Prepping Your Master Bedroom for Sale

So many times when I am working with clients to get their home in top selling condition, they have done updates and upgrades to many areas of their homes but have not touched their master bedroom. The kid’s bedrooms are super cute and decorated but the master looks like they have just moved in.

The truth is, many people put this room on the bottom of the list as “no one sees it” or “it’s just a place to sleep.” Nothing is further from the truth when you go to sell your home. This room is probably the second  most important room in the house after the kitchen. People love nice master suites (the master bath is a part of this).

But let’s concentrate on just the bedroom portion for now. What I tell my Home Staging Consultation clients is “your master bedroom should feel like the best 5 star boutique hotel room you have ever been in.” This means soothing and tranquil.

Here are some tips to get there:

1.COLOR: Monochromatic color schemes set a calming feeling. You often see high end  hotel rooms do this very well. Pick one primary color and stick with it, with a combination of varying tones of that color or one coordinating color.

 

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2. BEDDING: Bedding is so important and you really can achieve a great look without spending a lot of money. Texture and depth are the key on the bed. You want at least 4 bed pillows or large European pillows for height in the back. Throw pillows to bring in the texture. Avoid bold busy bedding. Whites, creams and grays always work nicely but a simple consistent pattern can work if done correctly.

 

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3. BEDROOM SET: A headboard brings a statement to the room and many times creates the focal point in the room. An upholstered head board adds softness and sophistication to a room and can be purchased inexpensively. Nightstands flanking the bed are a must!

 

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4. LIGHTING: The master bedroom is an area that you can bring in a little bling or drama with a large ceiling chandelier making a statement and bedside lamps.

 

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5. READING NOOK: Everyone loves a chair in the master bedroom. If space allows….add a chair! It brings the sense of relaxation, a retreat with a space to grab that book and cup of tea or glass of wine and escape the left over hectic pace of the day. A small accent table and lamp next to the chair will complete the space.

 

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If you have neglected your master bedroom suite to focus on your kids or another living area, now is the time to get going and give your space some attention. Doing it before you get ready to sell will let you enjoy it. On the plus side, most of these tips and items are things that you can take with you to your new home!

If you need assistance with your master suite, whether selling or dwelling, reach out to a professional to guide you through the process.

Taking A Look At the Amount of Furniture in a Room

On my previous blog discussing Furniture Placement, I talked about how furniture needs to float in a room. In order to do that, many times furniture pieces need to be removed.

When a Home Stager comes into your home there is almost always the suggestion to remove clutter. A key factor to a room looking cluttered isn’t just the little items but also having too much furniture. A room with too much furniture can look weighed down and smaller than it actually is. A buyer doesn’t know what to look at and there is not a key focal point for their eyes to land on.

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Many times I see too many chairs or too many large pieces taking up to much room.

One piece or many pieces may need to be removed and placed elsewhere in the home or placed in storage. The buyer needs space to walk around each room and easily see the fireplace, a built-in bookcase or walk to the window to see the landscaping.

 

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Furniture pieces that hold cherished collections such as curio cabinets and hutches are most often recommended to be removed.

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Not only does their removal open up the space but they are personal in nature. This curio cabinet in the corner on the left photo was not needed and your eye went to that versus the fireplace.

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This hutch and decorative screen on the left made the room feel closed in. Removing them opened up the room and made it feel more spacious.

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Letting a buyer see themselves in your home versus personal items that make them feel like they are in your home is so important.

If you need assistance with the furniture pieces that could be removed to assist in the sale of your home, contact a Home Staging Professional.

 

Selling? Furniture Placement is Key!

One of the things I look at closely during a Home Staging Consultation is furniture placement. It is an element that is so important in just about every room.

As I meet with people, there seems to be a common belief that in order to make the room look as large as possible, push all  your furniture back to the walls. That just is not true. I would say in 90% of the rooms at least some, if not all, furniture pieces should be floating in the room away from the walls.

 

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Living room areas should be arranged into cozy conversation groupings.  A definitive traffic flow pattern should be obvious to the potential buyer walking through your home.

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Whenever possible beds should  not be jammed against a wall, no matter how small the room, but rather have space to walk around them.

 

Office desks may also be best floating in the middle of a room versus pushed against a wall.

 

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Furniture arrangement isn’t easy. It’s one of the things my students struggled with as I trained them with hands-on exercises to become a Certified Home Stager. So if you need help with an expert eye please reach out to a professional Home Stager.