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Posted Sep 21, 2010 9:26 pm (10 years ago)

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interior design class on renewal zone One of our most popular real estate renewal classes is Interior Design for the real estate professional.  The class provides valuable basic design principles that can assist a listing agent in preparing a home for the market.  Home staging has gained great respect over the past few years, and is now recognized as a powerful tool in maximizing the value of a home, and a very important part of home staging is placement of furniture.

You may want to create, through furniture and accessories, a new and appealing use for each room.  For example, that extra bedroom could be an exercise room, hobby room or home theater.  Add a comfortable chair, table and lamp to an alcove, loft or bay window, and you create a cozy reading area.    Unused spaces should be furnished and accessorized to spark a connection with prospective buyers.  That empty bedroom, loft, basement or attic could suddenly become an exercise room, an art studio, family game room, etc.  Now, having said this, DO NOT creatively furnish a dining room like a pre-school playroom or a living room like a game room.  Areas that were designed for a specific purpose should be accessorized for that purpose.  If your listing has a breakfast nook that is currently being used for a home office, encourage the homeowner to return the space to its intended use.


Remove excess furniture and any furniture that is too large and bulky for the space.  Floating sofas and chairs create cozy and inviting conversation areas and usually will make the space look larger.  Place the floating furniture in the shape of an H for an eye-appealing use of space.


You may want to freshen sofas and occasional chairs by adding some new pillows.  A older piece of wooden furniture can be painted black to instantly update the piece and add a touch of class.  These are examples of inexpensive ways to renew the furniture and add a few spots of color, texture and drama.


Bedroom furniture should be placed to make the room appear as large as possible.  Avoid placing the side of the bed directly in front of the doorway.    Instead use the first wall you see for the dresser, desk or vanity and place the bed on one of the other walls to create a sense of depth to the room.  If you place the bed in a corner, up against the wall, add some large throw pillows, creating the appearance of a daybed, to demonstrate purpose in the furniture placement. 


Add stools to kitchen bar areas to demonstrate another dining/snacking area.  Add a colorful centerpiece to the dining table.


Accessorize in 1’s, 3’s or 5’s.  A single piece or a three or five-piece grouping on a cocktail table, countertop or even a wall is more pleasing to the eye than even-numbered accessories.



Don’t forget the outside living areas.  Furnish them with a few pieces, again to show use of space.  A couple of chaise lounge chairs and a side table near the pool or a table with 4 chairs in the cookout area will add interest and demonstrate the livability of the outdoor space. 


If your listing is a vacant home, consider renting a few nice furniture pieces and accessories to bring color and life and demonstrate use of the spaces within the home.


Appealing to all the senses is key when staging, and hearing is one of those senses. You can’t control traffic or construction noise but you can minimize it with other sounds. When showing a home some agents will play music, this can create an atmosphere that is pleasant and inviting. But keep it soft and primarily instrumental. A water feature is also another option, in addition to the noise reduction benefit it’s relaxing, consider putting one in the courtyard or back patio. 

Any or all of these home staging considerations can help you create the best presentation of a property to maximize the value for your client.