As the world becomes more dependent on internet shopping than ever before, our agents will tell you that the real estate market is no exception. In order to compete with other Ridgewood homes for sale, you'll want to show it at its best in an array of listing photographs. But as you've heard, photos don't lie. Even the best photographer needs good staging to create the perfect portfolio. Here are a few tips to help:
Every cook wants a spacious kitchen with plenty of counter space. You can make your counters appear larger by eliminating everything that sits on them. It's time to put away the air fryer, the toaster, the espresso machine, and all the other small appliances you have collected over the years. When all the surfaces have been cleared, clean the entire room until it sparkles. Polish stainless steel and cabinet hardware to a bright gleam. Remove all personal items such as children's art on the refrigerator door or Grandma's cookie jar. Throw open the curtains and let the natural light shine in. Make sure that the view to the outside reflects a similar orderly environment without exterior clutter.
Once again, start the staging process with a thorough cleaning. Beyond baseboards and countertops, pay particular attention to hardware, replacing outdated or poorly maintained faucets. Remove everything remotely personal from toothbrushes to makeup. Remove laundry hampers, bathrobes, and hairbrushes. Put the lid down on the toilet. Hang fresh towels and replace the shower curtain.
Large bedrooms spell luxury to most home buyers. Make the smaller rooms look larger by removing any unnecessary furniture. Declutter completely. Remove any exercise equipment and clothes hampers. If possible, empty the closet. If not, remove all clothes and stored items possible to make the closet look spacious. Replace large beds with smaller ones to increase floor space. Decorate with mirrors to increase the light and create the optical illusion of a larger room. Eliminate collections and all personal memorabilia, replacing with mirrors or artwork.
- Dining room
If this room has been doing double duty as a home office and a dining area, it's time to return it to its original purpose. If the house has an open floor plan, you might want to define the dining area with a rug under the table. Center the rug, table, and overhead lighting to maintain a balanced look. Carefully consider the scale of the furniture to the size of the room. Ignore the magazines that tell you to set the table and ready it for a banquet. Allow the room to speak for itself. Open drapes and curtains for a pleasant, airy feeling.
- Living room
In most cases, this is the room that sells the house, and therefore, requires the most thoughtful care. You want to eliminate all personal items, but you probably don't want bare, boring walls. Artwork is a good way to fill those large blank spaces and to shine a spotlight on built-in shelves. Pay close attention to scale, making sure the size of the furniture is appropriate to the room. Rental furniture is a great option for the living room. Focus on special features with lighting or arrangement of furniture, but don't allow them to take over the image. Revive flooring, be it hardwood, carpet, or tile. Be careful with the use of color, keeping the room generally neutral with an occasional pop of brighter color to create visual interest.
If you're preparing your home to sell, don't hesitate to contact us. Our real estate professionals can help get it on the market while commanding a great price.