If you’re like many people, you know that staging your home is important if you want to sell at the best possible profit. But there’s a little secret that many home stagers use – and it’s one that most people don’t know. This guide explains using houseplants to stage your home to sell.
Houseplants: Home Stagers’ Best-Kept Secret
Plants have a way of livening up any space they’re in. They can make prospective buyers feel right at home and even, in some cases, encourage them to make an offer. Plants have a way of bringing nature inside, and they can make any space appear larger and more comfortable. You can also use them to draw attention to specific features of your home, such as a gorgeous mantel, cut-out shelf or beautiful window. They create visual depth and let prospective buyers gauge a room’s size, too.
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The 7 Best Plants to Use in Home Staging
when it comes to staging your home, not just any plants will do. Well, any plants are better than no plants, but the following seven are some of the best:
- Peace lily
- Mother-in-law’s tongue
- Dragon tree
- ZZ plant
- Jade plant
Each of the plants on this list are tough and can survive in difficult conditions, such as low light and little water. Here’s a closer look at each.
Peace lilies are hardy little plants that produce beautiful white flowers. Even when a lily isn’t blossoming, its beautiful leaves are extremely attractive. Most peace lilies grow between 1 and 4 feet tall (and wide), and they’ll tolerate low light conditions. However, they grow best in bright, indirect light. You don’t want to place them in direct sun, because their foliage can scorch. You also don’t want to place them in the direct path of heat or air conditioning vents, because the conditioned air can damage the plant. One word of caution about peace lilies: They can be toxic to pets, so if you have pets and use them in your home staging efforts, put them up high where your pets can’t reach them.
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Also called snake plants or sansevierias, mother-in-law’s tongue is an attractive, easy-to-care-for plant that does well in low light. It gets its common name from its long, pointed leaves, which some people say resemble a snake’s tongue. Sansevierias are also known for their ability to purify the air. They’re one of the few plants that actually release oxygen at night, making them a good choice for bedrooms. Mother-in-law’s tongue grows best in bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light.
Dracaenas are a family of plants that includes dragon trees. These attractive plants have long, strappy leaves and come in a variety of colors, including green, yellow, red and purple. They’re also known for their ability to purify the air. Dragon trees do best in bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light.
There are more than 25,000 species of orchids, so there’s sure to be one that will complement your home’s décor. Orchids are grown for their beautiful flowers, which come in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, purple and red. They’re also known for being relatively easy to care for. Orchids prefer bright, indirect light but can tolerate low light.
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ZZ plants are known for their ability to thrive in low light. They have long, pointed leaves that grow in a zigzag pattern. ZZ plants are also known for being drought-tolerant, making them a good choice for homes with little natural light. Like peace lilies, these are toxic to pets.
Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants because it’s so easy to care for. It can tolerate low light and irregular watering. Pothos is also known for its ability to purify the air. It’s a good choice for homes with pets, because it’s not toxic to them.
Jade plants are succulents that are known for their thick, fleshy leaves. They’re easy to care for and can tolerate low light. Jade plants are also known for their ability to purify the air.
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When it comes to home staging, using the right plants can make a big difference. The seven plants on this list are all good choices because they’re attractive, easy to care for and can tolerate low light. If you’re looking to add a little life to your home staging efforts, consider adding one (or more) of these to your most important rooms.
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