While these may seem like no-brainers, you might do well to place your focus on these rooms. If anything it will keep you organized and provide a game plan for determining where you need to put the most emphasis for staging.
Make It Neutral
A little paint job never hurt anyone. If a listing has bright walls that could take away from a buyer’s best visualization of a space, invest the extra dollars to turn it into a blank slate. Warm beiges or even off-whites are the best options to provide a neutral backdrop for a room. You can hide wood wainscoting or paneled walls this way, too.
Kitchen or bathroom cabinets are other great places that could probably use a fresh coat of paint. Match the walls for added impact and make sure that you pick ones that aren’t too glossy or too matte.
Highlight the Best Features of the House
Fireplaces are a great feature for any home and so unusual these days. An outdated one can take away from the true beauty of a room and actually be an eyesore in many cases. A quick paint job, updating of metal work or a simple wash can do wonders for a hearth. Consider a paint color that matches the walls and some strategically placed photos or accessories to make it truly stand out.
Small Changes Go a Long Way
Cabinet handles come cheap these days, so a simple switch to update a tired kitchen or bathroom can do wonders for a home. Same goes for door handles throughout the house. Being consistent with the metal tone can bring some cohesiveness and bring an old home out of the dark ages.
Edit, Edit, Edit
Too much can be, well, too much, so if you find areas that could use some editing, go for it. Window treatments that scream 1980s can easily be removed and replaced with simple curtains (or none at all). Perhaps beautiful hardwoods are hiding beneath a worn out carpet.
While your client may still be living in their home, you might encourage them to do some spring cleaning. Removing as many personal items as possible by getting rid of or storing them in nice boxes in another location of the house (preferably not where home buyers will look) can do wonders for a room.
If your client uses a room for multiple purposes, take your editing eye there, too, and simplify. Help buyers see the potential in a room by removing all clutter and assigning just one theme to it (guest room, office, playroom, etc.). The less confusing a room is, the more attractive it will look.
And since it’s spring, make sure there is plenty of natural light coming in from all windows. Make sure they are clean to allow the maximum light in. Try flowers both inside and outside the house to make it look more fresh and inviting.
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