Staging Your Home for the 2020 Housing Market

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If you're planning on selling your home, proper preparation and staging can make a huge difference.  It's important to keep in mind that peoples tastes change over time, and the staging techniques that were popular when you bought your home might not impress buyers today.  If you really want to get the most value out of your home when you sell, it helps to stage your home in a way that will appeal to most buyers in the current housing market.  Fortunately, there are many ways to accomplish this.  The goal is to help buyers see your home as a place they could live and fill with their own style, and these suggestions will help you to achieve tjs even if tastes have changed since you last decorated your home.  

Maximize Your Lighting

A lot of modern buyers are looking for function as well as form when looking at homes.  One example of this is good lighting  Make sure that windows are clean and that your window treatments allow natural light to come through.  Check that you have sufficiently bright bulbs in your fixtures, and make sure none are burned out.  You may consider adding accent lights in places like the kitchen or bathroom where potential buyers might want additional light.  If you really want to wow buyers, you could even install smart bulbs that can be controlled from a smartphone or smart speaker.  

Keep It Earthy

Color trends change over time.  At the moment, warm colors are hot.  When staging your home, work with accent colors such as chocolate, olive green, beige and wine to tie your various decorations together.  This will add splashes of warm, earthy color that's neither too bright nor too dark.  As an added benefit, these shades go well with a wide range of wall and floor options, so you can add some nice earthy accents without having to completely renovate your home.

Touch Up The Walls

If your walls are too mild or too wild, consider adding a fresh coat of paint before you get ready to sell your home.  There are several colors that are popular right now, including a number of shades of blue, gray and green.  You can usually get away with some light pink and gold shades too, as well as the occasional off-white.  You don't want anything too bold in most rooms, just something that will give a bit of color to the room.  But feel free to go a little darker if you're paintng a bathroom or bedroom.  

De-Personalize the Home

You may have heard that it's a good idea to make your home look lived in, since that can help potential buyers see it as an actual living space instead of just a showcase.  Having some unique decorative items and other accents can really help buyers to picture their own stuff in your home  Just make sure you take out anything that's overly personal, like family photos, items with your family name and other keepsakes.  Leave your decorations a little sparse too.  The goal is to inspire buyers and help them picture where they would put their belongings and their own pictures, and it's hard to do that if there are pictures of your family everywhere or decorations filling every available space.

Finding The Right Look

If you're not exactly sure how to stage your home, ask for the help of your real estate professional.  We have a team of professionals that we work with, and we offer a free staging consultation.* Call us at (813) 359-0880 for more information.

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