Today we’re featuring a guest post about home staging. If you’re looking for great content to share with sellers on your real estate website or social media channels, feel free to use this – just don’t forget to link back this post for attribution.
The entire purpose of staging a room is to encourage offers from prospective buyers. By presenting a “lived-in” feel to the home, it helps personalize the experience and show the potential buyer what the home could look like. This doesn’t mean you need to be lavish when deciding on your decor. This is a staging and is meant to be a display, not for practical usage. Where can you get the perfect props to help speed along the sale of your home?
1. Your Own Home – Believe it or not, a great deal of decorative items for staging can be found by looking around your own home. Everything from kitchen and dining room accoutrements to decor for the living room can be found in your home already. Remember, you are staging for the look and not practical use. It doesn’t matter that the paint is chipping or that the legs on the table are wobbly. You can easily repaint and shine up things you already have to give them a brand new look for practically nothing.
2. Hobby Stores – Many hobby stores can provide you with a great amount of decorative ideas. Whether you need some attractive fake fruit to put into a dish for the dining room or need material to use as a cover for the bed, many things are available at these locations. Flowers are another aspect that can liven up a room, and there is nothing wrong with using modern silk variations in order to achieve that perfect look.
3. Thrift Stores – A number of items can be picked up for cheap at thrift stores. Everything from coffee pots to clothing hanging in the closets, you can accomplish that lived-in look very well with these items. Clothing doesn’t even have to fit in order to give a home the look you’re trying to achieve. Depending on the thrift store in your area, you could possibly get more out of it than at the dollar store for the same amount of money.
4. Yard Sales – Never underestimate the value of a yard sale when it comes to furniture or other items. You may be shocked to see just what a $10 dresser can do for a child’s room when you’re staging it for sale. Remember, you are not designing the home according to your own tastes. You are trying to give a representation of what you think others might like to see in the home.
5. Electronic Props – Although you may have aversions to using a cheap imported stereo that you bought off eBay from some company located in Hong Kong, it can still provide the look you want in order to drive the sale. Electronic props of all kinds can be found on the Internet, including widescreen TVs for less than $100. You may even be able to buy broken electronics that look good off of websites like eBay in order to give more life to a room. A broken Wii might not be fun, bu it can still make a family or game room look like it can handle various entertainment.
When you are staging your home to drive a sale, essentially you are turning it into an area loaded with props much like on stage in a play. The items don’t have to work or even be real in order to give the audience the feel of the room. It’s all about selling the ambiance of an area and what it means to the audience. You don’t have to spend a great deal of money in order to provide that ambiance and why would you want to? Save that dough to spend on accessories for your next place!
This is a guest post by Liz Nelson from WhiteFence.com. She is a freelance writer and blogger from Houston.