Over the past year, working from home has become more popular than ever, which is great for sellers whose homes have a home office. Buyers want a dedicated space in which they can work without it interfering with the other spaces of their home. Slowly but surely, it’s starting to become one of the most important rooms in a house. If you want to take advantage of this, then you want to stage your home office properly. However, not everyone is aware of where to start or good design techniques to really show off this space. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. Staging a home office doesn’t have to be hard with these 6 steps:
Start staging a home office by cleaning your office from top to bottom. You want to start by cleaning the ceiling and any fans, then move to your windows, desks and other surfaces, and finally the floor. This will help you clean holistically. The first step in any staging process is to make sure the space is clean entirely. The best part? You can do this for any room in the house and even implement it as a part of your spring cleaning techniques.
Next, you want to depersonalize the room. That means taking down trophies, awards, certificates, and all personal mementos. Essentially, you want to make this room look like it just came off a factory floor. People want to envision a blank canvas to work with when it comes to any room in the house. The home office is no exception. Gather up your knickknacks other personal mementos from around the office and store them. In order for people to envision their perfect home, they need a space that doesn’t feel like it belongs to someone else. Make sure to have all paperwork and tools filed away when staging a home office.
A focal point is the centerpiece of a room. It is usually centered around a certain piece of furniture or statement piece. For most people, staging a home office means making a desk your focal point. Consider putting your desk in the middle of the room with either a bookshelf to the side or behind. Again, you can depersonalize the space, but having a focal point in the room will show off its functionality.
When most people think of a home office, they think of a space where they can be creative at any time of the day. Many people picture working into the night on a special project with the faint glow of a trusty light. Lighting is a key part of staging a home office. You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive light. Instead, consider adding a simple desk lamp or a lighting fixture to the side of your desk. That will help some buyers think about what they would be able to do in this space, again showing its functionality.
Sometimes, people will paint their home offices with special colors to help make it feel like it is an entirely different space. However, when it comes to staging a home office it’s more difficult to try and sell a room that has extreme colors. Instead, try painting the room over with some neutral colors to give it a calm and welcoming atmosphere. Neutral colors will make the room more inviting and easily adaptable to a new owner’s taste.
Lastly, make sure to keep that space clean. Even if you still need to work in your home office until you move, you don’t want a potential buyer to see your trash strewn around the floor. Stay on top of your cleanliness by emptying your trash can every day, wiping down your desk, and keeping all pens and pencils neatly tucked away.
Are you considering selling your home? Want help staging your home office or other rooms of your home? At MWT Realty we can help sell your home for the best price. We’ve got all the tips, tools, and tricks of the real estate business at our disposal and we want to help you! Contact us today and find out how we can help you!