Home Staging Essentials

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 03 Apr, 2016
If you are thinking about home staging, then you might be wondering what makes a successful staging. Many people believe that sprucing up is key. But in truth, professional staging is really quite different. The goal IS to make your home look good, but not necessarily your things. We want the client to see the […]
If you are thinking about home staging, then you might be wondering what makes a successful staging. Many people believe that sprucing up is key. But in truth, professional staging is really quite different. The goal IS to make your home look good, but not necessarily your things. We want the client to see the space and the light and the flow of the home rather than your tastes and choices in decorating.
Rest assured, this is not an assault on your personal style. Rather, it is an exercise in getting your potential buyer to focus on the positives of your home. A good home staging will transcend your décor choices and will create a blank canvas for potential homebuyers to enjoy.
A potential client is most likely to buy your home when they can envision their things in your space. If buyers are spending too much time admiring–or NOT admiring–your décor, then they are being distracted from your home’s potential. A good home staging will showcase the light, the storage potential and the floor design of your home. This is how:
Studies show that the number one staging exercise is decluttering. This means NOTHING on the floor, including small scale furniture like book shelves or crates that hold toys, etc. Also, removing extraneous items from shelves, mantles, cabinets and closets will improve how these spaces are seen.
We remove ALL small tchotchski type decorative items. Small items communicate “small” space. And many small items together look like clutter piles.
Closets are a main feature of a home, and they are our specialty, so we spend a lot of time here. We make sure that there is nothing on the floor, we thin out the seasonal clothing to show more space, and we make sure that shelving is only lightly populated. In addition,  we sort all contents to ensure only appropriate items are in each closet. For example, if tennis racquets are being stored in your coat closet, this might signal that there is not enough storage for sporting equipment in your home. We also look for affordable ways to improve lighting in your closets.
Flow of your home is important. We make sure that furniture is size appropriate for the room–removing any oversized pieces that don’t quite fit. We arrange the furniture to highlight features in the room such as fireplaces or bay windows. In addition, furniture should NOT interfere with walking paths or with the visual path to the windows–this is especially true for chairs or ocassional tables.
As for wall art–most will come down. Again, any “small” wall hangings will be removed as small items make big walls look awkward. We seek to use only a few appropriately-sized pieces that highlight features in a room. And we bring down all kids’ art and items from refrigerator panels.
Fresh paint and flooring is a standard staging request. But also, washing all lighting fixtures and upgrading lightbulbs is important. Make sure windows are sparkling. Bathrooms and kitchens will need to be spotless and as scent free as possible.
You will find that these staging essentials will reap the best results. And if you find that you are struggling to remove your personal signature and creature comforts from the home, that’s when you know  it is time to call a professional!
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