Staging Your Home

A lot has been written and said about the "merits" of staging your home to optimize the first impressions a prospective buyer will have when viewing your home.  My observation is that the average home buyer spends less time making a buying decision on a home than buying that new wall mounted plasma T.V.  Conversely, they will eliminate a home from the list just as quickly.  It will be the best investment a Seller can make to call in a staging professional who will make recommendations to transform your home into a viewing experience.  The buyer has their wants and needs in a home firmly implanted in their D.N.A.  There could be upwards of five similar homes vying for that Buyer's decision.  Presentation will make the difference, if all other factors are the same.  Small adjustments start with decluttering those "valuable" space vampires.  Make a decision.  If you haven't used it seen it in a year....toss it.  Depersonalize your home.  store those family portraits...they can be distracting to the Buyer and makes it more difficult to visualize themselves in the home. Get rid of the scuff marks on the floor trim...a fresh painting is in order.  Scrub the tubs and walls until they glisten.  Make sure the Kitchen sinks show your reflection. ....and remember that the Kitchen and main washroom are the two most important rooms in the home as selling features.  Clean your windows inside and out.  Get out your rake and shovel and work on the landscaping.  Repaint the garage doors to ensure that the puck marks don't show.  Replace all those burnt out bulbs in and outside the home.  Replace that broken doorbell switch.  Air out the cold cellar and make sure the ventilation holes are open.  If you have cats.... do what you have to do to de-scent the litter box and don't locate it near the furnace.  If you have a dog... patrol the rear yard and "scoop the poop on a daily basis."  Air out the home prior to "open house" or showings.  ensure that lights are turned on throughout the home when a showing is planned...the agent will turn them out as they go through the home.  Rent a "POD" if you have to.  This is a great short term solution to "store" the accumualted toys and furniture and clothing you are keeping for that first grandchild.  It will also enhance the available space in your home.  The Seller is an integral part of the selling process.  The Seller CAN control how the buyer will react to their home.  The agent's role is to bring the market to the home.... the Seller's role is to "showcase" their home in its best possible light.

Robert Mair

Robert Mair

Managing Broker
CENTURY 21 Home Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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