Staging to Sell your home? Check out these 8 tips

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Spring is often the time homeowners look to jump into the housing market. Good home staging can make the difference between your home being an active listing with a lot of interest, and a house with a worrying amount of days on market. Make the most out of what you have by great presentation.

Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, lifestyle expert Mar Jennings shares a 8 tips if you’re staging to sell your home.

Click on the video above to watch Mar Jenning’s full interview with News 8’s Stephanie Simoni.

They discuss these 8 tips for homeowners:

  1. Before you can stage a home, you need a great lead-in photo to work with. Know your listing to-be. Do research on the home and the location. A little advance legwork will help you tell the story of the home in an inviting and enticing manner to potential buyers.
  2. Make repairs and finish projects. If you’ve started a project and didn’t finish it off, or have broken shingles or cracked floors, fix them. Letting buyers see these flaws will reduce offers. Finishing up and fixing up will actually pay for themselves in the end.
  3. Get rid of clutter – You love your stuff and its personal to you, but it can be off-putting to a potential buyer. Clear up the clutter and overcrowding by as much as half and depersonalize. This gives your home a spacious feel, and allows people to imagine themselves and their things in the house.
  4. Create spaces within spaces – Grouping your furniture instead of plastering everything up against the walls makes the space feel more functional and roomy. Conversation groupings are cozy too.
  5. Proper lighting – Most homes are not well lit. It is something easily and commonly overlooked, but it makes a huge difference in the feel of each room. Consider adding the three forms of lighting (ambient, task and accent) in each room for a bright, warm and welcoming look.
  6. Unify background color – Keeping the walls in contiguous rooms, ceilings, trim and window treatments all the same or shades of the same neutral color makes a home feel spacious and airy. Neutrality is the most universally appealing.
  7. Introduce color sparingly. Source inexpensive accessories like pillows, throws and lots of fresh flowers etc. for exciting pops of color. Re-purpose items from other areas of your home. It’s like shopping for free, and your thing swill look so different when you move them around. Accent walls are another simple way to introduce a shade of color without a huge commitment potential buyers might not agree with.
  8. The rule of threes – Grouping accessories is an art. Avoid even numbers when adding interesting items or collections to tables, shelves and walls. Thing in groups of threes for the designer look. Vary the shapes, width and height of items for the same reason.

For more information, visit Mar Jennings’ website at www.marjennings.com.

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