Staging Tips Round-Up: Part I

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I know from over a decade of experience that staging your home can have a huge impact on its saleability. Homes that sit on the market for months at a time have been sold within weeks of staging. It’s one of the fastest growing techniques in real estate because it honestly works.

Staging is all about putting a home’s absolute best face forward and making it more desirable to buyers. With the amount of inventory out there, it’s crucial that your home stand out among the rest. Just like product designers that investment time and money into the right packaging to attract buyers, the same concept works with selling a home.

This round-up is all about getting your home sold faster and for top dollar. I have so many great tips and tricks for home staging that I’ve split the round-up into two posts. Here are the first five posts full of some of my best staging tips and open house ideas.

Staging Tips Round-Up: Part I

White Robe5 Staging Tips That Will Help Buyers Imagine Themselves Living There
Evoking a sense of home is a great asset to selling a home. Staging goes beyond just adding furniture, some artwork and a rug. There are details that go the extra mile to make buyers feel at home. These tips can  give your home a competitive edge over others on the market.

mlsstaging10Staging Tips for MLS Photographs
With the right photography, you can increase your home’s desirability. I always recommend investing in a professional photographer to do the photos. If one doesn’t fit in your budget, check out these staging tips. They will help you take better photographs of your property and get the most out of each photo.

rentalstaging510 Staging Tips for Vacation Rentals
In the competitive vacation rentals market, you want to do everything you can to make sure your property stands out from the rest. With some smart staging, your property can better appeal to renters and make them feel more comfortable choosing your property to spend their vacation. Here are 10 tips for staging vacation rentals.

Open HouseOpen House Staging Tips That Will Make Buyers Feel at Home
Once you have gone through all the steps of properly staging your home for sale, there are extra steps you can take for the day of your open house to stage it for success. If you want to make an impression, try these 10 open house staging tips that will make buyers feel right at home.

7 Unique Open House Ideas To Capture People's Attention | HomeandEventStyling.com6 Unique Open House Ideas To Capture People’s Attention
In this competitive market it is a good idea to get creative with an open house to capture people’s attention and inspire them to come to your event ─ keyword: event. Hosting an event or a party makes an open house more interesting and shows the house in an entertaining mode, which gives it a great energy. Here are 6 unique open house ideas that will capture people’s attention.

Stay tuned for the next staging tips round-up!

Warm regards,
Megan

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters

Shutters are a great architectural detail that go a long way in accenting a home’s exterior. They are a simple addition, but they pack a lot of impact on the right house. It’s one of those custom details that really makes your curb appeal that much more desirable. One way to add some extra character to your shutters is by painting them in a color besides the usual black or white. Choosing a color can make your home stand out from the rest and give it that distinct personality you may be looking for.

These ten homes went outside the box and chose colorful shutters that gave the home life. It’s hard not to be inspired…

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comA grey-blue on the shutters brightens up the exterior on this home and plays well off the crisp white windows and trim.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comMint green pops against the red brick and gives the traditional look a fresh vibe.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comDeep blue shutters contrast beautifully against the white exterior of the home.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comSoft green shutters play well off the orange doors for some Key West character.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comGrey shutters look crisp and clean on this comfortable front porch and set the stage for the turquoise ceiling to pop.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comBurnt red shutters give this barn-style home some chic country charm.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comGreen shutters look sophisticated and play into a French country vibe.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comYellow shutters match the front door and pop on the blue siding of this adorable cottage home.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comAn understated blue looks charming against white siding and red brick steps.

Spice Up Your Curb Appeal with Colorful Shutters | HomeandEventStyling.comOff-white shutters blend with the home’s distressed brick exterior for a classic look.

Colorful shutters in the right hue can freshen up your home’s exterior and breathe new life into its curb appeal.

Warm regards,
Megan

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A Journey Through Home Staging: Before & After

My team and I recently shot a fun before and after video of a home we staged. The house was a completely blank palette. We couldn’t wait to give it warmth and charm with the addition of furniture and accessories. It was a perfect example of how even new house with beautiful bones can benefit from staging.

Even though this house had tons of space and stunning features, it didn’t feel like a home yet. An empty house can feel cold and uninviting. The majority of buyers can’t imagine what it will look like with furniture in it. It’s difficult for them to envision how the rooms can be laid out and how everything can possibly fit into each space. In most cases, they will underestimate the size of an empty room and assume it is small, when in reality it can fit plenty of furniture. If you take out this guesswork for buyers, you are a giant leap ahead.

This video takes you on a journey through the home staging process from start to finish and shows the transformation of this beautiful house into a home. Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When you are taking photographs of a home for the MLS (multiple listing service – your home’s official listing when it goes on the market) you want to do whatever you can to make sure one of those words isn’t “pass.” The truth is, I see too many real estate agents who don’t understand the value of MLS photographs. Viewings and interest increase when photos of a home are more desirable. Most buyers preview a home online before ever seeing it in person nowadays, so it’s important you don’t let yours get lost in the shuffle.

With some time, effort, and a small investment in staging, you can greatly improve your home’s desirability. And with the right photography, you can increase it even more. I always recommend investing in a professional photographer to do the photos, but if it isn’t in your budget, consider renting a great camera with a wide-angle lens. Then, check out these staging tips. They will help you take better photographs of your property and get the most out of each photo.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com1. Show the layout. Buyers want to get an idea of how the house flows and whether it is laid out to their liking. If a home feels choppy or they can’t get an idea of where everything is, it can be a major deterrent.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com2. Include the ceilings. Bad MLS photos often cut out the ceiling entirely, but if you do that the room can appear very claustrophobic. Include at least a little bit of the ceiling in each photo. If you have beautiful vaulted ceilings, really show them off.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com3. Show the property at night. Most people don’t think to include at least one or two shots of the home at night. The truth is, if you have beautiful landscaping and outdoor lighting, this could be a major draw for home buyers.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com4. Offer a different perspective. Taking an extra photo of the backyard from an upstairs balcony or window offers a stunning perspective of the outdoor space that you couldn’t get from the ground floor.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com5. No distractions. Keep surfaces as clear as possible (items that may appear fine in real life can often clutter a photo) and any distractions such as brightly colored art out of the photos, so buyers can pay attention to what’s important: the home’s features.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com6. Clearly define each room. You don’t want buyers wondering, “What is this room for?” Make it obvious. This simple desk and chair clearly define this room as a home office.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com7. Show the room’s set-up. If you took this photo looking straight on the bed, you would have missed how it connects to the bathroom through beautiful double doors or the wonderful arches leading out to the hallway.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com8. Show off architectural features. This beautiful bay window could be a great selling point to a buyer, so you wouldn’t want to leave it out entirely. This photo not only shows the bay window, but how it connects to the rest of the space.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com9. Color balance your photos. If you aren’t using a professional photographer, make sure your photos are color balanced properly. This is important so each space shows as it does in natural light and so any wall colors are not distorted.

Staging Tips for MLS Photographs | HomeandEventStyling.com10. Include special features. Anything special to the home, such as a water feature, should be turned on and displayed in the photographs.

Think of a home’s MLS photographs as one of the most important marketing tools at your disposal and make the most of them. They should make buyers want to see more, not want to pass on it altogether.

Warm regards,
Megan

All Images Courtesy of Isleworth / Stockworth Realty and Photographer Ian Roth

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas

During the summer, everyone is interested in their outdoor space or the ones of the homes they are looking at buying. For buyers, a pool becomes a very enticing luxury while house shopping in the heat. But never assume that just having the pool there is enough to sell it. Some buyers might need that extra nudge, since pools do require a bit of maintenance. One way you can do that is by staging the area with some smart decor. If you can sell the lifestyle, you are one step closer to selling the home. It will help them imagine themselves relaxing out there and all the potential enjoyment they could get from having their own private oasis. Here are some tips and ideas for pool area decorating and staging.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe addition of an umbrella is simple, but calls to mind a luxury hotel or beach vacation. Potted flowers on each corner of the pool add some pops of color.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis furniture cleverly matches the architecture of the home with the wood and white accents.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comHere, simplicity has a very upscale appeal. The candles between each seat are enough to add some elegance and a romantic glow.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comStacking the towels under the end table is a great touch if you are staging your home for sale to get your buyers’ imaginations rolling.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comLanterns placed along the edge of the pool will look great at night, casting a beautiful glow on the water.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comYou can embrace the home’s history with furniture that matches its style, like this vintage wrought iron set with pale blue cushions.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comDepending on how your pool area is set up, consider having multiple conversation areas. A table with an umbrella is perfect for poolside dining, while some Adirondack chairs offer a place for sunbathing.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comYou don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture to get comfort and style by the pool. Here, a twin mattress with some colorful pillows make for laid back charm.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comOutdoor slipcovers have a very elegant look that is also very easy to keep clean. You can pop them in the washing machine regularly for a crisp look.

Pool Area Decorating & Staging Ideas | HomeandEventStyling.comCurtains provide a luxury hotel appeal to a pool area that is easy and affordable to accomplish.

When doing pool area decorating or staging, keep in mind the lifestyle you want to capture.

Warm regards,
Megan

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