This home stager is staging her own house in preparation for sale. Yes, the time has come for us to downsize and to move to a lower duplex apartment, which we are currently extending and renovating completely (but that will be another story).
Having raised my kids in this house, I am emotionally attached to it. But, I must remain objective and critical in order to stage it for sale. I feel your pain!
Let me share with you the process I went through:
I started by reviewing each room in the house for unnecessary stuff, noting whether any minor repairs or a coat of fresh paint was needed. I made a list of things to do for each room. And then the work begun! As this home stager dislikes clutter in her everyday life (convenient for her job), there was not that much stuff to de clutter, but it still took a few days and several garbage bags, as we all accumulate things as years go by.
Main challenges and how this home stager addressed them:
My youngest daughter’s room is quite small and I wanted to make it look bigger. I moved a desk and some bookshelves out of her room and re positioned them in different areas of the house.
One of the bedrooms was converted into a den with a fireplace by a previous owner. It has not been renovated since I bought the house (as I was always hoping it would be out next renovation project:)) and it did NOT look good. It was my office, as I love the view to the garden. As we were not going to renovate it now, the room was repainted in an off white color (including the brick fireplace and the wood paneling) and my office moved to the basement. The room was staged as a den.
Last, but not least, challenge was our basement, which was awful LOL and was never really used as a living space. We needed to do some renovations here. Out came the popcorn ceiling, the wood paneling was replaced by new drywall, new paint applied and new floating floor put down. Wow, what a difference! One final step – the basement was staged (could have been left empty, if your budget doesn’t allow for it, as long as it’s nice an clean).
The work continues slowly but surely. Closets are done, the garage – NOT!
As a home stager, my final word of advice is – prioritize, work room-by-room, don’t get discouraged. Even is the house will not be perfect, any improvements you do are better than none!