Staging, renovating, or redecorating your home can be nerve-racking if you’re not an experienced designer. But these 7 steps will help you plan your moves more carefully, making the whole process slightly less overwhelming.
1. Set your budget
The first step of any staging job is to figure out a realistic budget. That way you can calculate how much to allot to each purchase, and how much spare cash you’ll have to spend on accessories after the essentials have been covered. If you don’t have a clear idea of your budget before you start, you run the risk of going overboard on your spending early on in the staging process, and then finding that you’ve misallocated your funds. You may also cut too deeply into the profit margins of your sale.
2. Get inspired
Once you know your budget, look through blogs and magazines to figure out which look you should go for. Set up a Pinterest or Houzz idea board where you can pin all your favourite looks, colour schemes and decor ideas.
Next, find out what’s available in your local market, by visiting furniture stores, hardware stores, and interior decor stores. If you find that certain inspirational designs are unavailable in your market (and impossible to DIY), or outside your budget, remove them from your idea board so that they don’t cause unnecessary clutter.
3. Finalize your concept
Group together a more structured collection of ideas, themes, colors and textures. Remember that with staging as opposed to decorating, it’s always smarter to go with neutral, simple looks rather than bright, bold or unique ones.
Finalize the paint and furniture you’ll be buying to go ahead with your design, and figure out whether it stays within your budget. If not, prioritize and rework. From our personal experience, here are the MOST important aspects of a staging job which your should prioritize in your final concept:
- Paint (Fresh, white/light neutral walls and door-frames)
- Kitchens (surfaces, cabinets and fixtures)
- Lighting (if your home is not adequately lit, invest in new artificial lighting)
- Bathrooms (tiling and fixtures)
4. Find a focal point
Finding the focal point in your living room will help you anchor your design concept to create a cohesive look. If your home has a fireplace, use it as the central piece. If not, a safe bet is the couch + coffee table arrangement. Arrange your furniture around the focal point to create a welcoming, comfortable space.
5. Do your measurements
Take into consideration the proportions of your room before you set out to do your furniture shopping. If you’re buying your furniture pre-assembled, don’t forget to measure your door frame and elevator as well. You would’t want to bring a new couch home only to find that it won’t get past the lobby!
Before you buy any new items for your home, take the time to sort through your old belongings and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a while. Starting with a new slate is inspiring, refreshing, and easier since it helps you visualize your space better.
If you can’t bear to let go, find a storage locker or relative’s garage where you can store your memorabilia whilst you stage your property to sell and transition into your new home. The hassle will be worth it, since having an uncluttered space will help get your property sold or rented much sooner.
7. Reach out to professionals
If you still have no idea where to start with the staging job, consider reaching out to a local designer who will get the task done right.
And if hiring a staging professional is outside your budget, consider asking your broker for advice. He or she might be able to provide you with some references for reliable painters, furniture outlets, and movers. They would also be able to give you suggestions based on their experience of the local market. It never hurts to ask!