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Home Staging Tips for Sellers

We’ve all seen the shows on HGTV that can remarkably take a fixer-upper and turn it into a home that not only looks completely different, but has the “wow factor” that people want when staging their home for resale. Not only are the remodeled homes structurally updated in many cases, they are also beautifully staged with on trend lighting, furniture, pops of color, greenery and appealing home décor. Most experts agree that a home with furniture helps sell a house, and properly staging that same home allows the seller to appeal to the pickiest of buyers. A well-staged home will stand out from the pack! Here are some of the latest trends based on an article from the National Association of Realtors.

Know your market. A big part of staging is creating a lifestyle in the home for sale that appeals to the demographic. For example, if your home is on the outskirts of town in the country, using a modern, city-loft appeal for décor is less likely to be effective. It’s important to research the distinct neighborhood characteristics and incorporate that into staging your home.

Get glam! Believe it or not, a current trend is adding a little bit of sparkle to décor. Whether it’s a decorative pillow stitched in shiny silver thread or a sparkly picture frame, adding silver is the trendier version of the popular shades of gray. Smaller doses of golden glimmer are also being used in staging, accommodating more of a “vintage” vibe. Both trends work well with modern, glass-top tables, mirrors and the incorporation of metallic bedding, throws, and fabrics.

Color pop. Today’s walls are more neutral, while pops of color are being combined in different ways with home décor. The article refers to this recent trend as “movable color”. The benefit of using accent colors in your pillows, vases, and area rugs is simple: it’s easier to change things up a bit, moving colors from room to room or simply changing the entire “feel” of a room with a few, personalized items. Popular colors forecasted for this year are navy, purples, and blue accent colors.

Outdoor spaces. More and more of us are retreating to the home for entertaining. Whether it’s a small gathering with friends or a loved one’s birthday celebration, there’s been a recent resurgence in home entertainment with a focus on comfortable outdoor spaces. Outdoor dining, kitchens and water features top the list of enhancing those exterior spaces. Throw in a comfy all-weather couch and a walkway leading to the backyard garden, and you will certainly impress buyers with a little piece of outdoor living at its best.

Get in the mood! Mood lighting is always something to consider when staging your home. The power of using the correct lights in certain spaces can really add to the way buyers perceive your home. Ambient lighting is being used more and more to enhance living spaces. Wrought iron lamps, colorful lampshades and metallic lamp bases will all convey very different feelings, textures and sense of space. If your small sitting room seems to be missing some pizzazz, perhaps it’s time to add some mood lighting! You’ll be amazed how a certain lamp can transform the room.

Go green. The “going green” buzzword is a popular one in home building, real estate and home decorating. Repurposing old furniture, using twigs from outside as filler for a vase and displaying your antique storage chest as a coffee table are all variations of popular techniques used in home staging. Bringing the outdoors in, whether with barn wood or weathered antiques, gives any home that “lived in appeal”, adding a personalized touch.

When staging your home, it’s okay to add a little bit of your own taste into your living spaces. However, it’s important to remember that you are trying to appeal to a new potential buyer, which means de-clutter, re-organization and strategic staging is key. In a market with unsold inventory and empty homes, staging will perk up your property and separate it from the cold, vacant listings that lack appeal and a sense of warmth and personality.