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Make the home you have be the home you want
(Or, staging for the home you want to STAY in!)

How would you like to make the home you have, be the home you want—without having to move, or invest in a massive decorating project? You can! Read on to find out how.

Social media feeds are full of them: gorgeous rooms, staged to sell for extra-top-dollar in today’s market. Wouldn’t it be amazing if your home could look like that now, while you’re still in it?

As stagers, when we’re getting a home ready to sell, the mission is very focused: help clients to bring out the best in their home in the most efficient, effective—and often the least costly ways possible. We do it by guiding them in:

  • how to declutter,
  • what repairs will make the biggest impact, and
  • how to decorate to highlight (or sometimes to create) the most striking features of the home—the ones that make people go “wow—your home is beautiful!” when they walk in.

But why should home sellers have all the fun? Wouldn’t YOU like to feel the same way every day you live in your house? You can. The easiest way, of course, is to give us a call (wink wink—we can help people in person, but also by Zoom!).

Don’t worry though: we promised how-to steps, and here they are. So get started!

Strategic decluttering

When we’re staging, we ask homeowners to remove all the personal items. Naturally that’s not needed when you’re staying put!  There is, however, an important strategy to use for your decluttering if you want to create a decorator look that still feels like home:

Think of your walls and surfaces as a gallery vs a gift shop.

What do we mean? Most of us tend to collect photos, decorative items, trinkets, wall hangings and memorabilia over time and put them “on display” all over our homes, all year long. It’s possible we swap a few out during the winter holidays, but otherwise, our walls, shelves, and tables are filled with items. And because we see them every day, they become almost invisible. Almost.

In the back of our minds these precious possessions become “stuff” that fills our homes. Our eyes and hearts drink in less of their joy as time goes on. That’s why our top recommendation for creating your own “staged home” you’ll love every day is to cycle your personal items.

  • Select 25% of your items (or so)—choose favorites you’ll keep out for 3 months.
  • Box up the remaining ¾ and store them until May (or whatever the next season is when you’re reading this!).
  • When it’s time to cycle them, open the box, and meet your old friends! Choose 25%; put the rest away.
  • TIP: Dust them before putting them out; you’ll be amazed at how the air in your home feels lighter.

Strategic Updates

You can’t really live in your home without there being trouble spots or some damage here and there. Chance are good that you’re taking care of the big things when they break; it’s the little things that start to wear on our psyches like frayed hems on our favorite shirts.

They’re the ones to tackle if you want your home to go back to being the home you really WANT. Here are some that commonly need attention:

  • Add spackle and a coat of paint to baseboards, door/window and fireplace trim.
  • If it’s been a few years, have the walls and ceilings painted, too.
  • Paint and/or fix any doors that are scuffed up and/or don’t open or close smoothly.
  • Add a fresh, neat layer to grout and caulking in bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Fix and/or replace any edging pieces where floor surfaces adjoin that have come loose, have emerging nail heads, or are scraped up.

Strategic Decorating

The decorating task is a little more difficult to give you guidance on, since the goal is to highlight your home’s unique features. We’ve got a gallery of ideas to inspire you though—and offer these basic tips to get you started:

  • Move furniture and one (or three) dramatic decorative items so they draw attention to the most striking features of your rooms. Often this will be the fireplace, or windows with a beautiful view.
  • Add texture and visual interest to a room that’s currently feeling a little neutral by painting it in a bold color or using a unique wallpaper. Or you might add an eye-catching piece of art or even an interesting 3D feel by adding built in bookcases or trim work.
  • Use pops of color to liven up your spaces and tie your whole look together. It’s easy and inexpensive to do with throw pillows or blankets, candles, flowers, area rugs or vases.

You’ll find lots more ideas by following our Instagram and other social streams, where we share décor and staging looks in all sorts of home styles. But if you’d like to expedite things and get a helping hand from a pro, we’d love to help “stage” your home so you love where you live even more right now. Just give us a shout!

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Alison Spain

Sherrie and the First Impression Home Staging Team did a great job. We engaged Sherrie in designing and procuring furniture for an entire four bedroom home. Our project was very time sensitive and she beautifully designed, procured, stored and staged…read more

Michael Thurston

Sherrie was seriously amazing! Our house looks so awesome after our FaceTime staging call (quarantine probs) She was personable, patient and very knowledgeable! Would 100% use her again and definitely recommend!

Gina C

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Cheri K

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Rena W

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We used First Impressions Home Staging to help us with a completely new interior design of a vacation rental we bought in the mountains of Virginia. Sherrie and Roslyn were both amazing to work with. They were conscientious of our…read more

Josee M

Sherrie has an amazing eye for color and a talent on how to bring out the best in a space. She spent time getting to know what items in my home meant the most to me and created a paint…read more

Shannon H

We recently placed our home for sale and hired Sherrie and First Impression Home Staging to stage it. They did a fabulous job and the house looks beautiful. Sherrie is wonderful to work with. After an initial walk through of…read more

Joan K

Sherrie did a fabulous job staging our home for sale! I would HIGHLY recommend her if you are preparing your home to sale. We had never used staging before to sell a house, but now we are certainly believers indeed!…read more

Rachel M

Sherrie came in to stage our home to sell & she did just that. She made terrific suggestions & simply put, she made our home more marketable. I highly recommend her & if given the opportunity, I would choose to…read more

Sheila C.

The home that you staged went under contract in 3 days with 2 offers. I am certain that your staging was instrumental. The sellers are thrilled. They are so excited. They are convinced it was the best investment!

Mindy O.

Thanks very much Sherrie! You did an amazing job helping us get their home beautiful and ready to list.

Heather Piper, KW Realtor

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Hugh Grist, Grist Realty

We’d just like to offer a sincere thanks for the work you did staging our house. We believe that the advice you and Amy gave us along with your staging made a huge difference in both the price and the…read more

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