If I had to pick only nine Benjamin Moore paint colors to ever use in staging a house, these would be my nine. The first six are sophisticated neutrals that work best in bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms. They all look good with cloud white trim.
Powell Buff HC 35
Monroe Bisque HC 26
Shaker Beige HC 45
Bleaker Beige HC 80
Manchester Tan HC 81
Revere Pewter HC 172
Chantilly Lace OC 65
Cloud White 967
Navajo White OC 95
White Trim Colors make up my remaining color choices. Chantilly Lace, a true white, goes best with Bleaker Beige, Manchester Tan, and Revere Pewter. Cloud White, a color in-between white and ivory, looks good with the sophisticated neutrals I mentioned and is used 85% of the time. Navajo White, a creamy/ivory white, goes best with Powell Buff, Monroe Bisque, and Shaker Beige.
One of the secrets to making your home look bigger while staging your home to sell, is freeing up open space! Get rid of clutter and as many personal items as you possibly can before showing your home! In this case study above, a client's living room was full of clutter: throw pillows, books, knick knacks, even the furniture placement didn't optimize the room. You must pay attention to architectural focal points! Place them in the spotlight! In this room's case, the fireplace and windows are beautiful. The windows were covered by curtains, and a chair was postitioned right in front of the fireplace, hiding it. Once the curtains came down, leaving the valances, the room opened up in the light. We also trimmed down some of the personal items, placed things out in a more symmetrical manner, and removed clutter from the bottom shelf of the coffee table. None of these changes cost a penny, and it didn't take much time either! Remember, there are always quick and cheap staging secrets! Call me or email to set an appointment today!
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Many of my Project Pic blog posts have to do with Home Staging, and the one point I am always sure to reiterate is that neutrals are very important. You need to wipe the slate of your house clean for potential buyers to picture your home as theirs and fall in love. Today, I am going to divulge a few more of the secrets that I share with my clients!
Not On Trend: This is huge. If the decor of the house is not consistent with the expectations of your demographic, you will not close any deals. (i.e. wood paneling, very outdated wall paper, bold paint, outdated flooring, etc.). If you want to make money, sometimes you need to spend a little money. It doesn't have to necessarily be an expensive endeavor. If you are really stuck, contact me!
Opinionated Decor: Defintely remove any political and religious items in your home, as much as possible. Not only may they not appeal to a potential buyer, it could go even so far as to offend them, immediately shutting down any chance of a sale.
Trash: No one wants to see it. I'm guessing you don't even like to leave it around while living in a house. Buyers won't want to see it, either. Put a lid on your trashcan, and if it is an inside trashcan, try to store it in a cupboard. If outside, put it behind the garage, or somewhere that is out of plain sight.
Maintenance: During the winter months, make sure the driveway and walkways are plowed and shoveled. Do not leave any holiday decorations out. In warmer weather, make sure that the landscaping is tended to. You want your garden to appear "taken care of", and for your lawn to be mowed. Buyers will not pay top dollar for a house that comes with a "To-Do'" list.