Do you have a quick house showing that needs to get it ready fast? Even if you only have a short time to prepare, it is important to take a moment and help the buyers envision themselves at home. With a few key enhancements, you can complement the space’s unique layout to create an inviting environment. Gain confidence in your showing, and prepare for your last-minute open house with these three simple staging tips.
#1 Staging Tips: Focus On The Right Details
When you are in a crunch for time to prepare for a house-showing, concentrate on the areas in where homeowners will spend the most time. When we only have days to stage a home, our designers can give consultation that focus on small touches that make a home feel luxurious and inviting.
Notice the wine glasses on the side table and beach-theme table-top accessories? These items pull the homebuyer in and draws their attention to using the space in an enjoyable way.
“Buyers have a much easier time picturing themselves at home during a showing if there are items they’d love to interact with, such as luxurious linens in the bathroom,” says Margaret Gehr, Founder and Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “These details are make the difference in making a buyer feel at home.”
There are some subtle touches that add to a homebuyers senses that should be focused on for that “homey” feeling. Utilize the sense of touch and drape a cosy blanket over a chair. Activate the sense of smell and sight with a lit fireplace to add a warm ambiance.
Pro Staging Tips: You can also create a focal point in a room you are staging through the arrangement of furniture. As shown in the room above, four seats face in toward a circular coffee table. Lines framing the coffee table base direct attention upward again and complement the chair arrangement. Settings like this create a warmth to the space and pull the homebuyer in to relax and stay a while.
#2 Staging Tips: Turn Up The Light
Before showing a house, open or remove any window drapes and let natural light shine through each room in the house. To illuminate the otherwise dark or shadowy areas in the home, turn on ceiling lights and lamps.
Whether the house showing is during the day or evening, ample lighting helps the buyers see the potential in the space. The brighter a space, the bigger it can feel to potential buyers walking through the home.
Pro Staging Tips: Have extra time before your home showing? Add matching table or floor lamps in each room to create cohesive design. Placing double lights on a banquet table as shown above, helps to center a home buyer’s focus toward an area in the room. It also brings a sense of balance and is pleasing to the eye.
#3 Staging Tips: Create A Fresh Feeling
Fresh flowers and well-placed plants are an easy addition that can attract buyers during their walk through the home. Green plants and tall, white flowers liven up an entrance, bathrooms, and common living spaces to enhance the space’s design.
“Strategically placing plants throughout the house is a great last-minute strategy that really enhances the space,” says Kathy Lobkovich, Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “Fresh flowers and spots of green bring a home to life.”
Pro Staging Tips: If you have an extra time before an open house, identify over-crowded pieces of furniture that don’t coordinate with your overall design. In their place, add a tall fig leaf plant for height and as a place for the visitor to rest their eye. Tall plants are a great addition to dark corners of a room and pair well with a variety of interior designs.
Wether your next home showing is last-minute or planned well in advance, keep this checklist in mind the next time you are welcoming home buyers into your listing.
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