When staging a home you are really staging the rooms to attract the right buyer. The living room makeover in this particular area of the city would attract a young, hip buyer. This before photo of the living room for instance is what a buyer would see coming in from the front entrance. Too many personalized photos hanging on the wall and on the table is never a good idea when you want to show a potential buyer a home. Sometimes clients do not have perfect furniture pieces. The furniture is dark and dates back…..I am not sure how long. In this living room there are too many pieces. Sometimes though sellers do not have thousands of dollars to invest in home staging. Knowing that I am always finding ways to stay on budget.
I staged this room on a budget by keeping the existing wall colour. The wall colour is light and a neutral backdrop for a slightly bohemian look. My jumping off point was the kelly green shelf. From there I accessorized with props and textures that complement each other. This living room makeover included affordable furniture pieces. Accessories, a new rug, a floor lamp, table lamp and pops of colour were included as well. The blinds were in good shape but needed to be rolled up to see the window and add natural light as the room is void of overhead lighting. The living room makeover is now waiting for a young buyer!
If you love the colour kelly green check out more amazing photos featuring kelly green right below!
An entryway should always be staged. It is the first impression that a potential buyer has when he/she walks into a home. There is a missed opportunity in some homes that I have seen to make a huge impact visually. An entryway that functions well helps the buyer envision how he or she would use the space. Sometimes entryways are small but with the right mirror or statement art they can draw in potential buyers as well. Larger entryways need more work and should be staged accordingly to their size.
Some tips for a well staged entryway
- Keep it cluttered free-shoes, jackets, umbrellas,hats and purses should be stored away
- Choose the right size console table or bench for the entryway-furniture pieces that are big can make a potential buyer feel cramped and too small furniture pieces in an expansive foyer can look awkward
- Add a mirror or piece of artwork making sure the proportions are right for the space (the frame should be narrower than the width of the console table)
- When staging I like to use baskets, books, plants and other props to make an impact.
I believe bathrooms should always be staged. Bathrooms help sell a home. I love accessorizing them and they are one of my most favourite rooms to stage. In a master ensuite potential buyers want to envision themselves taking a bath/shower in spa like bathroom. The main bathroom in a home should always be clean and updated if possible. Updates may include a new light fixture, mirror, and wall colour.You often do not need a full blown renovation, but considering you can get 75% to 100% of the renovation costs back it is worth investing in if your existing bathroom is very dated.
Here are a few bathroom essentials before putting your house on the market
- Clean the bathroom, I think bathrooms should look spotless
- Remove toilet brushes, cleaning supplies and dirty mats (I typically do not recommend bath mats)
- Remove the bathroom scale if it is visible
- Invest in repairs. Nobody wants a leaky faucet, loose towel bars, chipped tiles or scuffed up walls
- Change the shower curtain if it is dirty, old or torn
- Do not put freshners, or scents in a bathroom
- Use a Stager!!!
This is a main bathroom that I staged just recently. My client installed new granite countertops, sink and faucet not too long ago. I just love the existing wall colour! As soon as I saw the wall colour I knew I wanted to accessorize with pink. It looks so pretty now! Here are the before pictures.
Our family room is one of the first rooms we tackled when we first moved in. The family room was pink and needed a makeover! Our family room had great features like a vaulted ceiling and large windows which was great though. I wanted a light colour palette for the main floor with a slightly coastal feel. Our family room makeover started with removing the popcorn ceiling. This process can be extremely messy so starting with the ceiling is a good idea. The floors were stripped and stained to a custom colour. Scott painted the walls and installed cultured stone on the fireplace wall. New lighting and accessories finished off our living room makeover.
I am happy with my family room, but taking all the elements that I love and rolling them into one eye popping, mouth watering family room like the one designed by designer Jenny Lyons of Dove Studio and Interior Designer Lisa Parke would be heaven. Take a look!
Where to Buy
- Side Table – Joss & Main
- Ceiling Light – Lamps Plus
- Coffee Table – Custom
- Cultured Stone – The Fireplace Center