Adapted from article authored by Celeste Perron, REALTOR.com
Your house is on the market and you want to hold an Open House. How do you make your home stand heads and shoulders above the competition?
You don’t have to hire a professional home stager to get the look buyers love. We asked agents and home staging experts for their secret staging tips. Here are nine little moves that have a great impact for minimal effort or money.
- Strip the windows
“Light and bright is what sells,” says Randy Wine, a real estate agent in Rutherford, NJ. So pack away your curtains. “They might be beautiful, but they’ll darken and date the room. You can leave the sheers, but take down the drapes.”
Make sure your windows are sparkling clean; they let in more light and clean windows signal to potential buyers that you are meticulous about your home.
2. White-out the bathroom
Just as hotels use white items to reinforce the idea that they’re clean, white in the bathroom makes things look fresh and new.
Stock up on new white towels and add a white shower curtain, white soap dish, and new white bathmat.
3. Update kitchen fixtures
You don’t need to replace the countertops or even paint to give your kitchen an update. The solution is simpler and cheaper: Replace an old and dated light fixture with a modern one—it will do a lot to update the look of your kitchen.
If your drawer pulls and cabinet knobs look tacky, swap them out for the style and finish that’s complimentary to your cabinets and countertops.
4. Flip every switch
Lighting up the house by turning on every lamp will make prospective buyers confident that you have nothing to hide. Place floor lamps in dark corners or position a high-intensity floor lamp directed at the ceiling. Bright rooms, whether from lighting fixtures or windows that let in lots of natural light help a home sell.
5. Use art work or mirrors as wall décor
Ditch most of your family photos and swap those personal pieces for beautiful art work or mirrors. Mirrors have the advantage of maximizing light to make rooms look bigger and brighter. Family photos and mementos are distracting to potential buyers.
6. Roll up rugs
Hardwood floors are a major selling point for most buyers, and a rug that’s even slightly stained or tattered is a turn-off. Don’t hide wood floors, unless they’re a mess or your rugs are classic and pristine. Always remove area rugs from your kitchen, because the room will feel cleaner and more spacious without them.
7. Swap out lampshades
To make a room look more light, clean, and modern, replace any old lampshades for new white shades, which are inexpensive and readily available everywhere.
8. Set the table
Elaborate table settings can have an overly staged look, but if your dining room table has seen better days or the room could use some livening up, set the table with simple modern place settings. Go for modern white plates, sleek stainless-steel cutlery, and stemless wine glasses atop neutral-hued place mats or a tablecloth. If the room could use a touch of color, add vibrant napkins.
9. Add a metallic accent
Making a room look more luxurious and contemporary is as easy as adding a metallic accessory or two—like a silver leather throw pillow, a bronze side table or garden stool, or a copper tray.
“Metallics add visual appeal, but they’re less controversial than color,” says Wine. “They’re like glamorous neutrals.”
The Brandee Kelley Group team members consult with our sellers to offer tips and advice on showcasing their homes. Call us today at 817.635.1141 and we’ll be happy to evaluate your home and provide an accurate market value if you’re thinking of selling.