June 18, 2019
More Staging Advice for Sellers
We’ve presented some home staging tips in the past—particularly regarding those most-important rooms in a home for sale, the kitchen and the bathroom. But while buyers do put a premium on the condition of these spaces, it would be folly for any seller to assume that these two rooms will carry a home to closing, no matter how stellar they appear. So here we offer some more staging advice about other areas of a home you’re looking to sell (or to rent, for that matter) that are likely to influence potential buyers, perhaps negatively: dark rooms and basements.
House hunters find rooms that give an impression of darkness off-putting. Even if the entire rest of the home is bathed in light, a single room that is uncharacteristically dark or poorly-lit can affect the mental sense a buyer holds of the entire home. So before showing the home, open all the blinds and curtains. If the dark room is shadow-locked, paint it a bright color and maybe even add a mirror—the bigger the better—to make it look more spacious. Do what you can to ensure it is well-lit, up to and including replacing the lighting fixtures (being sure to install “warm light” bulbs, not “cool light” or “daylight”). And—a realtor staple—place some sort of plant in the room. A plant implies a light source and brings a sense of “life” to what may otherwise be a “dead” space.
Speaking of “dead,” “dark” spaces—there’s a whole lot to be said about keeping the basement of a home from seeming “creepy.” These areas can tend to be naturally dark, having little or no exposure to sunlight. Buyers are likely to understand this. (Of course you should still do what you can to brighten it up in any of the ways mentioned above in reference to dark rooms, though a plant may be overkill and even come across as incongruent in a below-ground space unless placed within some sort of context). What makes things problematic in a basement is when there are empty, stark, windowless rooms for which a purpose is not immediately clear. The imagination will run rampant, and creepy impressions will lead to negative narratives in the minds of buyers. So give purpose to these spaces. Maybe some exercise equipment, charming decorations, or hints of harmless hobby activity.
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