5 Tips for Staging a Vacant Home

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January 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm  •  Posted in A Seller's Guide, Blueprint, Real estate, Selling a Home by  •  0 Comments

You have a home you are trying to sell and it’s beautiful! Four bedrooms, two and a half baths, full basement, but the trouble is nobody is actually living there anymore and all the furniture is gone. Never fear, you have a few options for staging, or at least give the illusion of staging.

  1. Hire a professional stager – An individual or a group of professional interior designers will come into the home and furnish it from top to bottom based on your specific wants, needs and budget. Pretty easy, but this option could range anywhere from $300 – $1,000.
  2. Stick to the bare essentials – Sometimes less is more. Don’t worry about furnishing every single inch of the property but just stick to a few key pieces of furniture. Buyers want to envision their things in a space, not yours. If you go this route, make sure the items you use are modern. Using your Grandmother’s old furniture will give the entire property an old, musty look to it.
  3. Ghost furniture – Having no furniture makes rearranging a cinch! No big, heavy dressers to shift around a room by yourself. Instead, consider ghost staging which consists of using painters tape and taping outlines of where furniture might sit. To avoid making it look like a crime scene, just use small hash marks to mark corners of the ghost furniture. This concept allows potential buyers the ability see what a layout might be like but easily rearrange in their minds what they like.
  4. Go digital – It’s the 21st century and we have loads of technology at our fingertips. Use this to your advantage by taking a photo of the room and having a 2D or even 3D rendering made showing furniture in the space. This way your clients get the best of both worlds, seeing the room both empty and staged.
  5. Ask your agentYour real estate professional will best know how to market your vacant property.

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