By: Shirley Haugen
Staging Tips That Work!
Turn on ALL lights & lamps throughout just like the model homes. Open all blinds, shutters, curtains, etc. Think light & bright! Use candles and or oil diffusers to keep a pleasant scent in the home. Leave toilets seats and lids down. Remove pets from home during showings when possible. Also, remove all signs of pets – food/water dishes, litter boxes, pet beds, etc. Play soft background music (light jazz is nice). Make sure everything is clean, organized & in its place. Lock up or hide away any valuables, jewelry, weapons and/or prescription drugs. Replace any burned out light bulbs. Non-florescent bulbs add a nice warm glow and work best for the home photography.When staging the Master Bedroom think “5 Star Hotel”. Store away any exercise equipment. De-clutter and remove excess personal photos and accessories.When staging the Master Bath think “Luxury Spa”. Keep counters clutter-free with personal items, toiletries, toothbrushes, etc. hidden from view. Clean & shine everything, especially the vanity mirror & shower glass. Invest in a good quality window “squeegee” that can be used after every shower. Keep dirty clothes & towels hidden from view. Remove magazines, plungers, toilet brushes, bathroom scales, garbage cans, air fresheners, etc. Replace any fluorescent bulbs with incandescent, LED or halogen bulbs for better light – this is true throughout the home, but especially in the bathrooms and master.