Home staging is an art as much as a skill. The right home staging inspires higher selling prices, according to the National Association of Realtors; as much as $40,000 over list, in recent survey results.
Not only that, but well-staged homes in 2021 sold an average of nine days faster than homes that weren’t staged.
At Swan Agency, we love helping our clients make more money, faster. That’s why we’ve put together this home staging checklist to use when it's time to list your home.
Make the House Smell Good for Open House
Be sure to appeal to a broad range of senses, in particular the sense of smell. Smell is the sense most closely related to memory. Leaving a good scent impression will help buyers remember being in your home.
The standard best scent for home staging is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. But be unique. In Maine, consider something more specific, like lemon, apple or ocean waves. Browse the Yankee Candle collection for more scent inspiration.
Staging a Dining Room
Set the dining room table with chargers, china and all the accoutrements of fine dining. A dried floral arrangement in the center will look fresh for all your open house showings.
Make the scene look so inviting that buyers will almost be tempted to sit down for the first course.
Bathroom Staging Ideas
Stage the bathroom like it’s a spa, not a bathroom. Place scented votive candles here and there. Hang wall art that reflects a spa-like experience.
Arrange luxury lotions and soaps on the counter. Invest in a rain shower head if appropriate.
Place a jar of natural sea sponges near the tub. Replace light switches with dimmer switches.
Living Room Staging Ideas
Help buyers imagine relaxing on the weekends and enjoying quality family time.
Place books on a coffee table.
Stage a side table and two chairs by a window with a chess board or another board game, in mid-play.
Arrange a soft throw over the arm of the couch or chair.
Kitchen Staging Ideas
Show how enjoyable it is to cook in your home's kitchen. Display your cookbooks on the counter with attractive bookends to hold them in place. Invest in decorative measuring cups and spoons, and hang them on a hook within view.
Open curtains and blinds so views to the outside are unencumbered by window dressings. Arrange a set of three potted herbs on or near a windowsill.
The benefits of home staging include the potential for a faster sale at a higher price than unstaged homes. These home staging ideas are just the beginning.
Contact Swan Agency for additional tips to stage your home that will make a difference to buyers. The brokers at Swan Agency are ready to sell your home.