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Summer Home Staging Tips

Posted by Eric Hoien on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 8:18am.

Summer home staging tips for Okoboji homes

Staging your home can seem like a frivolous part of an otherwise demanding selling or rental process. But don't underestimate the effects of this seemingly simple undertaking. Whether you're planning to sell your home or find the perfect tenant to rent it out to, staging is a crucial step in getting the most out of your home. Proper staging can not only increase the appeal and value of your property, it can help you find a tenant or buyer that's a perfect fit for your home. If you're not sure how to begin staging a home this summer, the experts at Hoien Realty can help. Here are our top tips for creating an amazing staged home this summer.

Start Outside

When you think of home staging, its easy to get caught up in the idea of interior design. But as we all know, the outside of your home is what gives prospective buyers and tenants their first and lasting impression. Summer is the perfect time to amp up the curb appeal and give your home a bright, inviting exterior that will impress any passersby. If you have a porch, color coordinate the entryway with flower baskets, an inviting welcome mat, and a fresh coat of paint on the porch and door. Power wash and seal your deck. Small changes like a doorknob upgrade, removal of grime from the siding, and new exterior lighting can go a long way. Don't forget to wash the windows and ensure each one is crystal clear and sparkling clean.

Remember All The Senses

Staging isn't just about changing up the visuals in your home — its a way to make a full, all-around impression that will make interested buyers and tenants feel right at home. So, don't neglect the other senses. Adding a scent is a great idea, but it should be natural and not overpowering, so as not to distract or put off viewers. While putting something to bake in the oven is a classic recommendation for showings, summertime may call for something a little lighter. While not necessarily a core aspect of staging, it can always help to leave a little something out for visitors, such as fresh fruit, lemonade, or even just a pitcher of water and glasses on a warm summer day.

Keep It Simple

When it comes to home decor, it's all about you — no trends can tell you how to make your home feel enjoyable to you. If you like bright colors and patterns, eclectic furniture selections, knick-knacks, and framed photos of your friends and family to be included throughout your home, that's up to you! But when it comes to staging a home for others to see, simplicity is a smart choice. Clean lines, open spaces, and a lack of personalizations are all valuable ways to ensure that viewers have a chance to see the home as their own. If the space is bursting with things that represent your individual personality, tastes, and affiliations, it will be hard for them to envision themselves living in it. Instead, opt for classic (but not clinical), primarily neutral additions in small quantities with lots of open space to allow for light to reflect off surfaces and to foster a feeling of spaciousness. Small accents or dashes of brighter color can create a lovely contrast.

Consider Hiring A Professional Stager For Furniture

Rearranging furniture can require a professional eye, as their is a strategy to making it look pleasing and organized. Hiring a professional stager in the age of the internet can seem like an unnecessary expense, but can really make the difference between an average home and an outstanding model home-style living space.

Check our Hoien Realty real estate blog regularly for more tips and tricks to selling, buying, and renting from your Lakeshore specialists!

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