Staging Tips for Sprucing Up the Basement

Basements often have the reputation as being dark and dank. But the basement shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to staging a property.

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“Buyers will definitely poke their heads down in this cold, dark place,” notes an article at®. “So, imagine their pleasant surprise when it’s actually a functional, comfortable room where they might even want to hang out.”

Here are a few tips:

Declutter: The basement can be prime spot for towers of boxes and piles of belongings. “Make sure the space is organized and doesn’t appear to be a dumping ground,” Katie McCann, a professional organizer with Maeve’s Method, told®. Add storage bins or shelving to give everything its place. And instead of showing it as a dumping ground show it as the perfect spot for organized storage.

Add some cosmetic improvements: “This part of the house often gets more wear and tear than the other rooms, so invest in new carpeting for a fresh feel and repaint the walls,” suggests Gale Sitomer of Gale Sitomer Interior Design in New York City.

Watch the smell: Address any musty odors. “Keep a fan on for circulation, and use subtle air fresheners as needed,” Lisa and Chris Gulliver with Showhomes suggests. For a damp basement, buy a dehumidifier.

Brighten up the space: Don’t let the space feel dark and cold. Sitomer suggests painting the walls an off-white, use light-colored window treatments, and adding in plenty of lamps to warm up the area.

Show the possibilities: “Where possible, try to include a spot to watch TV, a place to lounge at one end, and a kids’ play area a the other,” suggests Jack Menashe, an interior designer and owner of Menashe Design. He also recommends an open library wall in-between spaces as a stylish way to help define the separate areas.

Source: “Home Staging Ideas to Take Your Basement to the Top,”® (Sept 16, 2016)