Even on a budget, it’s possible to make a profitable impact by using staging tips when listing your Pinellas County real estate. Instead of spending a fortune on collectible art pieces and new furniture that doesn’t go with your new home, focus on a clean, refreshing space without any clutter. According to an article by boston.com, the first step in the staging process is to remove distracting and personal items. Some of the places where sentimental and personal items often hide include plant shelves, curio cabinets and countertops. Remove the magnets and photographs from the refrigerator as well. While some people like the “beachy” look, don’t display too many ocean photographs and seashell decor items.

Accentuating the available space

Most people move to Florida for the beautiful weather. They don’t want to feel as though they are living in a tiny home or micro condo. Accentuate the available space by putting small appliances such as coffee makers and toaster ovens in storage. Remove at least 50 percent of the dishes, books or clothing in closets, drawers and bookshelves. Carefully select items to leave out on tables or the countertops. A good real estate agent will review what you have to put out if you need a second opinion. Expert stagers warn that dark colors and floral patterns often make a home feel smaller and darker. Fewer furniture pieces and lighter colors often make rooms feel more spacious.

Accessorizing a fresh, neutral backdrop

Other economically-friendly staging tips include cleaning and deodorizing so your Florida home is show ready. Professional stagers offer a few tips about what colors to use such as Benjamin Moore’s “Pale Oak” for hallways, “Collingwood” for the living room and “White Dove” for trim. New lighting fixtures, decorative mirrors and inexpensive but tasteful artwork often helps a home sell for more money. Instead of buying all new furniture or hiring a staging company to bring in pieces, simply rearrange what you have. Finally, most people have fun with the last stage of staging which is to accessorize.  Opt for the budget-friendly, “Bed-in-a-bag” for making all the bedrooms look more coordinated. Strategically place flowers in vases, wreaths, sculptures and décor throughout the home.

By making your home look like a model house, you reap the benefits of a quick sale at a higher sales price. At International Title Partners, we provide excellent closing services at our office in Belleair Bluffs or your home and office in Pinellas County. For more advice on home staging, please contact us.