Interior Design Tips for Staging a Home to Sell

Guest Blog By: Skylar Ross

With the number of home buyers in Las Vegas outsripping the number of sellers, it may not seem like you have to do much to sell your home in this hot market besides post a sign in your front yard and let the buyers come calling.

Still, despite the strong seller’s market, you will want to make your home as attractive as possible to maximize your leverage when negotiating a premium price, so consider the following interior design tips when staging your home to sell.

1. Put Aging in Place Features on Full Display

Retirees have always had a desire to migrate to warm climates to enjoy their post-work years. With this in mind, any aging in place features–those features that allow residents to enjoy full functionality of the home as they advance in age–can truly set a home apart on the Las Vegas market.

Therefore, keep the following tips in mind when staging your home:

  • Keep the shower door/curtain open to prominently display a shower seat or removable shower head
  • Invest in custom handrails to give aging buyers confidence they will have the assistance they need to go up and down staircases
  • Demonstrate how to use any remote control lights or HVAC systems

2. Make the Kitchen the Center of Attention

No area of the home sparks the imagination of prospective buyers quite like the kitchen. After all, many first-time home buyers are moving from an apartment or other smaller residence that is inadequate for hosting friends and family for get-togethers, so an attractive, functional kitchen can often be the deciding factor in a shopper’s decision to buy.

Some interior design projects that can help you create a next-level kitchen for staging include:

  • Installing modern, Energy Star-certified appliances that will help buyers save on utility costs
  • Replacing dated surfaces with innovative acrylic countertops, whose nonporous fabrication makes for extremely easy cleaning–a highly relevant consideration in the COVID-19 era
  • Using open shelves in place of traditional closed cabinets in order to creatively put china and cookware on display

3. Replace the Carpet with a More Trendy Material

Carpet is a functional and affordable flooring material. However, it is not necessarily the flooring you want buyers to see if you are looking to increase resale value in your home.

As such, consider doing a floor replacement with materials that are more well-known for being attractive to buyers. Superior flooring options for staging your home would include engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl tile, or polished concrete. 

While these hard surfaces have a classy appearance that creates a favorable impression among buyers, they do have a tendency to get a bit brisk in the early hours of winter mornings–yes, even in Las Vegas. To alleviate this concern, consider pairing these hard flooring options with  a radiant floor heating system that will keep the floors comfortable through all seasons.

4. Let the Sunlight Flow

Energy-efficient homes are all the craze on the contemporary real estate market, and one of the best ways to make your home energy efficient is by letting the sun do all of the work.

Few places in America get more sunshine than Las Vegas, so if your home features any large windows that allow for the free flow of natural light, be sure that all blinds are drawn and curtains are open when staging. Not only will this help buyers save on electric costs, but it creates a more pleasant environment, overall.

To maximize the effect of this natural light flow, consider adding some indoor plants to the areas of the home that receive the most sunlight.

Conclusion

While the Las Vegas real estate market is undoubtedly hot, it is important for you to do some interior design prior to staging to increase the chances that your home returns a premium price. Highlighting aging in place features, a trendy kitchen, new flooring, and natural light are some of the ways that your property can stand out to buyers.

Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.

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