By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
From plants and area rugs to even children cribs, accessories are a great way to spruce up a home when staging it for sale.
A few weeks ago we asked you to tell us your favorite staging accessory, and you sent in several of your favorites. You can now view a few of your peers’ favorite staging accessories at REALTOR® Magazine online or in the magazine’s April issue.
Since then, we’ve collected more staging accessory ideas. Here are a few more favorites.
Fresh, Crisp Master Bed Treatments
“Home buyers want to see a neutral home that they can easily visualize moving into. Old family quilts, skimpy blankets, limp pillows, and wrinkly exposed sheets may be comfortable for everyday living but are turn-offs to buyers. Sometimes just covering a seller’s linens with a fresh, neutral comforter/coverlet/duvet and several fresh, plump pillows with coordinating shams and pillowcases can make a room feel like a four-star hotel, instead of a budget motel.” –Tracy Pulos, Prudential Fox & Roach REALTORS®, Wayne, Pa.
Pops of Greenery
“Floor plants or trees, especially palms, [are great staging accessories]. Plants and trees add so much life, movement, and reality to every room in a house. They can also fill up a space where sometimes nothing else will do. Sometimes all you need is a tree to round out a vignette of sorts, instead of staging an entire room, especially if cost is a factor.” –Angela Rehm, Staging Works
“My favorite staging accessory is a bunch of fresh flowers–if from the owner’s own garden, that’s even better! (My favorite flower to use is the tulip. It’s graceful and elegant and fits any style of home.) Fresh flowers can add a pop of color to any room, welcome potential buyers to a home, and even help distract from a room that may need a little TLC!” –Gail Rudakas, Coldwell Banker, Libertyville, Ill.
Love Seats and Child’s Crib
“We have a love seat that is mostly foam and weighs about 20 pounds. It has a bright floral print and goes most everywhere easily. We also have a white child’s bed/crib that is very transportable. This allows us to set-up one room as a nursery and we decorate around it.” –Mike Culat, RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill.
“One of my favorite staging accessories is a selection of the right books. Books for staging are just so versatile and so attractive–and not just the obvious really expensive coffee table books or color-grouped vintage leather bound books. The intellectual or spiritual looking books perched on night-stands, or those mouthwatering cookbooks in the kitchen–those are books that are the expected staging tools. But hardcovers and even paperbacks of all kinds of shapes and sizes work wonders to warm up a room and provide personality.” –Joni Usdan, Coldwell Banker, Westport, Conn.