How to Stage Indoor Plants

Deirdre Alexander
February 11, 2022

If you're selling your home in Azusa, CA, or the surrounding area, you want to set yourself up to receive multiple offers, ideally over the asking price. You may have heard that staging a home helps to highlight the features and potential of the property to bring in top dollar. However, did you know that including indoor plants when you stage your home can further increase its appeal to potential buyers?

Ask real estate experts, and you'll hear about the difference incorporating indoor plants when staging a home can make. If you're interested in learning how to stage indoor plants to help maximize the profit from the sale of your house, continue reading. I'll share a number of tips that will help you decide which types of plants to choose, where to place them, and more.

Choose Real Plants over Fake Plants

Indoor plants

While fake plants may seem appealing because they do not require any maintenance, they aren't the best choice when staging a home. Nothing can beat the look and feel of a real plant. Even the more realistic-looking fake plants just can't compare to the fresh scent of a real plant.

However, in some cases, you may not have the option to use real plants. If you have already moved out of the home you are listing, and no one will be able to water real plants, fake plants may be the best option you have. In this case, be sure to look for realistic-looking plants that are clean and dust-free.

Select Healthy and Vibrant-Looking Plants

First impressions matter a lot when trying to sell a home. Leaving out wilting plants or plants with brown leaves won't help leave the impression that you want. When shopping for plants, avoid discount centers where the plants are less likely to have been properly cared for. Rather, find a local florist or company that can help guide you in selecting the right plant for your needs. Inspect each plant carefully before purchasing it to ensure that it looks healthy.

Bringing home a healthy plant is only the first step. You'll need to do a bit of work to keep the plant looking vibrant for all of your future showings or open houses. Follow the care instructions to make sure you're providing the right amount of water and sunlight to help the plant grow properly.

Be Purposeful When Choosing Pots and Containers for the Plants

Choosing pot for an indoor plant

In addition to choosing healthy and attractive-looking plants, you also want to choose attractive pots and vases for your plants and flowers. Most plants will come in a plastic flower pot. Even if the plant itself is gorgeous, the plastic flower pot is just going to look tacky. It'll grab the attention of potential buyers, but not in the good way that you want.

Take some time to select containers, pots, and vases for the plants you choose that will increase the visual appeal of your space. You don't have to buy a matching set. Remember, you'll be putting plants in different rooms in your home, and you can choose containers that will add the right feel to each space. For example, if you have a farmhouse-style kitchen, consider choosing a metal tin or some other vintage-inspired pot. If all the furniture in another room is neutral in color, choosing a colorful planter may give a pop of color to help the space.

Fill Bare Spaces

Part of getting your home ready to sell means paring down your personal effects. While this can make it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home, it can also create a lot of empty spaces. When thinking about how to stage indoor plants, consider using the plants to fill some of these empty spaces. This can help keep your house feeling like a home and prevent it from feeling too empty and bare.

Some spaces that could benefit from indoor plants include dining tables, end tables, desks, and window sills. Think about anywhere you had decorative items or family pictures that were removed, and see whether a plant could work in that space.

Draw Visitor's Attention to Key Features of the Home

If your home has any special architectural elements or other features you'd like to highlight, using indoor plants can help you achieve this goal. Placing plants near some of the key "selling points" of your home can help make sure potential buyers see what you want them to see.

Plants can also help potential buyers gauge the size of each room. Seeing how a large or small plant fits in a given space may help them visualize how their furniture items would fit in the room. You may also want to consider adding a few tall plants in rooms that have higher ceilings to help buyers appreciate the space even more.

Mix Different Colors and Textures

When choosing plants for your home, choose a variety of different types. Mixing flowering plants with succulents, greenery, and even some bouquets of fresh flowers will help each room feel more unique and special. Buyers will appreciate the variety and your attention to detail as well.

Use Plants to Greet Potential Buyers

Indoor plants in a room

Placing some plants on your porch and/or in your entryway can add a touch of cheer to greet buyers as they enter your home. They'll feel more welcomed into your home, and maybe more able to visualize it becoming their home.

When choosing plants for these spaces, consider choosing a flowering plant. The colors of the flowers will add to the welcoming and cheerful effect.

Place Plants Where They'll Be Able to Grow and Thrive

Finally, make sure you place your plants in an area that will meet their needs. Check the care instructions, or do some quick online research, to determine how much sun the plant needs to grow best. If you're looking for a plant to place in a bathroom or another room that doesn't get much sunlight, some good options to consider include snake plants, pothos, ivy, philodendrons, and peace lilies. Conversely, plants such as aloe vera, geraniums, crotons, yucca plants, and jade plants.

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