Home Staging is a proven system for preparing properties for sale. Your aim is to present your home in the best possible light to win the hearts of prospective buyers. With Staging, the focus is shifted from the furnishings to the home itself, the views, the space, and the unique features of the property.
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. You want your home to stand out from the crowd and have a broad buyer appeal. Following these 10 tips will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money.
1. Curb Appeal – stand back and view your home as if you were seeing it for the first time. This is the ‘first impression’ stage. Depending on the season you may want to have pots of colourful and attractive flowers to greet buyers; a clean and inviting door mat; new and shiny door handles and/or knockers with a freshly painted door.
2. Declutter – Start your pre-pack as soon as possible. You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away. You may rent storage lockers so you can start to clear out what is not going to make the house look good.
3. Clean – you would think this one is common sense but let me assure you, I wish it was so! A clean home translates into “They must have really cared for their home.” Use environmentally friendly cleaners where you can and for hard cleaning areas, tsp is a good product. Bathrooms and kitchens must be sparkling clean at the very least.
4. Depersonalize – we know you love your family photos and your personal treasures and for living they are perfect. However, when it comes to selling your home, you want buyers to focus on the best features of the house and not your personal collection. Pack personal items and photos carefully and store them away so you can showcase them in your new home.
5. A neutral colour scheme is the way to go for selling. Choose only three colours or less to paint your house for selling. If you have an open floor plan then paint the main floor all the same colour. Bedrooms look good in light sage greens or warm blues like the new aqua.
6. Highlight your home’s best architectural features – Place your furniture in each room so that you have very obvious focal points that show off the home’s best-selling features. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that the eye is drawn to the fireplace.
7. Decide on the function in each room – if you were using your guest bedroom as your den for living, for selling turn it back into a bedroom with bedroom furniture in it. If you do not have the right furniture for each room consider renting it. There are more and more rental furnishing companies opening up every day. If you don’t want to rent then borrow.
8. Lighting your home to its best advantage – Spend money on new light fixtures in brushed nickel or stainless steel. Brass is out so don’t fight it. There are many low-cost lighting stores to select from so no excuses for having dated light fixtures.
9. Use window treatments that sell your home – the most popular on the market are the 2” faux woods in a white tone to go with your trim. Decorative side panels will do the trick if you need to add warmth and colour.
10. Flooring needs special attention and is a good investment for updating the look of your home – tile or linoleum is great for entranceways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms; a good quality laminate or hardwood is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms are attractive in a neutral carpet.
By planning and budgeting, you can get yourself to the “OPEN HOUSE READY” stage. Remember that over 79% of prospective buyers have already checked you out through the MLS listings. Will they like what they see?