SECRET SAUCE: Last weekend I staged, styled, and shot the home of some dear friends of mine in Darien, Connecticut, so they can list their home for rent. You can see the listing here!
Work is bringing my friends and their family back to the city, but their house is such a gem that they are going to rent it out. This place was truly a joy to photograph because of the beautiful design and great light. It is under a five minute walk to the Metro North, close to shops, and family friendly. Whoever snaps this place up will be very lucky!
I know that listing your home for rent or for sale can be overwhelming, but here are my tips for staying sane during this process!
Please note I am not a professional and these tips are my personal opinion only from personal experience. If you are listing your home, I strongly encourage you to seek the advice of your broker and act on their guidance regarding whether or not to hire a professional stager. I believe in the value of hiring design professionals!
If, however, you decide to stage on your own or there are things to do on your own, here are a few tips I have learned along the way.
1. Declutter: This is the cardinal rule of staging. Listing photos are all about helping potential buyers or renters envision themselves in your space and to show off the space as much as possible. These photos should not be about about your stuff and it’s important to have your home take center stage.
2. Add Fresh Flowers and Plants: Adding some fresh flowers and plants can really brighten a space. You can move arrangements around from room to room, so don’t worry about creating arrangements for each room. You should be get all of the flowers that you need for under $20 and here is my recommended shopping list (I typically get flowers from Trader Joe’s but any source will work):
one-two bunches eucalyptus (or other greenery)
one bunch white flowers
one bunch colored flowers