I have been staging homes for sale for well over 15 years. I can’t say enough about what a difference a house looks after it has been properly “staged” for the real estate market. In some cases, the home could sell for more than expected because the house looks warm, inviting and glamorous.

First of all, make sure your carpets are clean, windows washed and gardens trimmed. First impressions are key, and a garden bed unattended or dirty windows can reverse all the efforts made to market a home. If you are going to do it, then do it right the first time.

Make sure all nail holes, brackets and marks on the walls are patched and painted. I would go as far as painting an accent wall with a complimentary color, just to give a completely white house, some character. Do not use primary colors, as they can be too bold. The muddier, soft colors are often the best to use and can be timeless. I would also check the front door. Does it need a fresh coat of paint? Many really do, and what a difference it makes.

To keep costs down, I tend to stage only the living areas. However I will stage a bedroom if it is a downstairs room. One can also stage as an office but if the room I close to a bath, suggesting a guest area or “in-law quarters”.

After placing furniture in a walkable path, I enjoy placing pillows, accessories, books or magazines with color about, to help people feel at home. Color and accents help people scan the room. A well balanced staged room should have accents on all levels. Rugs, prints, kitchen accessories really help the eye to move about the room. I also like to use live plants. Philodendrons are the best. The green color gives life and they are very hard to kill. They don’t need a lot of water, so you don’t have to worry about watering them all the time.

On the exterior, I suggest using a redwood bark in your flower beds. The redwood color helps pop out the plantings in the area and smells great. As well, it masks any blemish in the flower bed. Actually it is a water saver. Mulch keeps the water in the bed instead of drying it out. And it looks so pretty, too.

Staging can be fun. There are some other articles on staging and classes one can take to get more familiar with the concept. If you would like to talk with me further on this subject, or any other real estate topic, please do not hesitate to contact me at 559-392-9504.

I would be delighted to chat.

Kate Crist
Landmark Properties
BRE #01032950
559-392-9504 direct

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