Home Staging Tips for Getting Your Place Ready for Market

by Julea Joseph

Home staging is the going trend in the real estate market. Regardless of the price point, today’s savvy buyers expect the homes that they see to WOW them.

As a professional home stager, interior stylist and owner of Reinventing Space in Palos Park, IL, I can help you “set the stage” for the sale of your home. The following inside tips will help you prepare your home for the market.

Possession Reduction

  • Inventory each room of your home. Give away, throw-away or sell any possessions that you do not plan to use in your new home. Your staging professional can help you evaluate items that you are not sure about.
  • Move excess furniture, art and large accessories into storage to make your space look larger. Use only essential pieces to make each room feel larger and brighter.
  • Once you’ve reduced your inventory, treat your entire home, including windows to a good deep cleaning. No time? Hire a cleaning service; it will be money well spent.

Pack So You Don’t Distract

  • Pack up personal accessories including family pictures, religious articles, collections and memorabilia. Personal items are distracting to the buyer. You are selling a house, not who or what is inside it.
  • Store all valuables to ensure that they are protected.
  • Corral toys, small kitchen appliances, books, magazines, China and plants; too many of these types of items can be distracting.

Let There Be Light!

  • Clean all exterior lighting fixtures. If fixtures are dated, pitted or broken replace the entire fixture.
  • Invest in new light bulbs. Add higher wattage bulbs to lighten dark spaces; use lower wattage bulbs to set a mood and create ambiance.
  • Consider adding landscape lighting.
  • Make sure your house number is visible and can be viewed at all times of the day.
  • Take a hard look at your window treatments. Remove dated, dirty, or unnecessary window coverings. Open all window treatments to allow natural light in the house.
  • Invest in light timers. From your exterior lights to interior accent lights, timers will help keep your home “show ready.”

What Lies Beneath

  • Remove small area and accent rugs from hallways, bathrooms and other spaces.
  • Deep clean all carpeting.
  • Make sure that wood floors are in good condition.
  • Clean all tile grout.

Be Sensible

  • Deep clean kitchen cabinets and appliances to remove any sticky residue.
  • Make sure that grout, shower liners, toilet parameters and garbage disposals are in tip-top and odorless shape.
  • Invest is an air purifier to freshen the air in your house. Make sure to stow it away during the showing.
  • Bake a fresh batch of cookies prior to a showing to create a homey and welcoming feeling.
  • Do not deep fry or cook spicy foods with strong odors.
  • Use gentle scented cleaning products, air fresheners, etc…
  • Take out the trash.
  • If you have pets, make sure to stow away dog beds, litter boxes, and accent rugs prior to showings.

It’s Show Time

  • Display only dry, clean towels. Invest in a few under bed storage containers that can be used to house wet and dirty towels prior to showings. (You can use these storage containers to house the “show towels,” too.)
  • Make certain that all bedding is fresh and in model home condition.
  • Add fresh greenery or a simple flower arrangement to your decor.

Make visitor feel welcome by setting out a bowl of wrapped candies, bottled water or a door mat that says “Welcome.”Interior stylist Julea Joseph specializes in room redesigns. Her work and design philosophy have been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications.

Julea can be reached at 708-448-7500 or www.julea.com.

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