You’ve decided to put your home on the market. You have this plan in your head that will make your move the easiest, most streamlined process (with the help of the Mobile Attic, of course). With local storage out of the way, the next step would be…to sell the house. Simple enough, right? Then the realtor hits you with the monumental task of staging your home.
You may ask, what’s wrong with this elegant style that I’ve been cultivating over years of my life? The expression of your very soul. Every room represents a compartment of your own mind. Exaggerations aside, we all have that attachment to the look and feel of our homes. Nonetheless, future home buyers don’t want to be blindsided by baseball memorabilia and a rather large ceramic bear collection. You are simplifying the theme of your home (and renovating that style) so that it can appeal to a wider audience.
Big task with an easy solution; as always, Mobile Attic is here to help.
Start from Scratch!
This should simplify the process greatly, assuming you have some time on your hands. Unless you are the procrastinating type, there should already be a few things in your portable storage container. House staging is an art; like any art, it certainly helps to start with a blank canvas. Remove everything or almost everything from the main living spaces for a day or two; if you have the luxury of being able to wait some time, the mental distance from your original furniture arrangement will help the creative process.
Everything will be safe with your friendly neighborhood local storage solution. Think long and hard about the furniture that is going into the main areas. You want to simplify, so reduce the number of surfaces and sitting areas to open the space, showing off the natural shape of the room. If you’re the visual type, it may help to plan the furniture placement on a piece of paper before you start moving things.
Brighten things Up!
This would probably be a good time to consult the previous post on colors; they will, I repeat, WILL make or break your home for potential buyers. It’s just one of those things that is purely subjective, but if you do it right, it could make buyers feel butterflies. Try to be mindful of furniture colors. House staging gives you an excuse to go to the local home décor shop so that you can find pillows, throws, and afghans that will compliment your color selection. The accessories also tend to tighten the space back up to a reasonable degree, which will be incredibly helpful after you just removed half of everything.
The icing on the cake, if you have the patience, would be to add some living plants to the house. This not only adds to the diversity of color, but it also instigates a psychological response where the person in the room sees the signs of life and associates that positively with the living space.
Make it Inviting!
The first big step to making your newly arranged room presentable would be to clean the whole thing. I can’t think of anything more off-putting to a potential buyer (aside from major structural damage, I guess). Once we get that out of the way, you should pay attention to how the lighting effects your mood as you enter. Indirect light works well with more vivid colors, while you may want to do something cooler or more subdued in natural light. Fluorescent lights give off a subtle blue hue that can distort some colors, so keep that in mind. The goal is to have the buyer feel like they could live in the environment, and the lighting can make things feel incredibly homey.
The last tip is a well known trivia fact about the Magic Kingdom. Smells like popcorn and cookies are pumped through the park to make you feel welcome and relaxed. The goal is for the patrons to associate the great smell with the park itself. Learn from this valuable technique! Leave a tray of chocolate chip cookies in the oven; this could be the cherry on top of your elegantly staged home.
Whether you are decluttering or forming that blank canvas, Mobile Attic is your local storage option that will turn your move into something simple and wonderful, just like your newly staged home!