Home Staging: How to Breathe Life Back into Your Home

by Golden Path Real Estate 01/12/2020

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You don't have to be an interior designer to bring color and life into a home when you put it on the market. And you certainly don't have to drop thousands of dollars to hire a professional stager, either. For most properties, a few staging basics can make all the difference between a hollow, echoing home and one that prospective buyers can actually imagine living in.

These top tips won't cost you much money, time or effort, but they can make a big impact. 

1. Hang up towels. 

Colorful, soft towels on the racks in the bathroom soften the space's edges and make it feel like an actual washroom. The same goes for the kitchen: choose a few simple, trendy tea towels to hang up in the kitchen to soften up the space. If there's a space to hang a towel, fill it. 

2. Place a few rugs. 

An empty living area will always benefit from a large rug, even if you're not staging with any furniture. A mostly-white space can take a colorful, trendy rug, so don't hesitate to choose something lively to make your living room feel a little more alive. A rug in the kitchen and bathrooms can also work wonders for those rooms. 

3. Add some color. 

Toss a colorful throw across the foot of a bed. Place a bowl of fruit on the kitchen island. Add a few fresh flowers to a vase in each bathroom. These small touches don't cost much, but add a personal touch that transforms the way visitors view a space. 

4. Put a wreath on the front door and a new doormat at the entrance. 

An in-season wreath or "welcome home" sign feels far more homey than a blank door with a realtor's lock gracing the doorknob. Add a fresh, new door mat and a large potted plant if you have room for it, and suddenly you've created a warm, welcoming entryway. 

5. Minimize. 

When in doubt, go with less. This is particularly important--and challenging--if you're selling your primary residence. You'll want your space to be as neat, clutter-free and open as possible. Box up excess stuff and put it in storage if necessary so your closets and storage spaces aren't filled to capacity. 

If you find yourself listing multiple properties at a time, you'll quickly develop a quick-staging system--and a collection of a few key items you can use to stage practically any home you list.

Here's an added caveat about hiring a pro. Look at comps in your neighborhood as you firm up your approach for your property. Historic homes and niche homes in choice neighborhoods sometimes all but require a full staging to appeal to the buyers you want to attract. If you're certain it's worth it, by all means, make the investment. Otherwise, mini-stage it yourself using the tips above, and wait for the offers to roll in. 

About the Author
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Golden Path Real Estate

Yolanda and Durnee bring over sixty years combined experience in real estate working with clients in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. They have seen all types of changes to the industry and have been a part of making change in the industry. They are both community activists and have worked to help stop redlining, predatory lending practicing and unfair regulations and taxation of homeowners and buyers. 

Yolanda has been President of Real Estate Associations and non-profits such as Southwest Los Angeles Association of Realtors, Southwest Los Angeles Rotary and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. She is a Girl Scout co-leader, member of her community school counsel and is licensed in both real estate and life insurance. 

Durnee is a gentleman who still believes in holding doors open for women, while appreciating their intelligence and independence. He has organized community events, has severed on the board and member of several non-profits such as Consolidated Realty Board and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. Durnee has a background in flooring and window treatment. He also can design closet for functionality taking advantage of unused space.  

Yolanda and Durnee enjoy working as a team because they complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They absolutely enjoy hanging out with family and friends, you will usually find Durnee on the grill at family functions and Yolanda baking or throwing something in the pot bringing that comfort food to the table. They both love gardening they have been jokingly called Lisa and Oliver Douglas of Green Acres because no one believed that they get down and dirty in garden. Until they saw the results. They enjoy vacations and stay-cations and always strive to make every day special in some little way. They have been working eating healthier and get back to going to the gym. However, it seems like some days are harder than other. They were doing so good then…………. well tomorrow is another day. 

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