Finally, right?! Well, I apologize for the long delay, so let’s get started …
Before we go to Step #3,
(since it has been awhile) let’s recap:
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Step #1 – Declutter, Depersonalize, Sort and Pack
You’re moving anyways, so pack and clear the extra clutter!
Step #2 – Neutralize
Neutralize the walls in your home from a neutral color palette – remember bright colors and the task of painting deters your potential buyers.
NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU …
Step #3 – Furniture For Your Home Staging:
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to how much furniture you should have in your home when staging it for sale. Homeowners and real estate agents tend to think that the house needs to be filled with furniture to acquire that “lived-in” and “warm” feeling. Not True!
When staging a home, typically less is better BUT not enough will appear too sparse. Obviously too much furniture will shrink the size of any room, so it is important to not only use the right number of pieces, but also the right sizing of furnishings to match the dimensions of the room. If your furniture pieces are too large, it will automatically downscale your living space.
For example, look at the photo above. I could stage 3 rooms with all that furniture! Whether it is your occupied home or a vacant home that you are staging, my rule of thumb is to have around 3-4 pieces of furniture per room. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule. Living rooms, great rooms and master bedrooms tend to be larger and may require additional piece(s). On the other hand, if your room is small, you can still stay within the 3-4 piece guideline, but you will want to use furnishings on a smaller scale to keep the room in the correct proportions.
That being said – let’s go over some rooms and my typical furniture contents when I am staging a home.
Take a standard bedroom of 10′ x 10′ as an example, I would place a bed (with or without headboard), a night stand and maybe a dresser w/mirror. Simple, clean and classic.
When staging a dining room, I would typically have a dining table and chairs and maybe a buffet table. Again, here is another exception to the rule – often times the dining table and chairs are sufficient when the dining area is a standard size of 11′ x 14′.
Most living rooms or great rooms are often on a larger scale and require additional furniture pieces. I would stage a standard great room 18′ x 24′ with a sofa, coffee table, two accent chairs and a side table. If you have too much more than that, you may end up blocking the natural flow of walking traffic in the area. This, unfortunately, may get interpreted from a potential buyer as not having enough living space.
Here is a vacant home staging that we did in Sun City West. It was necessary to incorporate a few extra pieces, since the size of this living room area was much larger than the standard. However, we still kept the flow of traffic open and uncluttered.
Of course, the placement and layout of your furnishings is the base of your home staging design, but it will be the accessories that you add in the end that will tie everything together and make the home literally come to life!
Those accessories include area rugs, lighting, trees, greenery, accents and decor. Don’t forget comforters, throws and pillows … lots of pillows, which will give you the “POP” of color that will stand out from everything you have since been told to “neutralize”.
To summarize this Step #3, it is important to know the dimensions of the area being staged to determine the necessary sizing, placement and layout, and the number of furniture pieces needed to set your home for staging. There is a fine line of too much furniture and not enough furniture. When staging your occupied home, it may be necessary to put some of those extra pieces of furnishings into storage to create a spacious and model home look.
We’ll talk further in my future home staging steps about furniture placement, specific accessories, where to shop for them and what items give you the most “bang for your buck”! Until then …