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4 Interior Design Projects for Staging a Home on the Market
Dated: June 22 2021
By Matt Lee
Sometimes homes listed for sale take a while to sell. Often, it is because the house is not staged. There may be outdated elements or just a blank canvas that people can’t picture their life in. Doing some small interior design projects can help stage a home on the market. We have gathered some ideas to get you started.
1. Freshen Up
One of the biggest things you can do to stage a home is to give it a general refresh. Usually, this starts with the walls since that is the first thing that buyers see when they walk through the door.
Putting up a coat of new paint in trendy or neutral colors can give the interior a fresh look. It also checks one thing off a new buyer’s to-do list, which is a big sell. Painting is an easy DIY interior design project that goes a long way. However, if you are going to do it yourself, ensure that you have even coats and clean lines so that it improves the look of the home and doesn’t hinder it.
Before you paint, you should consider removing wallpaper. Old wallpaper can turn off buyers as it looks dated and dingy. If you like wallpaper, you might entertain the idea of an updated geometric print wallpaper accent wall.
No one likes to see evidence of the outdoors in their home. If a buyer walks in and immediately feels a draft, they will not feel like this is their cozy dream home. Doing some small interior weatherproofing projects can help keep the interior of your listed home comfortable.
Climate Seal Window Inserts
Climate seal window inserts are easy to install and prevent air from coming through the cracks in the edges of windows. Put them in every window of the house, and it’ll reduce any drafts immediately. They are a great alternative to replacing windows through the home as it takes far less time and money.
The doors of your home can also bring the weather in. Try using weather stripping on all the doors as well. Also, always ensure that all of your doors shut, lock, and seal properly. If they don’t, then it’s not only a security issue but will also let air in. If you need to, upgrade the door handle or the entire door, depending on where the problem is.
Homebuyers are always looking at the floor with they walk into a home on the market. Flooring can sometimes be a more significant project but is still an interior design element that can be done yourself in some cases and make a world of difference in staging a home. Here are two flooring ideas.
Pebble Shower Floor
One desired interior design project that is good for staging is installing a pebble shower floor. Don’t worry; you don’t always have to lay the pebbles down individually. At many stores, they come in sheets that can be laid in the pattern of your choice and then grouted over. The sheets make it easy to install a pebble shower floor yourself.
Polished Concrete Floor
Polished concrete floors are a modern look that almost everyone loves. Under old vinyl, or carpet is often plain concrete. You can tear up the old flooring and polish the concrete underneath for minimal cost and maximum return. Polished concrete floors beat dirty carpet any day and they are easy to clean, too!
There are fixtures all over your home. Fixtures include handles, lighting, and faucets. Updating your fixtures can make the house feel brand new, even if it’s not.
In the kitchen, replacing the old cabinet and drawer handles gives the kitchen a whole new look. It is simple and relatively cheap to do and is totally a staging hack!
There are lighting fixtures across the interior of a house, from the living room to the hallway. Replacing old lighting fixtures is another staging project that is perfect for DIYers, which can change the look of every room. However, choose wisely. You want modern fixtures that go with the style of your home and are something that most people will like.
If you still have those 70s style panel exposed light bulb fixtures in the bathroom, then it is time for an upgrade. Even if you can’t retile the outdated shower, just getting rid of the old light fixture can brighten up space and make it more appealing to homebuyers.
Ultimately, there are infinite interior design projects for staging a home on the market. You should consider some of the ones above because they can make your home stand out from the rest and sell faster. Once you have staged your home, call Realty Concepts to list it or to find your next new dream home.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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By Matt LeeSometimes homes listed for sale take a while to sell. Often, it is because the house is not staged. There may be outdated elements or just a blank canvas that people can’t picture