Staging is a great, not so secret, way to show your home in the best light. Savvy sellers know that, by staging their home, they can help buyers envision the home as their own. For vacant homes, I offer staging services and supplies. For owner occupied homes, I offer staging consultations and assistance. Here are some tips to stage for photos and showings.
To start, you want to clear counters and declutter as much as possible. Clear counters give buyers an idea of how much counter space there is, and decluttering can make any room look bigger. Stage and get a jump start on packing by boxing up all of the additional and out of season items in your home. Donate what needs to be donated, and store the rest until you move. You can store boxes in the garage. Just try to organize them in one spot.
Next, you'll want to depersonalize the house. Remove family photos and personalized art. It's easier for buyers to visualize themselves in the home if pictures of the current owners aren't scattered about. The same goes for your collections. You may love your taxidermy or porcelain dolls, but buyers probably won't. Removing them makes the space more neutral and helps create space.
After decluttering and depersonalizing, the next step is rearranging. Look closely at the spaces in your home. Sometimes making small adjustments to the furniture arrangement can open a space up and make movement flow better from room to room.
Finally, consider adding some finishing touches. Fresh flowers, a beautiful table setting, a lamp, and a new throw pillow or blanket can add some color and breath life to a room.