We live in a very competitive Housing market – a Buyers Market! Staging your home can set your home apart from similar homes in your neighborhood. Staging allows you to improve the appeal of your home to potential buyers by arranging furniture and decor to bring out it’s best features. You do not need to hire a professional stager, although sometimes they can prove invaluable. There are ways to give your home an extra advantage before presenting to potential buyers.
Throughout the house:
Focus on the best aspects of your home. Chances are what first drew you to your home will draw in potential buyers as well. Play up the best features (your top ten), such as high ceilings, hardwood floors, a gas fireplace or even a great view.
Clear the clutter. Removing knickknacks and personal items creates a neutral space. Cleared space makes your rooms appear larger, which allows potential buyers to focus on the best features, plan furniture placement and envision themselves in the home.
Clear the air. If you have pets, consider getting an air purifier. Potential buyers who may be allergic can become distracted by having a reaction while they view your home.
In the kitchen. Instead of replacing cabinets, stain or paint them a neutral colour and add new hardware. If your appliances are dated, install new ones.
In the living room. If you have hardwood floors, replace damaged boards and give them a good sanding and fresh stain. If you have built-in bookshelves be sure to stage them as well. Clear the clutter and include a few strategically placed decorative items to highlight this attractive feature.
In the bathroom. Clean your walls and wipe away any surface mould. A coat of paint will give it an instant makeover. If you have glass doors, scrub them well, including the tracks.
In the bedroom. Remove unnecessary furniture and store unused items. Create a colour scheme and coordinate bedding and window treatments to tie it all together.
For all other rooms. Paint the walls and furnish the room with a desk and chair, armchair and bookcase.
Don’t forget to boost curb appeal.
If your house hasn’t been painted in years, give it a fresh coat. Clean up garden beds and prune bushes and shrubs. Stain or paint your front door, along with your deck, to give your buyers a great first impression.