These days, you need more than a for-sale sign out front and a touch of curb appeal to attract potential buyers. They’ll likely being viewing listings on the Internet before ever scheduling a showing, which means your home needs to stand out from the crowd if you want to entice someone to actually set foot inside the front door. Hint: It’s all in the images. So, before your real estate agent sets up a photography session, you’ll want to be sure and get the place looking especially attractive. Here, Realtor.com offers up some tips on how to stage a home for the perfect photo op.
Make the living room light and bright
Changes in the living room can make a huge difference in the appearance of the listing photos. For example, the room will look much better without dated furniture, and the window treatments should be clean, modern and fresh. Tip: Furniture pieces with exposed legs will give the illusion of more space as opposed to furniture sitting directly on the floor; it allows the eye to see more of the floor and makes the space feel larger. Swapping out a painting for a mirror also makes a room feel light and bright by reflecting the view outside. Let in more light by framing the view with curtains.
Declutter the kitchen
Selling a home is difficult if the buyers can’t picture themselves in the kitchen. No matter how small a space you’re working with, a simple way to make a big statement is to declutter counter space. For a sleek design, remove chunky pieces such as wine racks and then add smaller items. Also try adding lighter bar stools to add more space, while keeping the room functional. More streamlined lighting fixtures also help to visually expand this room.
Tone down the bedroom
The wall color in a bedroom needs to evoke relaxation. So, stay away from aggressive colors such as red and opt instead for neutral soft blue and greens that will help sell better than taste-specific colors. Also try adding furniture that can be seen through, as well as large-scale artwork and floor-to-ceiling curtains to make the space feel bigger. Another smart move is to take out the carpet and replace it with hardwood flooring and a large area rug. New window treatments that frame the view and greenery also is a nice touch, along with adding balance with side tables on both sides of the bed.