Seventy-seven percent of buyers' agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home. While staging a home is never guaranteed to make it sell faster, this process certainly presents the home in a more flattering light and can pique the interest of potential buyers.
To be appealing, an entire home does not always need to be staged. Focusing on the living room, master bedroom, and kitchen is a great place to start, as those are the areas that tend to be most heavily trafficked by homeowners. Additionally, it is a good idea to stage a home office as it has become increasingly common for homeowners to need such a space.
As you prepare a home for the market, follow these staging trends to ensure your listing is trendy and inviting to buyers:
Eco-inspiration - Natural textures, as well as leafy green plants, are "in" for home design. Attract potential buyers by using eye-catching eco-friendly pieces such as those made of neutral colors and reclaimed wood.
Unique light fixtures - Artful light fixtures that make a statement can transform a room. Mix shiny metal accents with natural fibers to add texture and sophistication and liven up a drab space.
Outdoor living spaces - If your home has any outdoor living spaces, be sure to stage them with outdoor furniture and cozy pillows and blankets. Incorporating a fire pit can even show that the space can be used in multiple seasons.
Highlight comfort - As Americans have spent more time at home, comfort has become increasingly important as buyers seek a sanctuary away from chaos. Cozy up any living spaces with throw pillows, blankets and staged coffee, tea, and refreshment areas.
Before you list a home, don't forget about landscaping. While not technically considered part of home staging, the landscaping will be potential buyers' first impression of the property. Make sure to lay fresh mulch, trim and tidy up lawns, and power wash home siding and sidewalks.