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The 10 Best Staging Tips

Winning the real estate war:

The 10 Best Staging Tips

In today's real estate market, the home that looks the best is going to sell first. In order for your home to look its best a qualified stager will identify opportunities to make repairs and corrections before your house goes on the market.  Positive features will be emphasized which will capture a buyers interest. Flaws will be corrected or minimized to allow the positives to ensure optimal show ability displaying your home in its best light, allowing the buyer to mentally move in...not move on.

Want to get top value for your home?  Following are the 10 Best Staging Tips.

1. Outside help.  

Always listen to the professionals you're hiring to sell your home. Your agent and stager have so much experience, and they can see the potential of the home and how it is to be marketed.

 2. Make an impression

Within seconds of a prospective buyer pulling up on your driveway they have already formulated an impression of your home. To ensure they have the right impression, clean your yard, rake the leaves, shovel the snow, wash your front porch/steps and front door. Pay attention to outside details. Paint the front door and add some potted plants and flowers.

If your entry way is not inviting, that will set a precedent for the rest of the house. Consider touch up painting in the entrance, and add a mirror if the area doesn't receive much natural light. If the front door leads directly into your living area, use furniture to create an entrance area.  Add a bench near the door and a console table to create the feel of a separate area.

3. Clean and Fresh

Clean as thoroughly as you can,  perhaps hiring a cleaning service for one or two visits.   Cleanliness suggests to the buyer that you have probably taken good care of your home in other ways as well. Pay attention to doors, baseboards, lightswitch plates, ceiling fans, windows and light fixtures.  Clean all appliances, especially older ones, so they sparkle. Ensure bathrooms and kitchens are especially clean and smell fresh. Another area that is often overlooked is the furnace room. Every home buyer wonders what shape the furnace is in. If the furnace looks clean, it appears newer.

Then take a look around and consider minor repairs or repainting.

4. Unclutter

Removing clutter is crucial: Uncluttered rooms feel larger, and buyers will have an easier time envisioning their own belongings in the space. So purge your closets, empty cupboards and pantries, box up small appliances. Spend a weekend clearing off countertops and purging the home of anything you don't want or need. Put extraneous furniture in temporary storage or lend it to a friend.  Remove anything you don't want to part with.  Do you have a vintage light fixture or a piece of beloved furniture? Take them out of the equation so there's no arguing over it in negotiations.

5. Impersonal works

You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home, not to feel like a guest in it. It is best to remove two-thirds of your things.  Make it an inviting space, rather than something right just for your family. So stash anything connected to your family or personal interests.  Put away your son's hockey trophies, store family photos, and remove all traces of day-to-day life.  The buyer is very conscious of being in someone else's environment so it is important to allow them to imagine this could be their home and not someone else's.

6. Hire a Handyman

Dripping faucets, cracked tiles, mouldy caulking or anything that does not work or is broken can knock thousands of dollars off of your home. Little problems add up to big problems in the buyer's mind.

7. Colour in your home

The single best investment may be a fresh coat of pain in key areas of your home.  Paint  your front door to make it inviting and give it pop.  Put urns with brightly coloured flowers on your front step.  Fresh flowers always work in the living room, dining room, kitchen and baths.  Ensure the important rooms in the house, which are the kitchen, baths, and master bedroom, are painted an inviting neutral warm  colour.

8. Reduce furniture

An easy way to create a sense of space is to get rid of some furniture.  Moving a sofa, end tables and extra dressers  into storage can give a small room some much needed breathing space.

9. Lighten up

The brighter and sunnier a space, the easier it is to sell.  Start by bringing in a good window cleaning service.  Clean windows can let in as much as 30% more light than dirty ones.  Then clean your light fixtures, change light bulbs and add floor lamps if a room looks dark.  Replace the energy saving bulbs with higher wattage lights for maximum illumination. When it comes to show your home make sure all the lights are on and window treatments are open to let the maximum amount of light in. 

10. Attitude counts 

The process of selling your home can be a stressful and upsetting experience. If you have made the decision to sell your home then you must come to the realization that it must be presented to sell and not to live in.  Getting a house ready to live in and getting a house ready to sell are two totally different things. Decorating is about making a home comfortable for you and your family; staging a home is about merchandising your property.  It is important for you to come to this realization, and once you do you will find the experience much for pleasurable and definitely rewarding.

Authored by:

Terry Kuivinen

Interior Decoration & Staging

Wingrove Hill Design