The Secret to Successful Mission Viejo Home Staging

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The Secret to Successful Mission Viejo Home Staging

The Secret to Successful Mission Viejo Home Staging?  Pillows.

A crucial part of effective Mission Viejo home staging is the proper introduction of the perfect pillows into your family room, living room, and bedrooms. Of course, this Mission Viejo home staging tutorial presumes that you’ve prepped these rooms by removing the dirt, clutter, personal items, and anything that doesn’t fit into your basic one to three color scheme of either complimentary colors or ever-so-poshly contrasting colors.

You probably don’t have enough pillows on hand, in the appropriate theme-friendly colors, to accomplish the most effective Mission Viejo home staging job.  Easy to fix.  Grab something that represents each of your one to three anchor colors for each room (this means the living room, family room, and every one of your bedrooms) and off you go to Stein Mart, Home Goods, Target, Ikea,  and the local thrift store.  Grab all the pillows you can find that match your color scheme(s).  You’ll want at least three to four rows of pillows on each bed, groups of three pillows on each of your couches and what we in the staging business call vignettes of groups of one to  three pillows on love seats and chairs.  It is fine if you make a trip for each room, so you can maintain your color and theme focus. It is really easy to be overwhelmed by pillows.  And feel free to ask for help while you’re shopping.  On a recent staging run I made, I actually laid all the pillows and bedding on the floor and had three shoppers offer suggestions on what looked best.  One was even a professional decorator who gave me her advice and a big “thumbs up.” Nice!

When selecting pillows, you’ll want some solid colored pillows, some simply geometric prints, and some accent pillows.  You’ll want a range of sizes as well.  Think of your job as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the sale of you house.  If your house can handle a little bling, throw in a couple of pillows with sequins, crystals, gold piping, and tassels. Or go big with your animal scheme with leopard, zebra, giraffe, and tiger prints.

Once you get all the pillows back home, it may feel a bit uncomfortable.  You’re going to be putting these pillows in places where you and/or other family members normally sit.  That’s the downside to staging, you have to give up a little bit on how you normally live in your house.  Or just adopt the strategy that the pillows go on once the people have vacated.  Take them off when the family are home and put them back on every morning to get your house ready to show.  These are sales props, people.  Just move them when you need to and make it easy to “place” them back when there’s someone coming to see your house.

Another crucial part of pillowing your house involves the Karate Chop.  You must learn to face your pillows head on, put your dominant arm straight out, hold your hand with fingers together in a vertical position, and hit the middle of each pillow with your pinky first in a quick Karate Chop.  This should make a perfect V shape in the pillow.  The V shaped pillow has been known to attract more offers than a bread machine or home-baked chocolate chip cookies. Please note, most pillows do not naturally hold the V shape, so you’ll have to Karate Chop frequently.  The more attention you give to small details like pillows, the more effective your Mission Viejo home staging will be.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo real estate.

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