For many homeowners, the concept of professional home staging is shedding new light on how to promote a home in their real estate marketplace. If you’re thinking of selling your home, deciding on the best ways to organize your property before the “For Sale” sign is erected can help sell your home faster and at a higher price. Following are some home staging tips:
1. Make an impression. Prospective buyers make up their minds about your house even before they get out of the car. To ensure they have the right idea, clean up your yard, get rid of unsightly weeds, and sweep/shovel your driveway and porches. Get out the rags and cleanser and spend 30 minutes scouring your front door, porch, railings and steps. Then tuck away all your recycling cans and bins at the back of the house or in a corner of the garage.
2. Declutter. A common phrase used to describe the importance of decluttering is: Clutter eats equity. So purge your closets, empty cupboards and box up small appliances. You may even want to rent a storage locker to keep items you simply cannot part with, while throwing out items you’ve collected over the years that you don’t want to take with you to your next home. This will also save you time during your big move. Ensure you pay close attention to your countertops and coffee tables as well.
3. Impersonal works. You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home, so stash anything connected to your family or personal interests. Hide your son’s hockey trophies, store family photos and remove all traces of day-to-day life. This also includes removing personal effects from the bathrooms.
4. Keep it fresh. There’s nothing worse than stepping into a house that smells of smoke, dampness or pet odours. The easy solution is to keep your windows open for 10 minutes a day. This strategy works better than deodorizers since a lot of people have allergies to artificial room fresheners. The oldest trick of all? Leave chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. Yes, it’s hokey, but the smell does do wonders to help buyers bond with your home.
5. Declare war on grime. Cleanliness helps put a buyer’s mind at ease since it suggests that you’ve probably taken good care of your residence in other ways as well. So clean everything: walls, door handles, light fixtures and pantry cupboards. And don’t forget to dust your furnace room and furnace, since this makes your furnace look newer. Power washing windows, walkways, eavestroughs and pathways can also do wonders for your home’s exterior.
6. Hire a handyman. If you don’t have the time or expertise to deal with the aesthetics of your home, consider hiring a professional. Dripping faucets, cracked tiles and mouldy caulking around the bathtub can knock thousands of dollars off the price of your home.
7. Colour it up. Your single best investment may be a fresh coat of paint in key areas of your home. Try painting your front door and placing some urns containing seasonal arrangements on your front step or just inside the entryway. Remember that small touches can make a house seem cared for and important.
8. Reduce furniture. An easy way to create a sense of space is to get rid of some furniture. Moving a sofa and end tables into storage can give a small room some much-needed breathing space. If your furniture dates from the Mulroney era, consider packing it away and renting or borrowing some modern, stylish furniture or a couple of well-chosen pieces of wall art. Keep your rooms clean and simple like a hotel room or the showroom for a new house.
9. Lighten up. The brighter and sunnier a space, the easier it is to sell. If you don’t have the time or energy to clean all of your windows – inside and out – it may be a wise investment to hire a professional window-cleaning company. Thoroughly clean the shades on your light fixtures, change light bulbs and add floor lamps if an area seems dim. Finally, when it comes time to show your home, make sure all the lights are on, especially in hallways.
10. Add a touch of humanity. A couple of planters containing seasonal arrangements on your front porch, a vase of flowers on your dining room table, or even a simple rose in a vase can warm up a room. Candles can also do wonders in lighting and warming a room.