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How to Stage Your Home

When you are preparing your home for sale the process could be a scary and difficult task whether you have lived in your home a brief period or many years. The bigger the period you have lived in your home the harder it is to declutter.  The purpose of this page is to give you guidance on how to successfully stage your home in the most efficient manner in order to help you spend less MONEY, save on time, and to avoid wasting energy. 

Take a step back when you decide to sell your home and develope a state of mind, that this is no longer your home but your investment for your future. You want your home to have more appeal to a broader spectrum of buyers in your target market. Following my home staging guide, and you will be able to sell your house faster, and potentially for more money.  Keep this in mind, people want to move into a new home without having to do improvements to it.



First Impressions

Stand back and view your home from the curb 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 welcome buyers; a clean and inviting door mat; new and shiny door handles and/or knockers; a freshly painted door.



Clutter is a no no

Start your pre-pack as soon as possible. You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away/recycle. Many clients will rent storage lockers or have pods delivered so they can start to clear out what is not going to make the house look good.


Clean/Fresh

Usually this would be considered obvious correct? Unfortunately it is not always the case. A clean property translates into ‘The owners definitely took care of this place well.” Enviormentally friendly cleaners are great, for some areas that are hard to clean I suggest tsp which in my opinion is a good product. Please make sure your kitchen and bathroom are sparkling clean to say the very least.


Depersonalize

We know you love your family and all their, photos and your personal treasures and for your own dwelling they are perfect. When your selling pack them up and get ready to decorate your new home. While selling you want purchasers to focus on the best features of your home, and not personal items.


Have a neutral colour scheme

Choose only 3 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.



Put the spotlight on your homes best architechural features

Place your furniture in each room in order to strategically target focal points that show off the home’s top selling features. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that their vision is drawn to the fireplace.



Distinguish the function of each room

If you had a guest bedroom you have converted into a den, turn it back into a bedroom with the right furniture in it when you decide to sell. Do not have the appropriate furniture? Rent it. There are plenty of furnishing companies at your disposal. Worst case scenario? Borrow from friends or family. You can thank them at your new house warming!!!



Use lighting to your advantage

Buy new light fixtures in either stainless steel, and or brushed nickel. Brass is outdated. Do not go against the times. There are many budget friendly lighting stores to choose from. There is no good reason for having dated light fixtures.



Windows

What is quite popular in the market at the moment, are the 2” faux woods in a white tone to go with your trim. Decorative side panels will add warmth and colour.



Flooring will need attention and is a great investment that will add to the beauty of your property

Tile or linoleum is good for entry ways, kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms; good quality hardwood or laminate is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms look inviting in a neutral carpet.

By carefully planning and budgeting you will be at the  “open house friendly” stage in no time.

Mind you that a vast majority of prospective purchasers have already viewed your listing on the internet. What will they see? 

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