What is Home Staging?

Dressing a House for Success – STAGING A HOME

Home staging is about illusions. It’s beyond decorating and cleaning. It’s about perfecting the art of creating moods. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it.

Contrary to what you might think, it’s about more than preparing the house for sale. Staging is what you do after you’ve cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it’s all about dressing the house for sale.  Home staging is about adding the small details and finishing touches.

What is a Professional Home Stager?

Professional stagers are highly skilled artists. Stagers possess the skills of a top-level designer and they create dramatic scenery that appeals to all five senses. Here are some of their secrets:

  • Arrange sparse pieces of furniture in an appealing grouping known as a vignette
  • Showcase a generous usage of soft fabrics such as silk, lambswool, satin
  • Display unusual knickknacks in units of 1, 3 or 5
  • Drape window coverings with simple lines
  • Add unique elements to shelving, bookcases and fireplace mantels, which draw attention to predetermined areas

What Accessories Does a Stager Use?

Stagers bring in a vast array of items to spruce up the house. Here is a small sampling of items professional stagers often use to dress each room. How they are utilized is limited only by the creativity and vision of the stager.

  • Mirrors
  • Plants
  • Silk Flowers
  • Floor & Table Lamps,
  • Area and Throw Rugs
  • Small Love Seats
  • Ottomans
  • Afghans
  • Pillows
  • Inflatable Queen-Size Beds
  • Baskets
  • Plastic Tables & Chairs

Professional Staging Tricks & Tips

The idea behind staging is to allow rooms to show themselves.  If your home is vacant, it’s soulless, and without staging, it will probably remain on the market for many months.   The kitchen, often referred to as the “heart of the home,” is an important  room to start with.  Here are a few tips for making the kitchen more appealing and space sparkle.

  • Apply orange oil to cabinets that appear dry, which will renew their original luster
  • Ensure appliances are well cleaned and stainless steel appliances do not have fingerprints
  • Clear counters of clutter (put small appliances in cupboards if possible)
  • Put out large bowls of fruit such as polished apples, bright oranges, luscious grapes
  • Arrange colorful and fun cookbooks on the counters

Bathrooms are also essential to dress well and should look open, airy and inviting.   One way of achieving this is to add baskets filled with spa treatments such as:

  • Towels, tied with ribbons
  • Scented soaps
  • Creamy lotions
  • Moisturizing & Facial jars

Don’t forget to stage the backyard as well when staging your home.  You can create an outdoor oasis just by adding a seating area with a casual loveseat and chairs or by adding a patio set and setting the table with bright dinner plates, placemats and napkins.

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