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HOW TO PREPARE FOR STAGING

Preparing your home and staging your home are not necessarily the same thing. Home staging emphasizes the presentation and appearance, but there are many other steps to get your home ready for hitting the market. Follow this comprehensive guide to make the most out of staging.

EXTERIOR

  • Add fresh mulch to flowerbeds

  • Trim bushes and shrubs

  • Remove any dead plants

  • Consider painting the front door to contrast the exterior

  • Add a simple outdoor mat (black or natural)

  • Power wash driveway, walkway, windows and exterior siding of house if needed

  • Make sure the house number is clearly visible from the street

  • Add throw pillows to benches or chairs on the patio

  • Add potted plants to porch or sitting areas

 

INTERIOR

  • Remove all personal photos and personal collections

  • Edit shelves and bookcases

  • Make sure all beds are made

  • Scrub tile and grout in the kitchen and bathrooms

  • Dust and remove any cobwebs in corners and ceilings

  • Remove any extra furniture like side tables and spare chairs

  • Center remaining furniture around the focal point of the room

  • Remove all curtains, unless they are neutral colored panels

  • Steam clean or replace carpets

  • Deep clean entire house—baseboards, light fixtures, A/C vents, etc.

  • Make any necessary repairs

  • Eliminate any odors, especially from pets or smoke

  • Hide all pet items

  • Empty all trashcans

  • Close doors to all cabinets and closets

  • Put away any mail or newspapers

  • Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry

TIPS TO REVIEW YOUR SPACE

  • Evaluate each room from a buyer's perspective by looking into each room from the entry area

  • Take photos with your phone to see what stands out and needs to be removed, hidden or rearranged

  • Ensure artwork is hung so the center is eye-level, ~62” from the floor

  • Consult with your Real Estate agent for their opinion

  • Hire an Contractor to handle any major repairs

  • Have a yard sale to get rid of extra furnishings or store extra items off site

DECORATING TIPS
 

MIX & MATCH PATTERNS

Use throw pillows to add visual interest to your sofa. Confidently mix patterns by following this simple formula:
 

PATTERN + SOLID + WHIMSICAL
 

You can even try using a pattern that has all of the colors of your room to tie it all together!

 

CHOOSING PAINT COLORS

  1. Choose a Color Scheme from the Largest Pattern in the Space

    • If you've got patterned upholstery, a colorful rug or large piece of artwork, pluck colors you like from the pattern. For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern's whites and beiges.
       

  2. Understand Undertones

    • Use the darkest color on the strip to discover the true color. This will save you from ending up with paint that is too pink, too blue, too yellow, etc.
       

  3. Use the Rule of 60-30-10

    • When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color 

    • (accessories). This ratio ensures that the colors are properly balanced and there's just enough pop for interest.

 

USE TEXTURE

Texture adds dimension and interest to a room—both visual and tactile. Try incorporating stone, iron, brass, wood, wicker and other natural elements!

 

LAYER LIGHTING

Every room should have three kinds of lighting:
 

  • Ambient, which provides overall illumination and often comes from ceiling fixtures;

  • Task, which is often found over a kitchen island or a reading nook; and 

  • Accent, which is more decorative, highlighting, say, artwork.