Overland Park Home Staging Tips for Unused Rooms

1300 s apache dining room furnishedThe purpose of home staging is to draw the buyers into the house emotionally so they say, “wow, we want to live here.” Each home must play up to the senses of the right look, feel and especially smell. Organization and cleanliness are of utmost importance. Keep in mind “the model home look.”

When it comes to unused rooms, it’s better to have it empty than filled with distractions. Each room of the house should be used as intended or vacant. One random chair in the corner of a room is not home staging. Moving out and leaving what you didn’t want is not helping sell the house. Closets filled with items other than clothes sends the message there isn’t enough storage in the house. Home buyers need to see how much space is there for their clothes not your lifelong collection of blankets and suitcases.

Buyers must be able to see themselves living in the house not questioning why it looks the way it does. For example, if you use your finished basement as a catch all, home buyers will wonder what is wrong with the space. It’s meant to be extra living space – either set it up that way and make it look like it’s a fun place to hang out or move all the extra stuff out. It’s not meant to be a dumping ground.

Whether or not to bring furniture in depends on the house. But it must be the right furniture that shows off the lifestyle of the house. As a Realtor first and home stager second, my preference is to stage from the front door. It’s the 10 second rule – within 10 seconds of opening the front door the buyers will either fall in love with the house or they will move on. That may mean staging the living room, dining room and kitchen. The upstairs could be vacant or maybe the master bedroom could be staged.

Each house is unique and has features to play up and down play. That’s the magic of a good home stager. They know how to create the right look for the target market – whether it’s using the seller’s own things or their own inventory. I have found that younger buyers don’t want to buy a house filled with old, outdated furniture. It reminds them of their grandma’s house and they will never buy it. If that’s the case, you might be better off removing everything before selling the house.

If you need help knowing what to do before selling your home in or around Overland Park, please call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.

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