Less Is More When Selling Your Home

It’s just human nature. We are made to accumulate “stuff” … collectables … books … photographs … stacks. Every one of us are guilty of the need to display the things that we love and value. And, if you are living in your home, that’s a beautiful reflection of who you are, but the minute the thought of a “For Sale” sign enters your mind – it’s time to redirect!

Selling your home and the idea of staging is a perfect visualization of the concept “Less Is More”. We’ve all heard it said, but staging your home really is the idea brought to life. Vacant homes appear stark and lifeless. They make it hard to picture where our sofa would go, or if our king-sized would be too big. Homes that are not staged and residents are still living there are too personal. It’s hard to imagine our personal items inside or how they would look. Potential buyers get interested in why you collect statues of pioneer women and completely miss that you have incredible crown molding! Although you might love to have your artwork hung around the home in spots that you view often, it perhaps takes the buyers eye away from the magnificent view out your back windows.

Your stager knows all of these secrets! They are going to help you clear the eye-clutter and maximize the “Less Is More” that is hiding in all the rooms of your home.

Here’s a great example:

Can you see the difference? The after picture says “breathe” and “relax”. You immediately notice the natural light, the high ceilings, the gleaming wood floors, and the beautiful molding on the corner pieces.

The rug is the same. The couch is the same. Same clock. Same curtains (just one panel removed)!

It’s more than simply cleaning your home. Very few of us actually live in filth and dirt. And although taking a duster and a vacuum to your home is a great first step, it doesn’t do much to draw your eye and create focus.

Here’s another sample:

Doesn’t this make you want to walk right in and sit down? The eye goes immediately to the beautiful wall of windows. Do you now see the gorgeous trim above them? Don’t you immediately see yourself sitting and visiting with friends?

This is a great example of packing away collections and repurposing the existing furniture. By doing so, a fresh, clean and spacious aura is created a positive impression is made by prospective buyers.

What can you do to begin to live this “less is more” lifestyle prior to staging?

  1. Use baskets to hide clutter. They are inexpensive, can hold multiple items, and when placed in cabinets and closets – they still create the look of an organized space.
  2. Find a home for everything or throw it away (or donate it). Every item in your house should have a space where it “lives”. If you can’t find a good spot for it, you might want to really consider the worth of the object.
  3. Deal with paper as soon as it comes into the house. Mail, newspapers, school papers, etc., cause a lot of clutter. Don’t create a stack on the kitchen counter – go through things as they come in the door!
  4. Toss duplicate items that you might not use. Do you use all 20 cookbooks on your shelf? Maybe you really only use 4 and the rest have been sitting on the shelf for years. Take this opportunity to begin clearing out the excess.
  5. Examine your “wants” and “needs” with household items. Do you use it? Do you love it? Use these questions to discover what you truly need to keep.

If all of this is like a foreign language to you, don’t fret! The team at Fresh Perspectives will guide you through the entire process for your specific home. And, who knows? You might be the next “before and after” staging success story featured on this site!

About the Author:

Anthea Click is the President of Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services specializing in staging vacant homes, model homes and owner occupied redesign services in the Greater Nashville area including:  East Nashville, Green Hills, West Nashville, The Gulch, 12South, 8thAve South, Germantown, Midtown, Sylvan Park, Crieve Hall, South Nashville, Hillsboro Village, Downtown Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Spring Hill. She is also a Featured Designer for Kirkland’s, sampling new products and making guest appearances on local radio and television shows. For information on staging your home call 615-465-8086 or click on the Contact Us tab.