Did You Know Home Staging Can Help Sell Your House?
Home Staging is the art of preparing a home for sale so the home will make a notable first impression and appeal to a wide range of buyer’s tastes and preferences. The home will show to its utmost potential so it will sell faster and for more money, bringing maximum return on your investment.
Here are some basic steps you can do to stage your own home:
Depersonalize: Remove all family photos and consider painting brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade.
Small Repairs: No torn screens, dented drywall, or burnt out lights.
Lighting: Consider updating lighting fixtures with chandeliers and pot lights or at least some new lamps to add ambient lighting.
Be Aware of Scale: You might love your big comfy couch but it will make a small room seem even smaller. There should be plenty of space around your furniture.
Clean the Kitchen: Counters should be clear and clutter-free. Store small appliances in cupboards.
Kitchen Backsplash: Invest in some gorgeous tiles (it’s a small area so it shouldn’t cost too much) or consider glass mosaics, mirror tile, or plain tile interspersed with a few fancy ones.
Replace Old Cabinet Handles: Nothing dates your kitchen like worn out pulls. Brushed steel knobs are economical and look great with stainless steel appliances.
Fresh Linens: Make sure tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, etc. are brand new or at least look brand new.
Clean and Spotless Throughout: If you don’t have time to do a good clean, hire a professional cleaning company to get at all the little nooks and crannies, down to the last detail. Keep clutter to a minimum.
Fix Up the Bathroom: An ugly builder’s mirror can be replaced with a pretty framed mirror for under $100. Switch out the lighting for a nice chandelier or some attractive new sconces. Upgrade towel bars and add crisp white towels and small trays on the vanity holding attractive toiletries and soaps. Add some scented candles.
Fix Up the Master Bedroom: Multiple new pillows with shams or toss pillows in front, crisp white linens and a throw at the end of the bed. Keep end tables uncluttered, with matching lamps and nothing else but a tiny vase of flowers or a stack of books.
Do the Gardening: Neatly trimmed bushes, mulched flowerbeds, a mowed lawn and fresh seasonal arrangements in urns by the front door.
Eliminate Odours: If you know you have a showing the next day, avoid cooking foods with smells that linger. Subtle use of room spray, scented candles, or diffusers will leave a good impression with potential buyers.
Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details.