Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Glencoe, Deerfield, Winnetka Home Sellers: Staging Tips for Your North Shore Home

Warmer weather typically brings busy schedules to North Shore residents and when selling your home, your to-do list is bound to grow! Now is the time to spring clean from top to bottom, toss out old furniture and knick-knacks, work with your real estate agent to ensure you're on the right track and get ready to welcome North Shore buyers inside.

Staging your home is key to allowing buyers to visualize themselves and their belongings inside the property. As you clean out the clutter this month and begin to set the scene for homebuyers, take into account these must-do's and absolute do-not's of home staging.

Say goodbye to the old
Picture yourself walking into a home in Glencoe, Winnetka, Deerfield, Northbrook or Highland Park and find that the homeowners have old, worn-out furniture. It will likely have an impression on your opinion of the home overall— just for that one reason. When staging your own home to sell, choose the furniture that showcases your home well!

Focus on the home itself
One of the best ways to showcase the features of your home is to allow them to speak for themselves. Don't overwhelm buyers with wallpaper, dozens of knick-knacks or loud decor or distracting wall colors. Keep it simple and when in doubt, do an edit of the space! Anything you feel might take away from a space should be removed.

Be consistent
Think of your North Shore home as a book— every room should be a part of the same story. If you leave one space in disarray while the rest of the home is clean, tidy and updated, buyers will notice. Consistency from room to room is key! Every space should feel comfortable and reflective of the love you have for the property.

Say no to themes
Using themes or bright, bold colors can be a distraction for North Shore homebuyers. In fact, one of the main rules of staging is to stick to a neutral palette. Soft, calming tones allow a buyer to envision their own furniture inside and harmonize with the home, instead of overpowering it.

Remember, there is always a chance North Shore homebuyers will not like your staging job. If you have questions about what buyers are looking for this year, always feel free to reach out to me! With years of experience in area real estate, I can provide you with insight into local buyer's minds!

Janie Bress
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