Home Staging That Looks Like the Magazines

Home Staging That Looks Like the Magazines

  • Patricia Isen
  • 04/12/23

Your home is your pride and joy. When it's time to sell, you want to ensure that your home makes the best impression possible on potential buyers. That's where staging comes in. Staging is the process of making your Upper East Side luxury condo look its best for showings, open houses, and ultimately, the sale. It's about creating an inviting space that potential buyers can see themselves living in. 

Real estate agent Patricia Isen outlined everything you need to know about Upper East Side interior design and staging your home for success. She describes ways to declutter, arrange furniture, and bring natural light into your home. And you’ll learn how to choose the right art and accessories to complete the look. Whether you're getting ready to put your home on the market or you're just looking for a fresh start, read on.

Deep clean

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One of the most important aspects of home staging is deep cleaning. This means more than just running the vacuum and dusting the surfaces. It involves giving your home a thorough cleaning from top to bottom. Dust all ceiling fans, light fixtures, and baseboards. Clean all windows, mirrors, and glass doors. Wipe down all appliances, cabinets, and countertops. Scrub bathrooms from floor to ceiling. And don't forget to clean those hard-to-reach places, like under the bed and in the corners of rooms. A little elbow grease now can pay off handsomely when you show your home. 

Declutter and depersonalize

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When selling your Upper East Side real estate, stage it in a way that will appeal to potential buyers. One of the most critical aspects of staging is decluttering and depersonalizing. Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, and that's difficult to do when your personal belongings and photographs appear everywhere. Make the time to pack up your most personal items and put them into storage. Also remove any items that make the space feel cramped. In addition, depersonalize your décor by removing family photos and other personal keepsakes. Implement neutral décor that will make the space feel welcoming and inviting. By taking these steps, you'll help your home appeal to a wider range of buyers and increase your chances of making a sale.

Optimize furniture placement

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When you're selling your home, first impressions are everything. By carefully placing furniture in each room, you can create a luxurious and inviting space that is sure to impress buyers. 

The kitchen is a crucial space to stage. Focus on creating an efficient workspace that feels spacious and inviting. Remove all unnecessary items — such as the toaster or a juicer — from the countertops. Set the table so that buyers can imagine themselves dining there. Place storage away from the appliances to open up the room.

The living room is another important room to stage. Positioning furniture in a way that promotes conversation and connection will give the space a warm and inviting feel. For example, you might place a couch and two chairs around a coffee table, or arrange seating so that people can enjoy the view from the windows.

In the bedroom, it's all about creating a relaxing retreat. Position the bed so that it's centered in the room, and leave enough space around it for people to move freely. Add some cozy accents like throw pillows and plush blankets to make the space even more inviting.

Consider hiring a professional home staging company — it’s a great way to ensure your home will look its best when you’re ready to list.

Choose the right art and accessories

One way to make a great first impression is to carefully select the art and accessories that you use to stage your home. The right pieces can help to create a luxurious and welcoming ambiance that will make potential buyers want to linger. At the same time, choosing the wrong art or using too many personal items can give the wrong impression, making it harder to sell your home. 

Use mirrors to create the illusion of space

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As any home stager or interior designer will tell you, one of the most important things to keep in mind when trying to create the illusion of space in a room is the use of mirrors. They reflect light and make a space feel more open and airy. They can also be used to create the illusion of depth and make a small room feel larger. When placed strategically, mirrors can be an extremely powerful tool in making a space look its best. 

Add greenery

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If you're looking to stage your home for sale, you might wonder how to make it stand out from the competition. One simple but often overlooked way to do this is to add some greenery. Strategic placement of plants can give your home a luxurious feel, while also helping to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. And unlike other staging techniques, adding greenery is relatively inexpensive and easy to do.

Boost the curb appeal

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First impressions are everything, and potential buyers will make up their minds about your home before they even step through the front door. What exactly is curb appeal? It's that feeling you get when you first lay eyes on a property, and it's determined by many factors, from the condition of the exterior to the landscaping. By making a few simple changes, you can dramatically increase the appeal of your property and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Start with a fresh coat of paint for both the interior and exterior of your home. Then make sure your lawn is well-manicured and that any dead leaves or branches are cleared away. You might also want to invest in some beautiful flower pots or hanging plants to add color to your front porch or entryway. If you have a balcony or patio, make sure it's tidy and inviting. Add some comfortable furniture and colorful cushions or throws. By taking these simple steps, you can make a big difference in the way your home looks and feels. And that can make all the difference when it comes to attracting buyers and getting top dollar for your property.

You want your home to make a good impression on guests. These simple staging tips can help transform your space into a magazine-worthy showpiece. If you're ready to take your Upper East Side real estate to the next level, contact Patricia Isen Real Estate today. She would be happy to help stage your home like a pro.

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