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Home staging tips for do-it-yourselfers


NEW YORK – March 2, 2016 – Model homes are showpieces for new-home construction. Professionally decorated, they showcase a design aesthetic that can be a good starting point for Realtors who stage their own listings.

Tips for do-it-yourself staging

  • Section off a room. Use area rugs and float furniture away from the walls without closing off walkway paths to navigate a room. Allow at least three-feet of walk-through space around furniture arrangements.
  • Group solid furnishings. You could, for example, create an area of sectionals or bookcases grouped together with lighter pieces, such as a glass slide table or raised bench. This helps "convey spaciousness over sparseness," according to an article in RISMedia.
  • Don't over-accessorize. Use only a handful of books with similar colored bindings on a shelf; add only one houseplant to a side table; hang one statement piece of artwork over a bed or fireplace. They key is not to overdo it.
  • Add more light fixtures. Consider at least one light fixture for every 100 square feet of space. "Use pure white lamp shades on all light fixtures, and replace any incandescent bulbs with CFLs," RISMedia suggests.

Source: "Selling? 6 Staging Secrets of Model Homes," RISMedia (Feb. 28, 2016)

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