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The past year has exponentially increased the importance of home staging, as many buyers have to be more selective about which homes to go see in-person due to social-distancing guidelines - meaning that this decision can often come down to the photos provided of the listing. The pandemic has also changed top features that home buyers are looking for in the home (you can learn more about this with a blog on the topic here).
If you are ready to put your house up on the market this spring, here are a few lightning-quick staging wins you can make to boost your curb-appeal and first impressions, while also catering to specific features that today's home buyers want to see.
The best part is that you may already own many of these items!
Boost Comfort with Textures
Adding comfort to livable spaces is a top home trend for 2021, as more people are spending time working, virtual learning, and cooking at home than ever before. Quickly boost warmth and relaxation by adding texture to provide the grounding elements of nature. This can be accomplished by layering textured items like chunky blankets and knit pillows over the furniture you are staging the space with, and tucking clutter out of site in decorative baskets. Rugs with tassels and fringing, thick linen curtains, and woven blinds are also textural essentials that look welcoming and presentable for open houses - a perfect option if you have already moved a lot of your furniture out of the space.
Play With Bold Accent Colors
While natural colors in hues of brown, green and beige are top color choices in 2021, there is still plenty of room to add bold accent colors for springs. Sunny yellow and hues of blue are top choices, and they can make any space look more youthful and playful - a great choice for living areas and outdoor seating. For inexpensive pops of colors, lay out a bowl of fresh lemons on the counter in the kitchen or set an outdoor table with colorful blue plates and napkins to emphasize backyard dining opportunities - an additional win when most entertaining is taking place in open air areas.
Bring out the Houseplants
Biophilic elements are an additional way to add warmth and life to a space, and the simplest way to accomplish the look is by welcoming house plants into your living room and bedroom. If you don't have a green thumb, many online retailers sell inexpensive faux versions that can still provide a natural boost.
Money plants, Parlor Palms, and Watermelon Peperomia are beautiful options that are healthy for your pets as well.
Refresh Your Front Door
Curb appeal matters, especially in spring, and the front of your home is the first impression home buyers will have that can affect their idea of the rest of the house. Ensure that any flower beds around the front door are properly weeded, and shrubbery is trimmed back. Consider adding a vibrant, spring wreath, or even touching of your front door with a fresh coat of paint. Bright shades of red, warm yellows, off-black and muted greens are top trending door color options for 2021.
Don't Skip Spring Cleaning
Finally, boost all of your spring cleaning efforts before you get ready to sell. Clean out your closets and de-clutter. Remove all winter gear and deeply sanitize even the most out-of-reach spaces. If your carpet or rugs are badly stained, consider replacing them before buyers start touring your home, and depersonalize and remove as much of your personal items as possible. The key to a perfectly staged spring home is adding enough warmth to give home buyers an idea of the memories they can create in the space, while also dazzling them with the cleanliness and well-maintained features of your home.