"Bright & Light" Staging Tips
The concept of "Bright & Light" sells homes.
Here are 6 ways to make your home appeal to buyers and sell for the right price.
1. Light up every room
Perspective buyers want to have the feeling that you are not hiding anything when it comes to your home. Turn on every light in every room before each showing. You are not trying to create ambience, you are trying to sell someone the biggest investment they may ever make.
2. Strip the windows
Take down the drapes. "Light and Bright" sells; and although your window treatments may be beautiful, they date and darken your home. You can opt to keep the sheers if you would like. Blinds? Pull them all the way up. Leaving blinds down, even if partially open, reduces light up to 50%. Most importantly, make sure your windows are sparkling clean.
3. Update your fixtures
Updating your light fixtures can instantly bring your space from drab to fab. If you are not wanting to paint, an updated light fixture in your dining room, kitchen or master bedroom will give your room a refreshed look at a fraction of the cost.
4. Accessorize with white in the bathrooms
The color white communicates cleanliness and gives a space the feeling of being fresh and new. If you do not want to paint the entire room or replace countertops, use accessories like white towels, a white shower curtain, white frames, or a white soap dish to stage this area and give it the appeal it needs. As a side note, if you have bath mats, be sure they are white and new. If your floors are a selling point, then ditch the bath mats all together.
5. Switch out personal photos or art with mirrors
Mirrors maximize light and make any space look larger, and brighter. Replace art with mirrors on a couple of key walls. For example, if you have a beautiful view, place a mirror opposite of it to display that view from a different angle. Some mirrors can serve a dual purpose maximizing light while acting as art.
6. Add metallics in main living areas
Metallic objects can give a modern, luxurious feel to any space. They are glamorous neutrals and do not commit to a specific color scheme. Adding a metallic pillow, a bronze coffee table, a copper garden stool, or a silver tray in a main living area adds interest and reflects light.
As a relocation specialist, I have handled a variety of moves for my clients—state to state, local and temporary moves. If you are unable to hire out the job, here are five tips for making your move easy.
1. Download a moving checklist
Do not be afraid to cross out what does not apply to your needs and add additional items that may be unique to your situation. Here is one offered at Real Simple.
2. Stock up on supplies
If you are handling your own move, be sure to have the following basics on hand.
3. Schedule a pick up with your local charity
Designate one room in your house as the "donate" room. As you pack, add items to this location and schedule pick up for three days prior to move. If you have access to your home after the move, schedule the pick up for the day after the move because inevitably you will have items to add on moving day.
4. Hire a sitter
Whether for your human babies or fur babies, scheduling a sitter the day before and day of the move will decrease your stress tremendously.
5. Be prepared
On the day of the move, you should not be packing anything. Be courteous to your movers. There are few things more frustrating than to be moving an unprepared person. All your items should be boxed, labeled and ready to go.
Before anyone arrives, go room by room and double check that you are ready. This includes emptying all cabinet and furniture drawers.
Remember, think through the process. Have a plan. If you do, I dare say you may enjoy your moving day more than expected.