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Staging Your WDC Home to Sell

What is the goal of staging your home? A well-staged house will help buyers visualize themselves living in a space. When a buyer can do this, and they feel good about a property it can help them towards the decision of making an offer.

You may think an empty house gives a blank slate for people to imagine how they will furnish a room, but you’d be wrong. The truth is most of the population needs a bit of a starting point, a visual idea of how a room could be used. This is where good home staging comes in.

Sure, everyone knows what goes on in the kitchen and dining room. If you have a family room and living room, extra bedrooms, or a finished basement, room uses can be open to interpretation. Either way, staging rooms to be ‘ready for action’ helps highlight the different areas of your home.

Fewer pieces of furniture help keep rooms feeling spacious, so take advantage of your staging prep-time and donate excess furniture or put it in storage for when you move to your new home. You can also set up a small vignette or scene in a room to suggest what the room can be used for. Have a partially built puzzle or game board set up for play on a table in the family room for example.

A home with multiple bedrooms can help enhance the home staging impact. Stage your master bedroom and a second room as a guest bedroom, fit for comfort and sleep. Use a third or fourth bedroom as an office area, craft room or yoga room. Whatever use you choose to stage a room for, keep accessories to a minimum.

One big staging mistake to avoid is over-staging. Too many things in one room will overwhelm. Too much of the same type of thing, or an obvious theme throughout the house will also overwhelm, as will too much color. The key is to find a balance. Just a few pieces of furniture, and a few items on the walls or shelves is enough. You may love the ocean, but the whole house shouldn’t showcase a nautical theme.

Color is a tricky aspect to get right. Neutral tones of paint are ideal as bright or vibrant shades don’t always go over well, but a little bit of color is better than an all-white house. Going all white can feel a bit too sterile, not an aesthetic you want to convey in your home to potential buyers. Consider adding in a second or third color as accents. These colors can be within the neutral family shades, ranging from off-white, to tans and greys.

There’s a current trend of accepting a wider range of colors as neutral in tone. Light shades such as pale sage, or robin-egg blue evoke a feeling of calm and sense of welcome, which many a home designer is embracing as are home buyers. Accent walls of a darker, richer tone such as a terra cotta red can add an architectural focal point to a room, just just be sure to limit the number of walls you choose to accent. You can also incorporate color through decorations such as pillows, drapery or art.

The key to a well-staged home is to keep it simple. Find more insights about good staging with this article and set the stage to sell your home. When you’re ready to sell your property, make the process easier by working with trusted, local Realtors® who understand the residential real estate market. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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