Safety should be at the top of your priority list when taking on some DIY home staging upgrades or renovations. Whether you are hiring a home staging firm or doing the project yourself, you will undoubtedly be involved with some of the upgrades and tasks yourself, so being safe and also keeping your family safe should not be neglected.

DIY home improvement projects are very popular among homeowners because of the savings on cost, particularly on paying for professional labor. If you are opting to do most or all of the home staging work yourself, then you should not scrimp or take shortcuts when it comes to safety procedures or the equipment and tools you will be using, because any cost-efficiency solutions should not result in undue hazards or risks as you go about improving your home.prep91

What safety precautions should you always take when working around the home?

  • Read the instructions first. Before operating any machinery or trying new equipment, read and understand the manual first. Don’t rely on intuition or guesswork. It’s much safer to read the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Gear up. Safety glasses are a good investment considering that most eye injuries occur in the home and during DIY home projects. Airborne particulates can come from anything and anywhere, and your eyes should be protected (sunglasses or prescription glasses are not recommended as replacements). Also, wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself, such as pants or shoes around hot materials. Avoid dangling or loose-fitting clothing around spinning tools.
  • Fashion not required. There’s really no need to be wearing excessive jewellery, watches, or other accessories when working on your home staging upgrades. They can be cumbersome, or worse, even cause accidents when stuck in machines. You should also remember to pull your hair up if it’s long.
  • Careful with electricity. Before plugging in any electric-powered tools, make sure the switch is turned off. Make sure that you are far from any pools of water or damp surfaces when operating electric tools, and that you are wearing rubber-soled footwear. Of course, never leave electric-powered equipment plugged in or running, even for a short time. They should be stored properly and away from children’s reach.
  • Use ladders properly. Check the ladder before using it, and make sure it is on a stable, level surface before getting on. A good rule of thumb is to remember the 4-to-1 in ladder placement: for every 4 feet of ladder height, the bottom of the ladder should correspond with one foot away from the wall or leaning object.

Bookshelves are usually found in various corners and areas all over the home. If you are planning home staging efforts for your house, and arranging furniture and other fixtures to create the desired look or ambiance, then you definitely should not forget to prep your shelves and bookcases as well for maximum visual impact.

Shelves and bookcases are actually quite versatile pieces of furniture because you can
repurpose them for various uses, such as for décor, accent, or multifunction use. They can be easily repainted if you want a different color that fits more with the area, or for some shelves you can even get more creative by using fabrics or covers with different designs and prints.

Here are some ways you can make your bookcases and shelves look fabulous and eye-catching:

  • Empty picture frames can be used for geometric patterns. We know that one of home staging’s cardinal rules is to keep the home depersonalized, so instead of hanging your family’s photos on the walls, use just the picture frames to decorate the shelves creatively. Utilize photo frames in different sizes and shapes for striking designs.
  • Repaint as needed. If the paint is already peeling in some parts of the bookcase, give it a fresh coat of paint for an instant transformation. Many designers recommend painting the inside of the bookcase a few shades darker than the overall room color so the bookcase stands out.
  • Make the shelf or bookcase functional. Who says only books or mementosprep90 can be displayed on shelves and bookcases? You can use them as a wine bar or serving station,or display one of the lower shelves as an impromptu work area with a computer and foldable desk.
  • Experiment with symmetry. Too much order, matching, or symmetrycan be boring and hinder your goal of creating visual impact for potential clients. Instead of shelves that line up perfectly, how about mixing them up a little bit? Also, veer away from too much color matching by putting contrasting elements. Create variety in the shelf height and width as well so not everything looks the same.
  • For contemporary home décor, minimize shelves and bookcases. If your home staging is designed to create a contemporary, minimalist look, keep the shelves and bookcases sparsely decorated or occupied. A couple of books, some accessories, and a lamp will do; too much will counter the modern look you want to achieve.

If your home for sale is located in a growing suburb or bedroom community with good schools, recreational opportunities, and lots of parks and playgrounds, it is very likely that a majority of your potential home buyers would be parents looking for a great home for their growing family to reside in. Knowing this, staging kids’ bedrooms should be done with the proper amount of planning and careful thought.

 

Just like any other area of the home, staging a child’s bedroom is not about showing your own taste, preferences, or personality, much less your kids’. It is about selling the space and making it complement the overall marketability of the home. The purpose of staging the children’s bedroom is to sell the space by allowing the buyers to see their children in that space, so the bedroom should be as neutral and broadly-appealing in design.

 

Some tips for staging a kid’s bedroom:

 

  • Start with what you already have. Limited budget? No worries, because you can probably start the bedroom staging effort by using accessories and fixtures you already have. Look at the walls and ceiling; what colors are used? If it’s green, blue, or pink, then you already have a color scheme to start with. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, a newly-cleaned area rug, and toys or furniture items from the garage or storage would spruce up the space without much cost.

  • Gender-neutral bedrooms are usually recommended. Try to decorate the bedroom as unisex as possible; one room may have more shades of one color than another, but try to downplay themes, cartoon characters, sports accessories, or other items and designs that are more identified with one gender. This makes it easier for potential buyers to imagine their children in the rooms.

  • Remove all personal identifiers without exception. Your kids’ photos, certificates, sports jerseys, school accessories, even clothing items with their names on it should be removed from the room and kept stored away or off-site. Aside from the staging rule of depersonalizing the home, you would not want to expose your kids’ identities to harmful people as well, so do not leave anything that would reveal their names or ages to clients.

  • Keep it bright and cheery with natural light. Choose window dressings and treatments that let in as much natural light as possible,. If the room has a great outside view, you would want to highlight that as well. The brighter the kid’s bedroom is, the more appealing it will look. If the room doesn’t have windows, make it look brighter with bright-colored paint, and turn up the artificial lighting (lamps, overhead lights).