When was the last time you went out on a first date? Maybe it was last week, or maybe it was 20 years ago. No matter when it was, chances are you put in a lot of effort to look your best. As the old saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression.” So, it’s normal to want to put your best foot forward when you’re trying to impress someone.
If you’re selling your house, the same concept applies.
To make the best first impression on a potential buyer, consider staging your home. It’s an easy and effective way to ensure that potential buyers see your home in its best light. They should be able to see its current benefits, as well as how easily they could transform it into a home of their own.
You don’t need a degree in design to stage your home. It’s all about creativity, having fun, and following the latest trends. So, what are the current trends, and how can you incorporate them into your home staging process?
Big, bold colors are making a comeback. Neutral tones were very popular for a long time, but people are looking for colors that work together while providing a lot of energy and depth to every room. Use color psychology to determine which shades you should go with.
For example, yellow is associated with happiness and energy, so it’s perfect for the kitchen. Blue and gray can cause you to become calm and less stressed, making them ideal for the bedroom.
Don’t be afraid to go bold with your paint colors and décor. Vibrant accent pillows and throws are fantastic for creating colorful “pops” across any room.
You can make the colors seem less invasive and “in your face” by livening up each room with plants. The benefits of having plants in the house include:
- Boosted mood and productivity
- Less stress
- Cleaner air
- Reduced noise levels
You can choose to have standard green house plants arranged throughout the home or add even more vibrant colors with flowers. Something as simple as a small floral arrangement in a vase can change the feel of a room. They might even improve a buyer’s mood, making them more likely to make an offer.
The bottom line? Don’t be afraid to go bold, and have fun while you’re doing it.
Create an Office
This might seem like a random trend, but it’s one of the most important 2021 will have. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are working from home. Remote work was already on the rise before the pandemic. Now, however, nearly 5 million people are working remotely. Employees and employers alike are recognizing the benefits, which means some employees will start to work remotely permanently.
So, a home office is more of a draw for potential buyers than you might think.
If you already have an office space, make sure it’s clean and disinfected. Clean every surface you can think of, including:
- Light switches
- Dressers and desks
In light of the pandemic and everything it’s caused, people want to feel safe in their homes – even new ones. If you have a home office you’re trying to stage, making sure it’s free of clutter will help a buyer to envision their time spent there.
You should also make the office space look as productive as possible. Again, live plants and bold colors can help. But, make sure it has plenty of natural lighting and limited distractions. A person needs to be able to see themselves working there every day.
Even though we still live in a consumer-based society, minimalism is a growing trend. It’s the practice of not living beyond your means. Minimalists have very little, by choice. They don’t worry about “stuff,” and they tend to like a cleaner, more simplistic look when it comes to their homes.
One way to follow this trend is to make sure your home is free of clutter while you’re staging it. You can also make other small changes that will fit with a minimalistic lifestyle. Use “hidden hardware” on your cabinets so it’s not seen. Let in as much natural light as possible. Create as much floor space as possible.
Most importantly, take your personality out of the equation. As strange as it might sound, your home shouldn’t look “lived in.” It can be a struggle to stage things this way if you have kids. But, minimalism isn’t going anywhere, so it may be a trend worth trying.
Selling your home can be an exciting experience, but it’s also often overwhelming. Keep these staging tips in mind to make the selling process easier and more fun. Plus, with the right staging, your home might only be on the market for a few days before it’s scooped up.
About The Author: Dan Matthews (Twitter) – Writer, Content Consultant, Conservationist, and Lover of all things DIY.
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