By now most people are aware that home staging is a really valuable tool for helping a home to sell for the highest price. Buyers really like to feel like the home they are purchasing came off the set of HGTV. Staging helps us to help buyers realize their dream.
Most Realtors will provide some level of staging consultation services as part of their listing agreement. But that often doesn't include items that the stager brings into the home to make it feel more updated. Let's face it, styles change and we don't all refresh our decor year by year. For much less than the stager's fee, you can purchase a few small items that will make your home pop, will draw the eye away from anything unsightly and could make your home sell for thousands more!
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I always advise sellers to keep their decor relatively neutral. Buyers may have different color families than the seller and that could deter them from your property if there is a lot of painting or remodeling to do just for cosmetic purposes.
But that doesn't mean you want the home to be bare and boring. A little pop of color goes a long way and these stunning throw pillows give you just the right feel. Click on the images to find beautiful ways to incorporate Pantone's color of the year [Living Coral] into your staging decor.
While a pop of color is great in the right place, when your home is on the market, bath linens should remain crisp, clean and white. I even recommend that you don't actually use the towels while the home is on the market. You can store them in a little bin under your sink and take them out whenever a showing is scheduled. This 8 piece towel set is reasonably priced, has great reviews and could be used in a guest bathroom after your move, if you don't want the hassle of keeping white linens white.
Positivity is a hot commodity these days. And giving your home a feeling of warmth and love definitely makes people feel...well, warm and loved.
While it's a good idea to stay away from religious artifacts, I don't think it does any harm to use positive, affirming words of any faith in your home.
Small table top signs like this one and this one can be used in a bathroom or on a kitchen counter. And larger wall hangings like this can be used in dining areas or living rooms. The wooden signs may be a little more pricey so I wouldn't spend the money unless it's something you'll enjoy in your new home.
Again, fresh white linens give the feel of the home being clean and classic. And the white gives you a base to add some pops of color with pillows or greenery on the nightstands. Choose a basic white bedspread or comforter and be sure to have some extra pillows to give some elevation to the pillow shams. For some great visuals on how to arrange bed pillows see here.
The classic white bedding options below are from Amazon. Click the images to go to their site.
There is nothing like greenery to make a home feel fresh and happy. Use these fun micro plants anywhere you need a pop of color...a sparse bathroom, countertop or table. They are cheaper to purchase in packs of four and you'll have more to spread around.
Also, a larger ficus tree style plant can be used to highlight features of the home to draw attention to them, such as a beautiful fireplace.
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Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.
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