Staging the Basement
DIY Home Staging Tips
for a faster, more profitable home sale

Staging the basement and turning it into a useful space can make the difference between a quick sale or having your home linger on the market for months. 

Basement home interior designFresh, neutral wall color and cheerful green bedding give this basement bedroom a fresh and inviting feeling

Staging the basement

  • Painting basement walls in white or light neutral paint colors will brighten up the area. A coat of fresh paint is a far cry from a basement renovation, but it can do wonders!
Laundry organizing systemsLaundry organizing systems make this a functional space
  • Paint low basement ceilings white. Light paint colors will visually raise a low ceiling. 
  • A spare room with a window can be staged as a bedroom or a home office. Either will add value to your home.
  • If you need window treatments for privacy, hang them off to the side of the window to let in maximum natural light.
  • Place a neutral-colored area rug under a conversational grouping; an area rug will unify the furniture and make the basement feel cozier.
  • Stage the laundry area as a separate space. Invest in some laundry organizing systems to hold all the clutter.
  • A basement renovation, even a modest one, will add square footage and value to your home.
  • Stage the basement with light, neutral colored upholstered furniture to keep the feeling light. 
Basement media interior designLight paint colors, neutral area rug and furniture, new flooring, contemporary lighting and storage make this a successful basement renovation
  • Avoid dark, heavy furniture. The effect can be oppressive in an already dark room.
  • Add cheery colored accessories, like yellow, blue and green to brighten up the basement.
  • A large area in the basement can be staged as a media room, a teenage hangout, or the ever popular "man-cave." It doesn't have to be fancy-- many home buyers will see the potential of space in a basement and want to add their own touches.
  • Updating old light fixtures with modern contemporary lighting is a cost-effective way to improve a space.
  • Use closet organizing systems and built-in organizers for sports equipment, laundry supplies, media stuff, whatever you need to have on hand while your house is on the market.

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