Dscf0203.jpgPreppingand Staging Your Home To Sell

 

You’ve taken your real estate agent’s advice and gone through pain-staking repairs, remodeling and reno’s in order to make your house more sellable and attractive to potential buyers. 

 

So what do you need to do before you declare your home open to the public? Out of experience, and with advice from the experts, here are some home staging tips that you can do yourself to present your home in it’s very best light. 

 

SPIC N’ SPAN

DE-CLUTTER

ORGANIZE

DE-PERSONALIZE

STAGE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

CREATE AMBIANCE WITH LIGHTING

FRESH AIR

SAY NO TO FISH!

MECHANICAL ROOM

EASY MUSIC

 

SPIC N’ SPAN!

A  home for sale should be a clean house. Clean your home from top to bottom, and make sure all appliances are spotless. Steam-clean carpets and drapes, scrub kitchen and bathroom tiles, and wash floors, walls, windows, ceilings and trim.  Clean around tubs and sinks, removing water stains. 

 

This is also a good time to spray for bugs if you suspect you have an infestation.

DE-CLUTTER

Potential buyers like to see lots of space when viewing a property. Get rid of anything that you don’t need by holding a yard sale, donating it, or tossing it.  This is a great time to “pre-pack!”  Pack away seasonal clothing & bedding, and extra linens.  The more spacious your home looks, the bigger it looks.   You are moving anyways, and you might be surprised how much space you can create and promote.

Don’t forget to organize the basement and attic, and clear kitchen and bathroom countertops.

ORGANIZE

Tidy up cabinets, and neatly store toys, books and knick-knacks to maximize space.  Reorganize the closets and pack away some of your belongings. Storage is a priority for buyers,  having closets tidy, and less than full will show best. 

 

If you’ve been using a spare room for storage, put away the clutter and ensure the space is properly furnished. Limit the number of items stored on the closet floor or overhead.

DE-PERSONALIZE

To sell your home, you need to present it in a way that people can imagine their own belongings and furniture in your home.  They need to imagine themselves living there.   To do that, you will have to remove many of your personal items and detach your emotions.   Avoid displaying lots of photos, souvenirs, personal collections and medications.  This can be hard-  but it is only temporary!  As soon as you move and find a new home-  all your precious treasures can come out again!

 

Secure valuables, or consider storing them in a safety deposit box at the bank. Remove any items you're taking with you, such as chandeliers and mirrors.

STAGE

While creating the illusion of space is important for house staging, too much empty space can work against you. People buy homes, not houses. Empty rooms make it hard for buyers to get a good sense of the space: large rooms look cavernous, and small rooms look even smaller when empty. Oddly shaped rooms make it especially hard for buyers to visualize how to arrange furniture.

 

Staging your property with the right furniture is key to ensuring buyers can imagine living in the space, especially with smaller units like condos. Arrange your furniture to make rooms appear as spacious as possible.  We can help give you ideas for this!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Staging should start at the curb. If you haven’t already, get your lawn, porch or entryway looking pristine. Apply a fresh coat of paint to doors, shutters and siding if possible, and plant or display colorful flowers. The more inviting the outside of your home, the more excited people will be to see the inside. Bright clean windows are also a must!

CREAT AMBIANCE WITH LIGHTING

This is crucial!  Lighting can make a room look stark and cold, or warm and friendly.  Improper lighting will affect the colors of walls, and paint.   Conversely proper lighting can do wonders to bring a warm  and welcoming atmosphere, as well as  focus and attention to the desired areas of the room.   Indirect lighting is perfect for creating atmosphere, and direct lighting is great for work areas.  Please have the right lights on when you have a showing scheduled as the Realtor may not know where your light switches are. 

FRESH AIR

It is good to keep windows open before showings to air out the house from older vapors, food odors, and stuffiness.  Close the windows however if there is louder traffic outside that might compromise enjoyment of the room during showing. 

SAY NO TO FISH

And various other colorful smells!  Fish, curry, garlics, incenses, and other strong smells, may be appealing for some, but not necessarily for all.  Try to keep you foods and smells more neutral in order to appeal to the largest audience.  Remember they are buying your home not your dinner!  A light smell of vanilla or bread or cookies are great  but don't use anything too strong, as some people are irritated and bothered by some smells. 

MECHANICAL ROOM CLEANLINESS

While many people use their storage areas and furnace room as storage, make sure there is good access to the mechanical part of your home.  Ensure there is no loose wiring, and that your electrical box, and furnace are clean and in good repair.  It will say much for you as a responsible homeowner. 

EASY MUSIC 

Having some nice light easy listening music softly in the background is always a nice touch.  Easy listening music sets the mood, and fills in the quiet spaces.

 

During the listing process, we would be more than happy to give you specific tips as we walk through your home with you.  Anything that will feature your home at it’s best is a good thing to do! 

 

SHAWNWORSFOLD

REECEWORSFOLD


shawn@swproperties.ca

250.870.7771

 

Hon B. Sc, Realtor ®

Unlicensed Assistant


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