How to Stage an Older Home for Sale

Written by Just Organized By Taya

Just Organized by Taya, led by RESA Certified Home Stager and Professional Organizer Taya Wright, offers home staging and home and life organization services, in addition to interior styling services to residents across the Greater Houston area.

June 28, 2020

Selling a house these days is no easy task. It can be harder if the house you’re selling is an older or even historic one.
Sure, older homes have distinctive appeal, but they often only attract certain buyers. If you want to attract more buyers, you need to stage your older home accordingly, maximizing the best features to make buyers fall head over heels with it! Here’s how to go about it.

Use Traditional Wall Colors

There are so many paint colors these days that sellers can get confused when choosing shades for their homes. Try to go for classic wall colors or fresh historic options which draw attention to the exceptional selling points of the homes. These colors include Georgian green, Palladian blue, pearl gray, and ivory.

Create a Practical Kitchen

The kitchen of an old home must appeal to all types of buyers. One of the things most historic homes lack is storage. Homeowners must add different storage options to make their kitchens functional. You should also buy updated appliances where needed which provide convenience.
Those with small kitchens can create the illusion of space by mixing traditional dark wood finishes with painted finishes.

Highlight the Best Features

Most historical homes sell for their features hence this is something sellers should maximize on.
You should show off granite countertops, decorate mantels sparingly, and minimize patterns and lavish décor. Less is more, that even beautiful décor can look chaotic when used generously. Remove extra décor and leave only what is necessary.

Showcase the Flooring

If your older home has beautiful flooring – which many do – showcase it to the max. Those whose flooring looks worse for wear can cover it with rugs and carpeting and you can also use area rugs to draw attention away from bad carpeting.
One important note. Buyers love wood flooring and it should not be covered up by outdated carpeting. Even worn or damaged wood flooring is more appealing than carpeting for most buyers, and sanding and refinishing heavily damaged floors is more affordable than many people think.

Choose Simple Window Treatments

Heavy drapes can make a home look older than it actually is and also keep light out. Remove heavy drapes and replace them with simple window treatments. These let more light in and help make rooms appear bigger. They also show off the beauty of the windows. Pull the curtains back during the day to give buyers a glimpse of the outdoors.

Update the Bathroom

There are many things you can do to revamp their bathrooms, even on a budget. Clean them, replace worn or hopelessly outdated fixtures, and remove personal items are all super easy musts. But the aim is to make the room livable without personalizing it.
No buyer wants to see another person’s shavers, shampoos, and skincare products in the bathroom that might one day be theirs. They will not be able to envision themselves in the space and will not make an offer. Add new towels, shower curtains, and mats and put away all your personal supplies.

Update Fixtures and Hardware

One of the big beauties of home staging is that small things can be used to create a big impact. For example, get rid of their outdated brass doorknobs and replace them with brushed nickel knobs unless they are in great condition, in which case, polish them until they shine!
Need help staging your older Houston home for sale? Contact us today, the Just Organized by Taya home staging team has wide experience across a range of properties, from the older, traditional house to brand new urban condos!

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