Home staging begins with clearing out the clutter and deep cleaning each room. This real estate marketing concept also entails ‘setting the stage’ to showcase the best features of your home. This can be readily achieved by storing away personal mementos and excess furniture. Add in a fresh coat of paint, some new linens, and a few key items to highlight a potential use for a room, and the stage is set.
The most common rooms which are staged include the family room, kitchen and dining room, bathrooms, and the master bedroom. But what about the lesser-used rooms in your home? Should they be staged too?
The answer is up to you, but if you’re looking to get the most out of staging your home for the real estate market, including the easily overlooked areas of your home is worth considering. I’m talking about spaces such as the garage, a spare bedroom and even the laundry/mud room.
The Garage. This is a space where you have two excellent directions to take when it comes to www. Either keep it clean and organized with good storage options for tools and equipment, alongside room to park your car, or get creative. The garage is a space towards which many homeowners are turning to increase their living area.
The garage has endless potential for remodeling inspiration. Some ideas include a home gym, game room, art or music studio, a new master suite, or an extended family space. Check out this great photo gallery of inspired garage renovations from House Logic for more ideas.
The Spare Bedroom. If you have an extra bedroom, whether you’ve used it for your arts and crafts, a storage space or as a place for guests to stay, this room deserves a bit of staging too. Go beyond setting up yet another bedroom area and get creative to help inspire potential buyers as they view your home. Setting up a well-organized home office, a game and movie room, or even a meditation space for yoga can highlight that the possibilities are as varied as one’s own imagination.
The Laundry/Mudroom. You may wonder, why would I need to stage that space? It’s just a practical area, not a place where anyone wants to spend time. And there’s your answer as to why. If you make your laundry/mudroom a place that’s welcoming, the charm and positive impressions are sure to stick with potential buyers as they view your home.
Staging this type of space also won’t take much, so you can get more bang for your quick buck in a short period of time. Set up a space for beach gear to be readily accessible yet organized. Have pets? Create a pet supply station complete with storage for food and toys. In the laundry room clear out as much of the extra clutter as possible; if there’s space, set up a small table and chair for a comfy folding station. The idea is to encourage the homey feeling in every room.
Staging your home can help you sell your property quickly as it showcases the best features of your home in a creative way. Don’t stop with the main rooms; include the lesser-used rooms too and you’ll be on your way towards creating a memorable impression for potential buyers to take with them. When you are ready to experience life in the Florida Keys year-round, or want to buy or sell a home in the Key West area, please contact me, Jimmy Lane, for all of your real estate needs.