How to add value to your home with staging | THO

May 30, 2023

Staging your home for its sale is an important step if you want to add value to the property. It’s not just about cleaning for the professional pictures, it’s about creating a welcoming setting with an ambience that will make your potential buyers feel comfortable and at home themselves. Showing the best features of your property and adding decorative touches to the space will make your home stand out in the crowded market. Let’s take a look at some things you can do, from decluttering to adding canvas art prints that will make your place more of a showstopper for those looking to buy!


One of the first steps you will need to take is tackling a task most of us put off for as long as possible, decluttering and cleaning! This is an essential step because it creates a blank canvas that allows those coming to view your property the chance to envision themselves in the space. To begin this process, you will need to go through the items in each room, deciding which you are going to keep, sell, donate or throw away. Once you have decluttered, it’s time to pack any personal items you are keeping into boxes. Finally, give your home a thorough clean, including the windows, appliances, carpets and walls. A clean home will help to leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.


Now your home is clutter free and clean, you can start the staging process. The aim of staging is to create a warm, inviting setting that will appeal to those coming into your home with the intention of buying it. 


Rearrange your furniture to create an open space. This will make the rooms appear more spacious and create a flow throughout the property. Consider removing outdated pieces of furniture and replacing them with neutral items that feel more modern. A simple layout will allow potential buyers the opportunity to imagine where their own furniture and belongings will fit into the space; this could be a deciding factor in their purchase of your home. 


Now you have the ideal background setting, you can begin to add decorative pieces that make the space inviting and homely. A fantastic way to enhance the decor in your place is with textiles, including throws, scatter cushions and rugs. Use these to add some personality without it becoming too overwhelming. When you purchase the textiles, consider the tones within the rooms you are adding these to and select pieces that will complement the space. These decor pieces will be available in a variety of styles and sizes so you can choose items you will keep and will complement your next home after completing the sale of your current one! When you have potential buyers coming to view the property, ensure that the furniture looks presentable by making the beds and neatly placing the new scatter cushions and throws on the sofa. 


Another fun way to enhance the property is with artwork. Select pieces that tie in with the colour scheme and interior style of your home, and avoid anything that will clash with the walls or decor you have. You can add artwork in the form of photography (nothing too personal), prints or canvas artwork. If you have a neutral colour palette throughout, you may want to consider adding a pop of colour with a bold typography print. On the other hand, if you have a more traditional theme, adding an abstract art canvas will be a great option.


Other decorative options you can use and add to your home for those perfect finishing touches to your staging could include


  • Fresh flowers or plants – placing greenery around your rooms will enhance the natural, calming elements. 
  • Mirrors – not only are mirrors a fantastic decor piece, but they also make spaces brighter and bigger.
  • Lighting – adding lamps and other lighting options to your rooms will add a cosy ambience that will make potential buyers feel welcome.


In conclusion, staging your home is a crucial step in selling it to the right person for the best price. Creating an ambience that makes potential buyers feel at home will make you stand out in the populated housing market. There are many things you can do to ensure you convert those from just viewing your property into placing a fantastic offer quickly. Decluttering, deep cleaning, rearranging big pieces of furniture and adding decorative finishing touches to your space will increase your chances of accepting an offer close to your asking price. Happy staging!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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