We see a lot of houses. I mean A LOT, and nothing makes our job easier than a home that’s been beautifully staged. If you can afford to hire a professional staging company, please do so! Not only will it help the home sell faster but your photos and video will look fabulous! If you can’t hire a professional, here are a few tips that we’ve picked up along the way that will make your life and our job easier.
This one is the one everyone knows, but it is the foundation upon which the rest will be built. De-cluttering means not only removing excess furniture and other various items, but also personal items such as toiletries, clothing, cleaning products, mail and papers, refrigerator magnets, phone chargers, etc. I know you live there, but we are creating an illusion here people! Hardly anyone is this ridiculously tidy, but we like to think that we could be. There shouldn’t be anything on the floor and all doorways and pathways should be unobstructed. If you want to save your realtor from having a heart attack, get a moving truck and fill that sucker up! For real.
- Reduce Wall Decor
Honestly, this is one thing that everyone thinks looks good but does not translate well in photographs. Too much wall decor! Less is truly more when it comes to wall decor, I often see walls covered ( and I mean covered) in framed photographs or other decor items that really only make the space feel smaller and darker – and sometimes a little tacky 😬. Even if your space isn’t small, cut your wall decor down to just a few key pieces that ties the room together like in the example below.
- Arrange Furniture in Accordance to the Space
What I mean by that is – Make sure you’re arranging furniture in a way that makes sense to the room and what looks good – even though it might not be fully functional. For instance in the photo below, the instinct is to put the furniture up against a wall, but that wouldn’t look as good as this arrangement.
- Add Lighting
Dark corners are a photographers worst nightmare! If the rooms in your home are dark from lack of natural lighting hitting the walls, add pops of lighting throughout the room to brighten it up and give it a more warm and welcoming feel. Not only will it look great in the pictures but it will look great to the eye.
- Clear the Line of Site
When putting the finishing touches on your home, make sure the line of site through the room is clear. For example in the photograph below, when we arrived the big white vase in the corner of the dining room was placed in the center of the table obstructing the view from the dining room to the kitchen. We replaced the vase with a shorter plant and viola! We have a clear line of sight. That vase looks better in that corner anyway. Your home is one of your greatest assets, so when it comes to selling it, no effort is too little. It’s worth it to get the best offer possible! I hope these tips were helpful, and if not I hope you enjoyed the pictures. 🤗