They say that the money and effort you put into updating and staging your apartment will be well worth the expense. Here are a few tips that you may find useful.
First, paint your apartment a neutral color and repaired or updated all the items in your home that were either broken or tired looking. A good but usually overlooked item is to change is all of your door knobs; you will be impressed with how great it looks.
Next, get a friend or ask your Realtor to take a look at your “Fresh Palate” - A fresh pair eyes will help you see your home from an outsiders view.
Rather than simply make your home more attractive to a buyer, you should also select furnishings and accessories that you can take with you to your next house.
Home Staging 101
Declutter. The first rule in home staging is to get rid of all your clutter and personal knickknacks. If you have a large house with a basement, you could probably store some of it there. But if you live in an apartment, you had better get yourself a storage unit and squeeze as much as you can in into it. You want people to walk in and see themselves in the space. It's hard to do that if there are pictures of the people who live there.
Know your audience. Make your home as appealing to a potential buyer as possible. A typical two-bedroom apartment will most likely appeal to a young couple. So go with a more modern look since that's what young urban types tend to like.
Decorate the foyer. We all know first impressions are critical. And your entryway is the initial thing a buyer will see. So you want to make it as attractive as possible since it sets the tone for the rest of the home. For example: transform a small entry hallway by placing a scaled down sofa-back table against a wall and hanging an oval mirror above it.
Make the best use of your space. Unless you live in a mansion, chances are you want to make sure you make the best use of all the square footage you've got. Scaled down “Condo-Sized” furniture and smaller fixtures will go a long way.
Brighten things up. "Lighting is often the forgotten child of design. When done right, it is one of the easiest ways to transform a room and make it look more beautiful. Layer your lighting so that there is both overhead and task lighting. In a bedroom try using a light on the ceiling as well as bedside lamps. In the living room you can add a tall modern floor lamp to both attract the eye and give off reading light. You wouldn't necessarily think of lighting as staging but it really changes the feel of a room.
Not to be forgotten, before every open house, buy lots of fresh flowers.
Did I miss any staging techniques that worked in your home? If so, please feel free to send us note as we would love to hear your suggestions and tips.
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