Staging – Less is More

When selling your clients’ homes, you already know you need to make it as presentable as possible so it will appeal to a broad spectrum of prospective buyers.  In addition to the home being as clean as possible, it’s important to use your clients’ furniture in an effective way.  Because furniture takes up a significant amount of space, more furniture on display makes a home look smaller.

These tips can help you make the house seem livable, but also make a home feel more spacious.

Location, location, location

If any furniture blocks walkways, it’s going to make the area seem cramped.  Most of the time, your clients are so used to the furniture in their home that they don’t see any of it as in the way.  A simple way to check is to walk from one door to another or one wall to another in a perfectly straight line.  If something is in the way that makes you deviate from that straight line, it’s in a walkway.  Especially think about paths that people are likely to take, such as going from the stove to the refrigerator.

Minimize

As a general rule, a room should feel, well, “roomy”; or at the least, not cramped.  If there are things your clients don’t really use daily, ask if they’d consider storing it.  For home staging purposes, consider “using” to be an active process – a table that holds piles of papers but isn’t used for writing or sitting at is not a table truly being used.  Put the paper in a box and store that along with the table.

You can also minimize furniture that you plan to keep in the home.  In essence, this means making objects look smaller and less crowded, which makes the room look bigger.  Take any extra leaves out of the dining room table and de-clutter bookshelves so each shelf has only a few books or an ornamental decoration.

One overlooked space is closets… and many of them are crammed to the gills.  It’s a safe bet most prospective buyers will open closed closet doors… and be very disappointed if the space seems cramped and “too small for all my stuff”.  Have clients pare closets down, boxing and storing what they don’t use daily, then spread out the remaining items, so the closet looks used but not impossibly cramped.

When considering whether to store something while staging a home, less is truly more.  If your clients can do without it, they probably should consider doing so while the home is up for sale.

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