If you’re like many people, you know that home staging is an important part of selling; it can help you sell your home faster and for more money. In fact, your REALTOR® has probably already discussed what type of impact staging can make. Staging is the art of making your home as appealing as possible to prospective buyers – and one of the spaces you need to tackle is your primary bedroom.
Naturally, the first step in home staging is to clean – but once that’s done, what can you do about the main bedroom? This guide explains how to stage a primary bedroom to sell your home fast.
How to Stage a Primary Bedroom to Sell Your Home Fast
Staging your primary bedroom is one of the most important tasks you need to tackle. Though prospective buyers may not spend a lot of time in there, they’ll definitely use it to form an impression of your home. The idea is to create a relaxing space that shows buyers they’ll be able to cozy up and unwind – and to show that your bedroom is spacious and easy to keep neat.
Check out these primary bedroom staging basics:
- Upgrade your bedding
- Let there be light
- Thin out your closet clutter
- Add seating
- Remove personal effects
Here’s a closer look at each.
Tip #1 for Staging a Primary Bedroom: Upgrade Your Bedding
Buyers know that your belongings will go with you when you move, but when you sell a home, you’re selling a feeling. You want buyers to walk out of your primary bedroom feeling like it’s a beautiful, relaxing space – that way, they’ll associate it with a favorable impression of your home. That means that you want every detail to be perfect, including your bedding.
If you don’t already have luxurious, new-looking bedding, now is a great time to invest in some. Choose a luxe duvet cover, fluffy pillows with shams that match your coverings, and a throw that complements your color palette. Ideally, you’ll choose a complete set that’s designed to go together. For staging purposes, solid colors are best – and try not to choose anything too bright or bold, because the bedroom is the place for relaxation.
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Tip #2 for Staging a Primary Bedroom: Let There Be Light
Though you want your bedroom to look nice and cozy, buyers want to see it bright and full of light. That means you should take down blackout curtains and replace them with something lighter while your house is on the market.
Layered lighting is also important. Although overhead lighting is good, it doesn’t always do the best job of highlighting all the important spaces in your room. If you have a dim corner, for example, you’ll want to add a standing lamp; a pair of lamps (matching, but not necessarily identical) on your bedside tables are also a great touch.
When prospective buyers come to see your home, pull back the drapes, open the blinds as far as you can, and turn on your overhead light and all the lamps. The idea is to make the space bright so it appears larger and buyers can appreciate how spacious and useful it is.
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Tip #3 for Staging a Primary Bedroom: Thin Out Your Closet Clutter
Take half your clothes out of your closet and put them in storage. Often, we don’t realize how jam-packed our closets are – but by thinning them out a bit, we can make them appear larger. Spacious closets impress buyers, so you want yours to look as roomy as possible.
If there’s anything on your closet floor, pick it up and find it a better home. That goes for shoes, boxes and bins, and everything else. Buyers want to see clean floors, and the added benefit to that is that an empty floor makes the space appear bigger.
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Tip #4 for Staging a Primary Bedroom: Add Seating
If you have room in your primary bedroom, add a seat that’s as stylish as it is functional. The idea is to carve out a space for getting dressed, relaxing or reading. The caveat: If adding seating will make your space look crowded or cluttered, leave it out. Only add a chair that the size of your space allows – or don’t add one at all.
Pro Tip: If you add seating, do what you can to give it purpose. For example, if you set up a small stool for getting ready, put a small side table beside it to hold accessories; if you set up a plush, comfortable reading chair, throw a cozy blanket over the back and place a reading lamp nearby.
Tip #5 for Staging a Primary Bedroom: Remove Personal Effects
Depersonalize your bedroom as best you can before you start welcoming prospective buyers. They know you live there, but they don’t want to see your personal photos staring at them from the dresser. Take down anything that could be considered risqué, too personal or possibly offensive before any buyers come through.
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