When you’re watching a movie, you might not put too much thought into the design of the set, but set designers deserve more credit than they often receive. Without them, movies wouldn’t be nearly as believable or immersive.
Decorating a home for sale is a bit like set design. The goal is not to showcase your personal artistic taste or to create an environment that is comfortable to live in. Your main objective when decorating a home for sale is to create a space where potential buyers will be able to easily picture themselves living the good life.
One Room at a Time
Staging a home can be a daunting task if you’re doing it by yourself, so it’s best to complete it in bite-sized pieces. Go through one room at a time. Remove everything from the room you’re working on, and give it a thorough cleaning. If it needs a fresh coat of paint, then this is the time to do it. Remember: neutral colors are best.
Once you’ve turned each room into a blank canvas, start reintroducing design elements. You’ll want to stick to the basics; a tidy bunk bed and clean bean bag chairs in the children’s room, and an uncluttered desk and stylish lamp in the study.
Get Rid of Clutter
We all have clutter in our daily lives; stacks of mail and magazines in the kitchen, toys in the kids’ rooms, outfits that didn’t make the cut on the bedroom floor, boxes full of unused items in the garage. But when showing a home, we simply can’t allow those little messes to detract from the viewer’s experience.
Get rid of all that clutter. If you’re still living in your home, make sure your closets are clean, and only keep your essentials in them. The out-of-season clothes and shoes you don’t often wear should be kept elsewhere. In the bathroom, it’s OK to place a fresh, unused bar of soap in the soap dish by the sink, but you certainly don’t want to leave your deodorant, shampoo bottles, or pumice stone lying around. Remember, you want to make the house look move-in ready.
You probably have wonderful aesthetic sensibilities, but this is not the time to let them run wild. Instead, concentrate on creating an environment where anyone will feel comfortable. Even if you’re a skilled decorator, the home itself should leave the lasting impression, not the style in which it was appointed. Generally speaking, current styles are best, and opt for a neutral color scheme, with little splashes of accent color where appropriate.
The First Impression
So far, we’ve discussed cleaning and setting up your home’s interior, but we haven’t talked about increasing its curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint on exterior walls and doors can do wonders for a home’s image. It’s also a smart move to make the front door look more welcoming by planting color-coordinated flowers around the porch. The landscaping should be neat as a pin, with all the overgrown hedges trimmed back, the lawn neatly mowed and edged, and the bushes and shrubs nicely shaped.
Selling a home can be a daunting task and It is often wise to seek the assistance of a professional. If you’re looking to sell your home in the Kansas City area, talk to a ReeceNichols real estate agent for expert information and advice. They will guide you through the process and ensure you get the most for your home.