Before and After Tips of a Home Stager
What does it take to sell a home quickly these days? You might need something called home staging. The goal is to create a home interior that looks brighter, bigger and more inviting to potential buyers.A Professional Home Stager at Work
Browse these before and after shots and see how one professional stager uses simple techniques to enhance a home's appearance.
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Unclutter a Messy Room
BEFORE STAGING: Big or small, messes make it difficult for buyers to imagine living there. Always leave your home spotless so buyers see your home at its best. When they view other houses with clutter, your place will stand out as the bright spot.
Bright and Clean
AFTER STAGING: A little straightening up and a new bedspread make a huge difference. Notice the color of the bedspread makes the blue in the carpet pop. The framed photo on the wall makes the room seem more personable.
Decorative Details Can Ruin the Mood
BEFORE STAGING: This colorful border can be a turnoff. Some buyers will think they can't work with those colors, which can mean more time on the market for your home.
Color Can Add Warmth
AFTER STAGING: The stager has placed rented furniture in this room to make it feel less empty and to pull the viewer away from the distracting green border.
Colors such as the red comforter can make a room look more inviting and warm when used properly.
Real Life Doesn't Sell
BEFORE STAGING: With canisters on the counter and towels hanging from the stove, this kitchen definitely looks like it's functional and well used. Unfortunately, buyers don't want to picture you cooking. Clean and uncluttered is always better.
Straight Out of a Magazine
AFTER STAGING: Hang colorful plates and clear away dishes and towels. It might not be as easy to cook while your home is on the market, but your tidy and ideal kitchen will appeal to the masses.
A Cold Hearth
BEFORE STAGING: Empty rooms don't always help sell a house. Although a furniture-free room looks spacious, some buyers would think this room is stark and austere.
Make It Livable
AFTER STAGING: Decorative details like an area rug and some furnishings can help make a room warm, welcoming and stylish.
Ratty and Threadbare
BEFORE: You might have plans for a better couch in your new place, but the ratty, stained one in your current home will not help you close the deal. The coffee table also cramps the living space.
Revamp and Renew
AFTER STAGING: Cover old furniture with a clean slip cover. A bright area rug can hide a scuffed floor. Remove the coffee table to give a feeling of spaciousness.
Function Over Form
BEFORE STAGING: With no accessories, this kitchen's faucet becomes the focal point rather than the glass cabinet faces and high-end countertops.
Form and Function
AFTER STAGING: The small table reveals this space's functionality as a breakfast nook. Colorful dishes highlight the cabinetry and create a sense of energy.
BEFORE STAGING: An easy chair, ottoman, bookshelf and scraggly plants block the window ... This space appears tiny and cramped.
Keep It Simple
AFTER STAGING: Airy and homey decorations in this space preserve the congenial mood without feeling too confined and cluttered.
BEFORE STAGING: It's hard for buyers to imagine living in a home that's left vacant. The dusty drapes and rolled-up carpet still waiting to be removed create an abandoned look.
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