Yes, I am staging my house right now. We have decided to put our house for sale and downsize to a smaller home (which we are in the process of extending and renovating completely).
I have lived in my home for 17 years and I have raised my two daughters in it. I admit, I am like most of you, I am emotionally attached to my house. Which makes it more challenging to be objective and critical in order to stage it for sale. I feel your pain!
How did I go about the process?
I started by reviewing each room in the house: clutter (or just extra stuff), paint, minor repairs? I made a list of things to do for each room. And then the work begun! Luckily, there was not that much stuff to de clutter, but it still took a few days and several garbage bags, as we all accumulate things as years go by. My youngest daughter’s room is small and I wanted to make it look bigger. I moved a desk and some bookshelves out of her room and re positioned them in different areas of the house.
I also analyzed my potential clientele (family with a couple of children, at least one of which is a bit older, due to a layout of the house) and discussed the way to present my house with my realtor.
Challenge 1: one of the bedrooms was converted to a den with a fireplace (by a previous owner), and I was using it for my home office. As full renovations were not possible time wise and budget wise, we painted the room (wood paneling and the brick included) and I moved my office to a spare room in the basement and staged the den.
Challenge 2: My basement was NOT nice! We have never gotten around to renovating it (and my husband is a contractor LOL but, as they say, a shoemaker is often without shoes), but I knew that it needed to be done to increase our chances and sell the house for more. Staging my house also involved some minor renovations and improvements, such as paint. The old popcorn ceiling was replaced by sheet rock, new pot lights installed and a new floating floor put down. Wow, what a difference!
Last, but not least, I brought some furniture in to stage the basement. If you are on a tight budget, you can leave it empty, as long as it’s nice and clean.
Overall, the major preparation for staging my house took approximately a week. I admit, it was intense, but it will be worth it!