We often hear “I know how to prepare my home for sale, I read a book all about it!”. There are however some common home staging errors that should be discussed and put on the reminder list for homeowners who are trying to sell their home. There is a tendency for a lot of people to simply go with what they personally want to see in their property. It is very important to remember that staging your home is aimed at appealing to the widest number of potential buyers, instead of creating a space that you might personally enjoy.

What are some common home staging reminders that you should be aware of?

  • What doesn’t seem like clutter to you could very well be clutter to a potential buyer. It’s normal to fall into this thinking that how you arrange things around your home is neat and organized, but what we might neglect is the fact that this could be considered by someone else as cluttered and disorganized. Get the second opinion of a professional home stager, or a family member or friend and listen to their insights.
  • Major renovations may not be necessary. Usually, for home staging, much of the désigns and prep79updates can be achieved without necessarily having to fork out huge amounts of money for renovations. Unless your property is in very bad shape and could really use the facelift, simple, creative, and cost-efficient enhancements can usually do the trick.
  • Don’t block the light or the outside view. Let as much of the natural light in to your home for a pleasant, airy atmosphere. If the view outside your home is very appealing (especially if you put a lot of effort into the landscaping), you want to use that to add to the visual impact as potential buyers walk around your home. Avoid bulky furniture or heavy window treatments that prevent light and the outside views from adding their magic to your staging efforts.
  • Pets should not be around during house showings. Many people love pets and honestly wouldn’t mind one bit if your dog, cat, or other animal friends are around while they are touring the home. But what if you get a potential client who is not particularly fond of animals? There is also the possibility of your pet damaging or messing up the staging design on the day of the showing. Make arrangements for your pets to be off-site.
  • Don’t do too much. Too much accessories, too much décor, too much anything doesn’t make your home more sellable. Overdoing the accessories and personal touches can come off as fake or desperate. Find the right balance; choose décor and fixtures that highlight certain areas without causing too much strain on your clients’ vision.

Lighting fixtures have an interesting purpose and position in the hierarchy of home design and interior decoration. Their primary use is to provide ample lighting for various tasks and activities within the home. But properly selected lighting can also become decorative, add to the look and feel of the house, and leave a lasting impression on guests. Today’s design schemes and plans have fully incorporated the lighting selections into the process, with the vast array of designs available to homeowners.

For home staging, lighting is also a key factor in your goal of standing out from the rest of the properties being sold in the market. If your lighting choices are able to create visual and mental impact in your potential home buyers, they will remember your home and likely come back and make an offer even after they see other properties for sale. Great lighting is also a reflection of proper maintenance and positive appreciation of the house as a whole.

Choosing the type of lighting to update or enhance your home interiors with depends largely on your overall design scheme or plan for home staging purposes. It can also serve as the focal point or finishing touch of an area or room of your house, or provide much-needed contrast or respite from the general look of a certain space.

This year, these are lighting trends making waves among the experts:

  • Sculptural lighting with abstract designs. These lighting fixtures feature abstract art designs and shapes, but without straying too much from their primary purpose of providing lighting functions. You will see a wide range of colors, accents, and shapes that can fit any part of the home. They are both decorative and effective, adding personality and charm where they are prep78utilized.
  • Rustic and modern lighting. Refined rustic lighting fixtures are a hybrid of casual, country-inspired rustic designs with contemporary, urban touch of sophistication. They hark back to more traditional lighting designs but also give a nod to simplistic, minimalist designs that have become the popular choice in recent years.
  • Crystal lighting. Crystal lighting fixtures (or any other home accessories, for that matter) have always been associated with luxury and expensive home décor. Today, there are plenty of glamorous and sophisticated crystal light fixtures and designs in a wide range of prices, so you will be able to find selections for any budget.
  • Layered lighting. Homeowners are gravitating towards cost-effective and functional solutions for multipurpose utilization of indoor space. For instance, kitchens are no longer just meal preparation areas, but are also utilized for dining, entertaining, and working. Layered lighting makes it easier for homeowners to select settings that are appropriate for activities being performed.

The kitchen area is one of the most vital spaces of the home, and home buyers consider the state and design of the kitchen as one of the deciding factors in choosing a property. Busy modern lifestyles demand a kitchen and food preparation area that is comfortable, efficient, and flexible enough for both quick-fix meal preparations and gourmet-style cooking efforts. The design and fixtures utilized around the kitchen also do much to increase the overall impact of the home interiors.

When preparing to stage your home for sale, the kitchen should also complement the ambiance and emotional impact you would like to achieve in the property as a whole. Kitchen designs and décor trends are constantly changing, so it is a good idea to be aware of what your target clientele is and what they would be looking for in a home for sale, particularly when it comes to the kitchen layout and design.

Here are the hot trends in kitchen designs for 2013:

  • Brass is back. Brass fixtures, lamps, and other items around the home are back in style this year. In the kitchen, brass faucets are quite popular among homeowners and buyers, and they don’t have to cost you an armprep77 and a leg.
  • Experiment with colored cabinets. Cabinets and other storage spaces can be painted different hues and shades. Bright-colored cabinets against white or beige backgrounds are particularly attractive visually and popular in contemporary designs.
  • Shine bright. Modern kitchens are being equipped with oversized light fixtures, lamps, and plenty of accent and statement lighting, making for added depth and appeal to the area.
  • Spacious center island. Homeowners want a spacious food preparation area that would make them feel like a celebrity chef. Plus, it feels like less of a chore when you have a great workspace. Equip the center island with lots of space, lighting, and colors.
  • Colorful appliances are in. Although black, white, and stainless steel are still standard fare, contemporary home designs are making room for different colored appliances that combine fun and flair. Look for blue or red ovens, refrigerators, coffeemakers, and microwave ovens that are becoming very trendy among younger clients.
  • Casual dining. Changing lifestyles are constantly causing the evolution of dining habits and schedules. A modern kitchen with dining-ready countertops (read: spacious and clear of clutter) and bar stools gives off a casual, open appeal, and is particularly attractive to young professionals who like to combine meals with tasks or chatter.