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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Allen Design Team

The Difference Between Home Staging and Decorating

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

Staging your home for an open house is crucial in adding appeal to buyers. However, many are unaware of the difference between full-on redecorating and simply staging a home to be presentable for showings.

Here is a breakdown of what home staging really means and how you can get your interior ready for the market.

Clean instead of buy

There are many ways to spruce up your interior space without breaking the bank. Make sure to do a thorough cleaning of every surface and room, including baseboards and those nooks and crannies that you normally skip over.

Remove any clutter

Getting rid of things you don’t need or use on an everyday basis is a crucial step. Make sure to donate or throw away items that you find get in the way of anyone seeing all your home has to offer, or box up any additional items to free up space.

Play around with placement

Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture. A major aspect of staging involves experimenting with the location of furniture and decor. It’s all about creating the illusion that you redid your space without completely doing so.

Try to be objective

When staging your home, the key is to depersonalize your space so potential buyers can see themselves living there. Try and take yourself out of the picture and ask yourself what the next homeowner would want to see.

These differences may seem subtle, but the key to staging versus redecorating is not going all-out. Rather, it’s switching things up, decluttering, doing minor touch-ups, and playing musical chairs with your furnishings and decor. All of these tips will put you one step closer to making your home a success on the market.

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