What’s the secret to getting your home sold in today’s real estate market? With many homes on the market, you need to make sure yours stands out. Properly prepared homes will sell quicker and for a better price.
Preparing your house for selling can be a daunting and overwhelming task whether you have lived in your home a few years or many. The longer you have lived in your home, the more things you will have acquired and the more wear and tear will show on your home. The intent of these 10 Tips for Staging Your Home is to help you save TIME, MONEY and ENERGY.
In preparing your house for selling you need to take a step back and have the mindset that this is no longer your home, but your investment for your future. You want your home to have broad buyer appeal to the market. Following these 10 Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money than if you did not prepare it for selling.
1. Don’t ignore your curb appeal
This is the first thing potential buyers will see when they view your home, and you want to make a good first impression. Ways to boost your curb appeal include: power washing siding and walkways; planting blooming flowers in flower beds or decorative pots; keeping a freshly mowed lawn; adding new, shiny door handles or knockers; and adding fresh coats of paint to the exterior of your home, including repainting or staining the porch.
2. Maintain a clean home
This one might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often it is overlooked! A clean home translates into ‘They must have really cared for their home’. Consider investing in professional cleaners, especially if you have a larger home or little time of your own to keep it sparkling clean.
3. Declutter & de-personalize
A tidy home creates an inviting and calm space and is more attractive to buyers. You want them to be able to envision themselves living there with their own possessions. Decluttering will help them focus on the features of your home as opposed to your personal items. Start packing unnecessary items such as decorations, books, and extra or seasonal clothing items as soon as possible. To make your move easier, start donating or selling anything you don’t want to take with you. You can also rent a storage locker to hold anything that does not make the house look presentable during the selling stage.
4. Make your home smell wonderful
If you own pets or enjoy cooking at home, you’ll want to minimize odour as much as possible. Ensure all of your carpeting is steam cleaned, as well as upholstery if possible. Add a light fragrance to your home by using a reed diffuser, plug-in wall fragrance, or simmering some delicious herbs, spices, and citrus slices on the stovetop.
5. Add accents to style your home
Little touches here and there can really go a long way in how others perceive your home. Add a bowl of fresh fruit to the countertop in the kitchen (a bowl of yellow lemons adds some cheery colour as well as a clean association). Style the top of your dining table with dinnerware and cutlery, as if you’re preparing for a dinner party. Top off your couch with accent pillows in a complimentary colour to the room. These might seem like little details, but they are what will elevate your home and really give it that wow factor. If you need inspiration, there are plenty of home design magazines and websites to look at. Houzz, Apartment Therapy, and Style at Home are a few of our favourite home design blogs.
6. Re-arrange your furniture
Re-arranging your furniture is a great way to add a facelift to any room with little impact to your budget. Pulling furniture in living areas out from the walls will create cozy conversation areas and make your home look more elegant. You can also highlight your home’s best selling features through your furniture placement and lighting. For example, if your living room has a grand fireplace, arrange the furniture around it so that the viewer’s eye is drawn to it. If your furniture is in poor condition or not appropriate for the room, consider renting or borrowing furniture from family and friends.
7. Have a purpose for each room
If there is a room in your home that has been used as a general ‘do-it-all’ or storage room, clean it out and set it up as a guest bedroom, office, home gym, etc. You want buyers to see the potential in the spaces in your home, not just how you’ve been using it since you’ve lived there.
8. Update lighting fixtures and hardware
A relatively low-budget update that will stand out in your home is updating hardware (such as cupboard and door handles) and lighting fixtures. Select modern and neutral accents that will broadly appeal to buyers in your market.
9. Paint with a limited, neutral colour scheme
If your interior needs a fresh coat of paint, select a minimal and neutral colour scheme (a maximum of 3 colours) to carry throughout your home. This will help your home appear more cohesive and modern, especially if you have an open floor plan.
10. Examine your flooring
Flooring is something that potential buyers will always notice when viewing your home. If your floors need updating, it can be a very good investment before you sell to increase the value of your home and also increase its appeal. Opt for high-quality laminate or hardwood for main floor living areas; plush carpeting for bedrooms; and attractive tile for bathrooms, laundry, and mud-rooms.
With some time and effort, you can get your home looking its best so that it sells faster and for more money.
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