By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
From plants and area rugs to even children cribs, accessories are a great way to spruce up a home when staging it for sale.
A few weeks ago we asked you to tell us your favorite staging accessory, and you sent in several of your favorites. You can now view a few of your peers’ favorite staging accessories at REALTOR® Magazine online or in the magazine’s April issue.
Since then, we’ve collected more staging accessory ideas. Here are a few more favorites.
Fresh, Crisp Master Bed Treatments
“Home buyers want to see a neutral home that they can easily visualize moving into. Old family quilts, skimpy blankets, limp pillows, and wrinkly exposed sheets may be comfortable for everyday living but are turn-offs to buyers. Sometimes just covering a seller’s linens with a fresh, neutral comforter/coverlet/duvet and several fresh, plump pillows with coordinating shams and pillowcases can make a room feel like a four-star hotel, instead of a budget motel.” --Tracy Pulos, Prudential Fox & Roach REALTORS®, Wayne, Pa.
Pops of Greenery
“Floor plants or trees, especially palms, [are great staging accessories]. Plants and trees add so much life, movement, and reality to every room in a house. They can also fill up a space where sometimes nothing else will do. Sometimes all you need is a tree to round out a vignette of sorts, instead of staging an entire room, especially if cost is a factor.” --Angela Rehm, Staging Works
“My favorite staging accessory is a bunch of fresh flowers--if from the owner’s own garden, that’s even better! (My favorite flower to use is the tulip. It’s graceful and elegant and fits any style of home.) Fresh flowers can add a pop of color to any room, welcome potential buyers to a home, and even help distract from a room that may need a little TLC!” --Gail Rudakas, Coldwell Banker, Libertyville, Ill.
Love Seats and Child’s Crib
“We have a love seat that is mostly foam and weighs about 20 pounds. It has a bright floral print and goes most everywhere easily. We also have a white child’s bed/crib that is very transportable. This allows us to set-up one room as a nursery and we decorate around it.” --Mike Culat, RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill.
“One of my favorite staging accessories is a selection of the right books. Books for staging are just so versatile and so attractive--and not just the obvious really expensive coffee table books or color-grouped vintage leather bound books. The intellectual or spiritual looking books perched on night-stands, or those mouthwatering cookbooks in the kitchen--those are books that are the expected staging tools. But hardcovers and even paperbacks of all kinds of shapes and sizes work wonders to warm up a room and provide personality.” --Joni Usdan, Coldwell Banker, Westport, Conn.