Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly
If you’re looking to put your home on the market, Spectrum Realty can help you prepare it for potential home buyers. Keep in mind, it only takes a few seconds for someone to form an impression of your home, so you need to make sure their first impression is a good one! We’ve compiled a list of some simple but necessary staging tips that will help your home become as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Keep in mind these take time to accomplish so do plan in advance realizing the extra time spent could result in selling your home quicker and possibly for a better selling price.
Spruce Up the front of Your Home
Many house-hunters will do a quick drive-by to decide if the house they’re about to see is even worth looking at. It’s important to draw people in from the street by having a well-groomed, inviting lawn and entrance way. Make sure your grass, as well as all shrubs and plants, are trimmed and your gardens are free of weeds. You may also want to wash the front windows, replace old house numbers with new, easy–to–read ones and re-paint or stain your porch if needed. Keep your porch light on in the evenings in case potential buyers stop by and a “welcome” mat is always a nice touch.
Clear Your Clutter
This is one of the most important parts of the staging process. Clear surfaces, floors, closets and cupboards are seen as more spacious and visually appealing. Some prospective home buyers may have children of their own so it’s a great idea to pick up toys and store them neatly. You’ll want to show them a well-organized and simple play area, letting them see that it is possible to have a fresh start there, with a clean and organized space for their children, something all parents want.
Find Balance Between Clean and Lived In
After removing all unnecessary clutter from your home, try adding only a few items that will enhance the look and feel. Things like a vase filled with fresh flowers or a bowl of fresh fruits will work wonders in making your home more inviting and buyers will be able to visualize themselves living there as if it was their own.
Beware of Pet Odour
Pet owners can sometimes become accustomed to the lingering pet smell in their home. It’s important to clean all carpets, couches and surfaces before inviting in potential buyers. While you might be accustomed to a pet living in your home, it might be a deterrent for others. A good thorough cleaning will get rid of any pet odours and leave your house smelling fresh!
A good furniture flip can bring a room back to life again! Try pulling furniture away from the walls and creating a warm and welcoming space in the center of the room. Use simple furniture pieces like chairs and lamps to make a pleasant conversation area.
Use Neutral Colours
Now is the time to get rid of the bright and vibrant wall colours and go with more sophisticated, neutral shades. White, beige or light grey walls create a more pulled-together look. These hues are also gender-neutral, allowing buyers to visualize these rooms any way they’d like.
Open Your Closets
Closet space is very important to home owners. It’s time to purge all of the miscellaneous items you’ve been stashing in your closets and leave them as tidy as possible. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent of open space in each closet in your home. This will showcase their full potential.
Use Extra Rooms Wisely
Clear out any rooms you have been using as storage areas and give each room in the house a specific purpose. Think about what potential buyers would like in their home, maybe a play room or home office? If you don’t have the furniture to design this room effectively, rent some pieces or borrow items from friends and family, it’ll be worth your while!
Style Your Dining Table
The dining room is an area often overlooked when it comes to staging. Since this high-traffic room is used quite regularly, placing a large arrangement in the center of your table may seem too formal and become impractical. Try lining a few smaller décor items down the center of your table, creating a more stylish, symmetrical look. Often a beautiful runner and a bowl or an art piece will do nicely.
In the summer, infuse your garden with beautiful colourful plants and if your home has any features like outdoor lighting or a fireplace, make sure they’re on when potential buyers come by. In the autumn and winter months, make your home as cozy as possible by turning on a fireplace or having seasonal treats ready, like warm apple cider on the stove or pumpkin pie in the oven.
Implementing these simple yet effective staging tips will enhance each room in your home! For expert staging advise based on training and experience, contact our office to work with a Spectrum Representative. For this and any additional inquiries, please give us a call at 416-736-6500.