A staged home sells faster – and for more money – than a home that hasn’t been staged does… but if you’re like most people, you’re not sure where to start. You can certainly hire a professional home stager, but if that’s not in the cards for you, check out these seven essential tips for staging a bedroom that can help you sell your home quickly (and at the right price).
7 Essential Tips for Staging a Bedroom to Sell Your Home
The National Association of REALTORS® conducted a study that showed staging can increase the dollar value on offers – sometimes by as much as 5 percent. On a $1 million home, that’s up to $50,000, so you really can’t afford not to stage your home. The bedrooms are some of the most important rooms, too. Many buyers expect to find posh, relaxing havens, and if you don’t deliver, they’ll keep looking at other homes without falling in love with yours. Your Naples REALTOR® will offer you plenty of tips on staging your bedrooms, but check out the seven most important things you can do:
- Choose a neutral color palette
- Clear out every last bit of clutter
- Bring in some plants
- Trim down your furnishings
- Add layered lighting
- Bring in a full-length mirror
- Invest in fresh bedding
Here’s a closer look at each.
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #1: Choose a Neutral Color Palette
Think about your favorite luxury hotel, the posh spa you can’t wait to spend time in, or the most comfortable B&B you’ve ever stayed in. The bedrooms are soothing, relaxing and maybe even a little luxe, aren’t they? That’s exactly what you’re going for when you’re staging a bedroom. Choose neutral colors, like soft greens, beiges and browns, pale blues or light grays; each bedroom in your home should be easy on the eyes. It should make prospective buyers want to relax because it looks soft, calming and soothing.
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #2: Clear Out Every Last Bit of Clutter
Clutter has no place in an idyllic paradise, so everything that contributes to clutter – either visual or actual – needs to find a new home while your house is on the market. Put away excess trinkets, stash away books and paperwork, take down over-the-top decor and make sure the entire space is neat and clutter-free. If you have collections on display, put them in storage until you’ve sold your home.
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #3: Bring in Some Plants
A live plant or two can really make a space – particularly a bedroom – feel more livable. A small tree in an unused corner, a beautifully flowering plant on a nightstand or even freshly cut flowers on the dresser all make nice touches when you’re staging a bedroom. Think about keeping easy-to-maintain plants in your home’s coziest places, such as:
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #4: Trim Down Your Furnishings
Unless your bedroom is exceptionally large, you’ll want to keep things pretty basic. Keep your bed, bedside tables and dressers in place; if you have a reading nook, a comfortable chair is the perfect touch. Don’t include any furniture that makes the space appear smaller or that makes it more difficult to navigate. You don’t want buyers to have to turn sideways to get from the door to the window – you want them to have ample walking room so they get a feel for how comfortably roomy the space is.
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #5: Add Layered Lighting
An overhead light isn’t sufficient for a bedroom, even if it has a dimmer switch. Add lamps to your bedside tables, and place a standing lamp in your reading nook or a little-used corner (such as the one you’re going to add a plant to).
Pro Tip: Your lamps don’t have to match perfectly, but they should be from the same design era.
Staging a Bedroom – Tip #6: Bring in a Full-Length Mirror
Mirrors serve two purposes in home staging: They multiply light and make buyers feel like the space is more comfortable. Adding a full-length mirror lets buyers imagine getting ready for a big day in the bedroom, which makes them feel right at home. Remember, when you’re selling a home, you’re doing more than asking buyers to purchase four walls and a roof. You’re selling them the lifestyle they want – and when you’re staging your bedroom, one of the best ways to do that is to make them feel like they’ll have the perfect place to wind down, relax, or get ready to greet the outside world.
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Staging a Bedroom – Tip #7: Invest in Fresh Bedding
Comfortable-looking spaces sell, so add a splash of luxury to your bedroom by investing in fresh, new bedding. Choose a new duvet cover, a bed skirt that covers the box spring, fluffy pillows (but not too many, because an abundance of pillows makes the bed look crowded and cluttered) and an ultra-posh throw at the foot of the bed.
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