I mentioned the big decision to sell our house and make the move to DC (read all about it here), so we’ve been spending the last month doing all kinds of prep work of little things. If you are thinking of making a move somewhere further than DC, like Australia, but haven’t secured a property just yet, you could look into a company like WA Building Company who provide affordable homes and land packages to help you build your dream home. It will all be worth it in the end. (Here’s a version of our prep to list checklist) Next up on the list we have a few trades coming over the next couple of weeks to take care of some things we don’t have the time or know how to do ourselves. (I’ll share more of those as we go!)
Today I’m going to touch on staging. We’ve been going through the house and really getting serious about what items we want to take the time, effort and expense to move versus going ahead and selling. Turns out we are selling quite a few pieces that we don’t have a big attachment to. (read all about my love/hate relationship with craigslist) And you know what that means?! Empty spaces for me to figure out how to style!
I’ve been moving and rearranging so many things in the house the last few weeks to accommodate the change of things moving out. Not only that I want to make sure the traffic flow of the house is on point as is highlighting the size of the rooms. You know, the quintessential things you want to make sure buyers notice when they come through your house.
So I thought I would give you an update on the rooms I have messed with and what they look like now!
Family room is pretty much the same. We decided to sell the metal console you see here behind the brown sofa.
That means the only change I have made in here is to move the blue console table from under the windows in here to the wall under the ABC sign. This console is small and narrow and doesn’t interfere with the hallway traffic.
Our bedroom before.
We moved the brown sofa to to the family room and the wooden bench from the fireplace to the foot of the bed. We then moved the deep green sofa from the office/schoolroom to sit under the window in here.
The green sofa really opens the space and ties in with the metallic patina wall. The wooden daybed creates a conversation spot with the green sofa sitting at the foot of the bed while a chair (previously in the corner of the room) is now sitting in front of the fireplace with a side table creating an inviting sitting area and highlighting the fireplace instead of disguising it.
Here you can see the wooden daybed moved to the foot of the bed and the chair next to the fireplace on the right.
Here is one of the kids rooms before. This shot is taken from the doorway and you can see the bed on the far wall.
It feels like a lot going on so I made a few changes.
We swapped the dresser and the bed. Now when you walk in the room the bed is the first thing you see centered between the windows. It gives a better traffic flow to the bathroom and closet (to the right and closet behind the where I’m standing) I put the laundry hamper and small book cabinet in the closet so there is a lot of free floor space.
Our daughter’s room used to have a giant dollhouse (for 18″ dolls) on the big wall (unseen) and her bunny’s cage by the door. She does a great job of keeping everything clean and organized, but it takes up a LOT of room.
This is a shot of her bed before.
I swapped out her duvet with one we already had and added a colorful trunk for toys at the foot of it.
You can see here the dresser on the far wall and the little bit of bunny cage with tray on the right.
Now with the bunny cage and dollhouse gone (both are living in the basement and getting lots of attention and love don’t worry!) her room feels 10 times bigger. I moved the dresser over, added a cute chair (I had stashed) and put some pretty art on the big wall where her dollhouse used to live.
The office/school room sofa is now living in our master bedroom so I had to put something in it’s place.
Before with the green sofa.
Now! I moved the pink chairs up here and they work nicely with the rug yet it doesn’t feel overwhelmingly pink, I know surprising right?! I kept the circular coffee tables as the kids use these on the regular for coloring at. But the chairs provide a better flow and make the room feel bigger. Plus they are really comfortable and pop against the mint wall color!
The entry is largely the same with a few edits and one big addition. Here’s the before.
And the after!
You can’t see in this shot but I took the blankets off of the ladder and added some hanging globes with plants. I also added this big architectural salvage piece. I went ahead and brought it home when I found, I knew it would draw the eye up when entering as it’s so tall. I want people to notice the height of the ceilings from the entryway going in to the family room. Typically they miss it in the entry and notice it in the family room only. I also swapped the bench with a smaller dresser, moved the basket of vintage bowling set downstairs and the elephant to the other side. It’s still fun but cleaner and more simple.
We had already begun messing with the basement when I took this shot. This is from my LED differences post (here). But prior there was a giant game table to the right behind the green chair. We opted to sell that and had a big open space left to make sense of.
And here is where I ended up.
The same layout with the swapping of the big white chair from the mom’s oasis (I put the pink sofa back down in there) and stored the green chair.
This shows the other angle, behind the white chair is where the giant 3 in 1 table used to be. Now the walkway from the stairs and bathroom (both are to the right), are unobstructed and wide open to the living room, theater room, and mom’s oasis. MUCH better traffic flow.
So this wasn’t just a randomly empty wall we moved the big vintage bin cabinet down here. It fills the wall space without infringing on the walkway.
For me the name of the staging game isn’t to eliminate everything with personality or color, quite the opposite. Keep the fun and personality but set things up in a way that highlight the best elements of the house. The big room sizes, optimum traffic flow for best floorplan feel and some personality so it’s memorable (and it’s still my house….until it isn’t ?) And let’s be real, when you are looking at houses online do you remember all the houses that look the same? Or do you remember the houses that gave you something to remember?
In regards to paint, most of it is neutral, I would say 80% or so (revere pewter by benjamin moore) with 2 blue bedrooms and a couple of accent walls So I don’t feel the need to repaint anything. Between paring down and rearranging I think we’re setting things up quite nicely for a showing sitch come listing time!
What are your best tips for staging to sell a house? I always love to hear from ya, hit me up in the comments with your thoughts!
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