What is home staging?
Home staging is displaying a property to make it appeal to as many buyers as possible. The goal of staging is to sell faster and for more money than it would otherwise.

How can a consignment shop help?
Consignment shops are great resources for home staging. Sellers can buy items needed to stage, and cash in on things that need to go.

Here are five easy steps for home staging and how a consignment shop can help!

Step 1: Get buyers to visualize themselves living there.
Potential buyers must imagine themselves living in your home. They have to picture where they would put their favorite chair. Buyers need to see themselves having coffee in your kitchen. Getting buyers into your home isn’t enough. You have to get your home into buyers.

Evilena’s Red Dresser’s very own Denise Lough, Expert Stager, Interior Designer and Founder of TheRoomDesigner said, “I believe staging helps present the home in the best light. By decluttering and making the home a more neutral space, potential buyers can see architectural elements, square footage, and unique features. They will be able to visualize themselves and their furnishings in the home. Staging also helps homes sell faster and for more money!”

Ahhh, did you hear that? She said declutter! That’s step two.

Step 2: Declutter for maximum sales appeal.
Clutter is a killer when it comes to selling a home. And decluttering isn’t as hard as you think. Marla Cilly (aka The Fly Lady), founder of the popular website www.flylady.net has a proven method for anyone tackling clutter. She recommends setting a timer limiting yourself to only 15 minutes, and focusing on one area at a time.

How can a consignment store help with decluttering?
Once you’ve decluttered, consign unwanted (but still good) items at a consignment shop. But be warned….if your items are no longer current and in-style, the consignment shop won’t be able to accept them. Don’t be offended. Just take anything the consignment store can’t accept to the nearest donation center.

Kitchen before staging

Kitchen after staging
Step 3: Define each room with a purpose.
While your family may have put a ping pong table in the formal living room, now is the time to return that space back to it’s original design and attract more buyers. A few well placed pieces of furniture with balanced lighting, and buyers will picture themselves relaxing in their new living room.

How can a consignment shop help?
Shop consignment stores for furniture and home decor needed to define the purpose of each space. Lamps, wall decor, end tables, an ottoman, all can be used to stage a room properly. The trick is getting the design right. So make sure you’re not going overboard. Stick to a plan. (See step 5 and get some expert help.)

Step 4: Create a mood.
Most of all, potential buyers want to feel welcome in a home. Therefore, it’s critical for sellers to create that mood in as many ways as possible. For example, try to appeal to all senses. Visually create a calm mood with neutral colors on walls and a balanced mix of textures. Of course, everyone loves the smell of something freshly baked. So sellers should pop a batch of cookies in the oven, and fill the home with deliciousness before showings. And, you can kill two birds with one stone by leaving the plate of treats out for the buyers. What about sounds in the home? Make sure ventilation fans are in working order as buyers will turn them on and off. You may even want to play some soft music throughout the house for showings.

Step 5: Get some expert advice.
Finally, get some expert advice. Evilena’s Red Dresser employs Denise Lough as our lead designer. She has a whole bunch of great tips for home staging. She will demonstrate the best techniques to stage your home for selling in today’s competitive market at “Staging Your Home to Sell” at Evilena’s Red Dresser, 20887 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, IL on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 7-8 p.m. Realtors as well as homeowners are welcome. Class investment ONLY $20. Register in person or by phone (815) 464-2668. For more information, go to our Facebook event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/140265023130681/