Staging to Sell: How Much Stuff is Too Much?

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” – Le Corbusier

We have almost 20 years in the home staging industry; during this time, we have found dozens if not hundreds of ways for sellers to increase the value of their home without ever having to call a contractor.  In this blog post, we will be focusing on a couple of easy and inexpensive ways to accent the areas of your house to show off its storage capacity and spaciousness.

  • before after clean house Keep It Clean. This may seem obvious, but it’s something that sellers can accomplish and then forget to maintain over the course of multiple days or weeks. As you near the listing your house, emphasize its cleanliness, treat it like your in-laws are coming over for a week.  Clean everything.  Make the floors shine, steam the carpets, and put all of the clutter into storage.  Once you have accomplished “clean,” switch to the “Keep” part of “Keep it Clean.”

Life has a way of making it easy to let the clutter pile up or allow well organized spaces erode into disarray as the days pass.  When selling, you will need to stay vigilant and keep everything tidy and in its place.  During this period, adopt the mantra “If it takes less than 5 minutes to do, do it now.” This will encourage you to develop the habit of maintaining the immaculate condition of your home.  Continuing to do this throughout the sales process will help your house to appear livable, not lived-in, and that is what buyers want to see.

  • Storage Shclosetould Remain Half Empty. Whether it’s your closets or cabinets, shelves or sheds, you need to flaunt the holding capacity without cramming too much into a space.  In your closets, take out half or more of your clothes and space out the remaining clothes evenly providing an open and spacious energy that makes the closet seem larger.  This process works the same in your kitchen cabinets, book shelves, and even the backyard shed.  Order and organization streamline storage and maximize the amount a surface can hold, making each surface appear larger, aesthetically pleasing, and more valuable.

Keep following our blog for more helpful hints and tips to sell your home for top dollar.  Contact us any time for a consultation or redesign.

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