So you're planning on Selling your Home this Spring/Summer now's the time to start preparing My philosophy on Home Staging .... Homes should make a Potential Buyer Smile.... Your Home should feel Warm and Welcoming not Stark & Boring
See your home through a buyer's eyes
Now's the time to address your home's little imperfections: the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the baseboards, and the mess in the basement.
Get rid of clutter
Your house will feel a lot bigger and more inviting when you clear out those closets, remove bulky, unused furniture and rearrange the remaining pieces to make the best use of space. If you haven't used something in the past year, toss it, donate it to charity or sell it.
Cleaning is the single most cost effective way to make your home more attractive to buyers. Floors, windows, walls, doors, baseboards - everything! Give extra care and attention to the bathrooms and kitchen. And once it's all clean, keep it clean! You never know when your ideal buyer will visit. If you need the contact information for a Reliable Cleaning Person I can pass one along.
Repair as much as you can, within reason
Some repairs are absolutely vital, like a leaky roof or basement and unsafe electrical problems. Otherwise, fix all the little things like leaky faucets, doors that squeak, and small cracks in the ceiling. If you need a Reliable Handy Man number I can pass one along.
Never underestimate the power of paint
Strong colours on the walls or wild wallpaper make it hard for buyers to imagine their furniture in your house. Consider repainting your home in bright, neutral colours that will enhance a room's size and look more inviting. Next to cleaning your home, paint is the most cost-effective way to increase your home's appeal.If you need advise on appropriate neutral colours I can help out.
Add some beautifying touches
You don't need to spend a fortune to make a big difference. Replace tattered old curtains with some fresh draperies. Mirrors on the wall help rooms feel more spacious. New houseplants add undeniable appeal. Fresh fruit and flowers always bring life to a home. And on the outside of your home - once the snow melts - trim the trees, weed the garden and consider planting a few new flowers or shrubs to make a great first impression.
Don't de-personalize too much
Many staging experts recommend De-personalizing your home by removing all Personal items - I disagree - I think some personal items truly add personalty to a home - who doesn't smile when they see a smiling baby photo or a beautiful wedding photo - just be sure that there aren't too many personal items like walls of photos as they can be distracting to buyers.
Weighing the cost of improvements vs. the potential return
Don't get so carried away with prepping your home that you forget why you're doing this - to get more money! You need to consider two things before making any improvements.
- Will this make my home more desirable to buyers?
- Will this increase the value of my home more than it costs me to do it?