any dated or worn fixtures in your bathroom whether faucets or drawer pulls. Polished chrome is a good choice because it always looks sparkling and new. Brushed brass brings a trendy, elegant look.
Next, go shopping for fluffy white towels to put on your shiny new towel bar. Even if your existing towels are nice and white, purchase new ones for staging. Your towels, though probably lovely, are nonetheless used, and will continue to be used as your house is shown. Buyers dont want to see anything personal.
Speaking of the tub and shower, instead of replacing the tub, go for the much more cost-efficient option of having it professionally reglazed. This is essentially repainting the tub, making it look and feel new. Similarly, have the tile regrouted or pressure-washed. Your bathtub and shower will shine.
Finally, place something in your bathroom that smells fresh. Whether its a new bar of soap, a vase of fresh flowers or a reed diffuser, use something that will have a lingering pleasant scent.
Make Your Bedroom Oh So Calm
The bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in the house. But for selling, we dont want it to feel so personal. An overall guide to staging your bedroom is to think of it as a stylish and serene hotel room that anyone would feel comfortable in. When your potential buyers walk into your bedroom, you dont want them to think of you, smell anything personal about you or see your personal items left behind.
A good first step in depersonalizing your room is to replace your bedding with crisp white linens. If all white isnt possible, look for neutrals that give the same effect. You want your bed to look inviting, fresh and comfortable. Opt for a decorative throw pillow to give a hint of color.
When possible, hang a mirror above the bed or at some other focal point of the room, such as the wall facing the bed. This can help open up the room and reflect whatever natural light you have.
Follow the same steps in the bedroom as in the living room when it comes to the rug: If your bedroom rug looks worn or dated, replace it with sisal or jute. If your bedroom carpeting needs covering up, try placing a thin dhurrie or knit rug atop it. A rug pad can help these types of rugs stay put on top of carpet.
Finally, add a small vase of flowers to a bedside table. This little touch will contribute a pleasant detail to your hotel-like oasis.
*Excerpts of this blog were taken from Houzz.com