Staging your home for sale can be a bit overwhelming, but if you follow the General guidelines that I posted earlier and these more specific room by room tips, it will be a piece of cake!
You might even consider these recommendations if you are not selling your home. A couple times a year, I re-style, organize, and de-clutter my home, and it feels great—like getting a new house!
A Room by Room Guide
The Front Hall
- To make it look as spacious as possible, put away the shoes, umbrellas, and coat rack.
- It should look like a living room. Arrange the furniture accordingly. If you have a fireplace, make it the focal point.
- Clean the fireplace. In the winter, have a nice fire going.
- It is a dining room. If you are using the room for some other purpose, return it to dining room status.
- Setting the table is a nice touch if perhaps a bit precious. Otherwise, pretty candlesticks and a centerpiece on the table will suffice.
- If you have a china cabinet, make sure it is neat and well dusted.
- Replace a boring or builder-basic chandelier with a statement piece.
- It is a family room, not a free-for-all room. Get rid of worn furniture, remove toys, magazines, and newspapers.
- The kitchen is where you can get the most bang for your efforts. Clear the counters completely. Coffee maker, microwave, spice rack, soap, sponges, paper towel holder, and notepad all must go.
- For older cabinets, paint the doors and replace the knobs for instant freshening.
- If the counter tops are old and the budget allows, replace them with granite or engineered stone or install stone tile right over existing Formica countertops.
- Remove the photos and children’s artwork from the refrigerator.
- Remove dishtowels.
- Clean out the inside of the cabinets. Buyers open cabinets.
Buyers Only Know What They See, Not The Way It Is Going To Be!
Since the point is not to overwhelm you, I’ll save suggestions for styling your bedrooms, bathrooms, home office, and pool for a later post.
(Illustration: “Red Velvet Temptation” by Ron York, York & Friends Fine Art