In real estate, its not a surprise that home staging is proven to sell a home faster, and for more money than an un-staged home. These days, home stagers have gotten even better at being able to target what a buyer wants. Here are some of the latest ideas to stage your house fast. However, there is one part of the home that many sellers forget to stage: the basement.
Staging it isn’t quite enough. Buyers start their internet search online, and so you’re going to want to have quality photos, and a floor plan in the listing as well. Staging your basement will be worth the money. Keep in mind, you don’t need to tap out your life savings. But it is worth spending extra cash to convert the room into an actual room. You need to show the buyers how much value the basement can bring. Whether it be a game room, entertainment room, an office, an extra bedroom, or a cabana (if its near the pool).
When staging the basement, what you really want to focus on is adding natural light. You’ll want to open any blinds or curtains if you have them. You’ll also want to add artificial lighting, such as table lamps, sconces, and floor lamps. Mirrors will really make a difference when it comes to making the space appear larger. Also consider adding a coffee table or end tables that have mirrored tops, to reflect the ceiling. This also will make the space look larger.
You’re going to definitely want to be sure to clean the basement as thoroughly as possible. There isn’t any sense in staging a grimy area. When choosing furniture, select colors that are neutral and light, as this will also give the room an open feeling. Always be sure to avoid dark, wood furniture, as this will achieve the opposite effect, which you don’t want. Be sure that walls and ceilings are painted in a neutral color as well. This is not the time to experiment with the color wheel. If any of the walls are currently bold or dark, re-paint them. Depending on your situation, you can hire a professional or DIY. The goal is to make the basement appear as a fresh, neutral, open space. Happy selling!