What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Staging a Room for Selling a House

I like watching HGTV shows and one thing that I noticed on any of the shows where they are selling property is they like to stage the rooms. In come areas there are even companies that will come in to stage your house to help make the house or property sell quicker. Staging works well for those families who do not have to live in the house while it is the process of showing. Living in the house presents a new set of problems because it is very difficult to keep every room looking pristine for showing on short notice. This disrupts you entire routine and every aspect of your lifestyle. The best way to deal with this situation is to declutter as much as possible and stage any rooms you can feasibly not use. That way there will always be a couple of rooms that you don't have to rush around doing last minute straightening before a short notice showing.

temporary room stagingRoom Staging

If you recall we have been working on putting the bedroom that was being redone into a craft room just a day before finding out new that would see us selling this house. We finished painting the room, installed a new light, installed laminate flooring and changed the floor vent out. The last thing that remains to be done is updating the electrical outlets (top) for the European style. Since this will take little time and make minimal mess I took a few moments to do a bit of staging. We won't be actually using this room before we move so it can be left this way until the house sells.

I staged the room simply using the items we have on hand for our grandchildren. This included a crib, rocking chair, high chair and a few toys. I thought the outcome staged the room nicely to give the idea of a nursery. The rocking chair is rather special as it was the one I used to nurse all of our kids. Hopefully it brings good karma to the room!

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