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Interior Design & Organizing

HOME STAGING: THE BASICS


Start by thinking of your home as a house, a product that you are trying to sell.

The buyer needs to be able to imagine themselves, their things and their décor in the house.  

De-personalize (take down family photos, personal items)

Neutralize (neutral paint, décor, furnishings)

Rooms should be set up to show the typical activity for that room.

Family Room – Gathering and watching TV

Dining Room – Eating meals

When possible show multiple functions for a room.

Clean, clean, clean!  No odors, bugs, pets, food or mildew

Check for and repair scuffs, chips, cracks in paint.  

Have all light fixtures working, clean and with new bulbs.

Have fresh scents throughout the house, but not overwhelming.

Remove all “clutter”

Stacks of magazines, newspapers, bills, papers

All magnets, photos, etc. from refrigerator

Small appliances, utensils, etc. from kitchen counter

Toiletries from bathroom counter

Remove anything precious, valuable or fragile.

Keep all cabinets, pantries & closets organized so the space looks larger.

Keep only the necessities and store the rest.  

Have all items facing the same direction.

Use all the same type of hangers.

Remove most coats from the coat closet.

Simplify window treatments: should be neutral and allow in as much light as possible.