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Home Staging – Laundry room – the forgotten room!

Entry #76, April 26, 2010

Several of Stagetecture’s posts have been about home staging. Terry Haas from HGTV’s – ‘Designed to Sell’ gave us 10 home staging tips for home owners. The kitchen, bedrooms, and exterior of the home are usually the main focus of home staging. How about the Laundry room? Do you know that home buyers

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Staging in the Laundry room is just as important as the rest of your home!

look at this important space too?

Mary Marlowe Leverette, from About.com Guide has a feature that focuses on staging a laundry room. Read her simple tips on staging a space that is usually forgotten, but is not forgotten by home buyers!

  • Clean Out

Often, the laundry area is part of a finished or unfinished basement. Even if the space is used for storage or another use, the laundry area should sparkle as much as your clean clothes. Discard or store off-site anything that does not have to part of the laundry area.

  • Clean Up

Take time to wipe down your washer and dryer to make them look shiny and well cared for. Vacuum up any lint and clean any traveling dust bunnies. Wipe up detergent spills.

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Consider adding some color to your laundry room to freshen it up

If you are still doing laundry while showing your home, don’t leave piles of dirty or clean laundry in the space. No one wants to see that!

  • Brighten and Lighten
A coat of fresh paint and a new light fixture with plenty of wattage will easily brighten up the laundry area. Use a light, clean color like white or sky blue. Consider painting an area of the concrete floor in an unfinished basement to designate the laundry space.
  • Store it Correctly

I’ll bet we all can find some laundry product bottles that are outdated or empty. Throw them away. Put detergent and other laundering supplies in cupboards. If you don’t have cupboards, inexpensive shelving can look great with attractive canisters or baskets.

  • Add Some Flair
If there’s a window with a drab view, hide it with a curtain or a nice blind that is light enough to allow some light to pass through it. Add a framed picture or a plant to make the area more attractive.
  • Tend to Outdoor Areas
Take a moment to clean the outside vent of your dryer. Loads of lint hanging from the vent does not speak to a well cared for home. If you have an outdoor clothesline, be sure it looks neat and usable – no rust, no sagging.

For more Laundry tips visit About.com Guide

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