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Home Staging Tips For All Rooms

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Home staging is the art of marketing a home based on appearance and presentation to appeal to the widest range of buyers. The seller is creating a feeling for the buyer bringing in emotion and showing how to use each home space from both photographs and in-person showings. Staging creates a lifestyle for the buyer, decreases sales time and justifies the asking price, especially in a buyer's market.

Staging does not have to be expensive. Depending on your furniture, deferred maintenance and age of home, a few updated furniture pieces and color-coordinated accessories along with new paint, uncluttering and cleaning are the main essentials to staging. Think like a buyer and increase the chance of a quick home sale using these Home Buying Institute staging tips:

Entryway

When the buyer opens the front door, the entryway should be bright and welcoming. If the welcome mat is worn, replace it with a new one. Put in new bright light bulbs. The addition of a coat rack or bench extends an invitation to the buyer to come in and look around.

Living and Family Rooms

The fireplace, if there is one, should be the focal point of the room with an accessory or two on the mantel. Remove any large-screen television that detracts from the cozy fireplace feel. Arrange furniture around the fireplace or another focal point if no fireplace. Add color-coordinated throw pillows and a few accessories. Make the room feel warm and inviting, such as for long discussions and fun with friends or family.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms should give buyers a comfortable and relaxed feeling. Furniture arrangement should give a spacious feeling and not feel cluttered. If worn, place new bedspreads and matching pillows on the bed and fluff it up to look comfortable. Neutral colors are key in bedrooms to provide a sense of tranquility.

Kitchen

This is the most important room in the home. It should be super clean and very well-lit. Store few to no appliances on the countertops and keep them de-cluttered at all times. Yellow or bright white are good kitchen colors. Upgrades to worn cabinets or countertops are well-worth it here. A dirty, cluttered kitchen is not an inviting place to cook or entertain guests in the minds of buyers.

Bathrooms

Also an important room for buyers. Any bathrooms must be sparkling clean and well lit, but with softer light than the kitchen. This is also a good room to update. Even in an historic home, most buyers prefer a more modernized bathroom. Paint in a bright, clean color. Add a pedestal sink, if there is room, and show off new fluffy towels in colors that accentuate the bathroom's colors.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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