5 Interior Design Tips for Staging Your Home for Resale
So the Atlanta real estate market is coming back around, and you are getting ready to list your home for sale. What can you do to make it as appealing as possible to potential home buyers without completely redecorating? Here are some quick tips to help you get started:
1. Less is Best! Staging a house for resale is very different than decorating a home for everyday living. You will need to be ready to part with some items or at least put them in storage. Get rid of clutter! Pair down on furnishings if you have too many pieces in a room. Empty out closets. Clear counter tops and vanities. It may not look crowded to you since you are used to seeing it this way every day. If you need help, consider enlisting the services of an interior designer who has home staging experience for an objective eye.
2. Visit model homes. A lot of careful planning goes into the interior design of a model home. The builder wants his home to appeal to a wide range of prospective buyers. By visiting some models in your area you can get a better feel for what is current in today’s market. If you have been in your existing home for quite some time without updating the interior décor, you made need to get up to speed.
3. Wall and Flooring. Much can be accomplished with a fresh coat of paint in a current or neutral color. If you have several different colors being used on the walls, it would behoove you to strive for a more consistent flow, especially in an open floor plan. Limit a change in color to one or two rooms to avoid appearing chopped up. If your carpeting is tired or dated, this is a relatively economical fix to change and well worth it. You may not want to go to the expense of putting in new hardwood floors, but adding or changing area rugs can breathe new life into your existing spaces when chosen properly. And you can take them with you!
4. Artificial plants. Get rid of them! Same goes for outdated dried or silk arrangements. Chances are they have become dust collectors over the years. Consider adding some live potted plants and fresh flowers for showing your home.
5. Pillows and Lamps. Instead of replacing furniture at this point (save that for your new home!), try changing out throw pillows for a fresher look. Lighting is also an important factor in showing a home at its best. Take note of this when you visit some model homes. You will find them to be well lit with different “layers” of lighting throughout. If all of your lighting is overhead, add some table or floor lamps. And turn them on before your house is being shown.
Generally, I do not recommend that people rent furniture just for staging their home. Most of the time, just by implementing the steps above, you will be able to make a dramatic difference.
And please don’t wait until you are getting ready to sell your home to make the improvements that you can be enjoying yourself. All too often, people live in their homes for years without making any improvements or updates, and then end up doing all of that for someone else to enjoy.
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