The fundamentals of staging never really disappear, but to stand out you need to know the season’s key trends for creating the ‘wow’ and ‘ah-ha’ moments that will make potential buyers fall in love with your home. Here are some of spring 2015 staging trends; tips and a few easy upgrades that will help you sell your home this spring:
Colour where it counts: many make staging a mission to neutralize a space’s colour palette. While this isn’t a bad idea, don’t forget that colour can help when you’re trying to engage buyers. A bright area rug that draws attention to the floor or bright flowers beside a high-end sink can signal buyers where they should really look in photos and during open house tours. Adding colour around features is guaranteed to wow buyers.
Lux the lighting: more than ever, listings are competing in clusters of homes and developments where everyone was served the same off-the-shelf features. In these neighbourhoods, one major way to stand out (which you can do yourself) is by upgrading the lighting. Ridding your home of generic fluorescents and boring ceiling fans can create a lot of buyer love. Even if you as the seller can’t afford to upgrade every room, try to install a ‘statement light’ in the entryway, kitchen or other common areas, this will impress potential buyers and future guests.
Turn up the tech: also in the realm of standout features, consider adding technological touches throughout your home. Two impressive upgrades are more affordable than you think:
- Built-in USB wall chargers: for just $20, you as sellers can make outlets in key common areas more mobile friendly by adding USB-compatible outlets to charge smart phones, tablets and other devices.
- Touch-less, motion-sensor faucets: for around $100 at hardware stores, you can add serious high-tech luxury to bathroom and kitchen sinks.
Go monochromatic to create space: clutter isn’t always on the counter. If a room has more than four competing colour, chances are its carrying visual clutter. You need to work on cutting down on the number of colours in rooms (especially small ones) to create more visual space and use colour to highlight the features that will make buyers fall in love.
Create a post-staging guide: one timeless trend that’s sure to help after you’ve staged is a ‘showing sheet’. After you have done the work with your real estate agent and their team, don’t be afraid to guide buyers to the key selling points that will make them fall in love. Showing sheets that sit on an entryway table aren’t just good for open houses. Ask your real estate agent if they can leave them for each showing or if potential buyers leave any contact information, your real estate agents will be able to send them as a follow-up to buyers agents to make sure your listing left a lasting impression.
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