Staging Your Home to Sell…
Want to sell your home quickly and for top-dollar? Staging can help. Staging is presenting your home in its best and most appealing light to the majority of home buyers.
5 Basic Staging Rules…
Your home must sparkle! To achieve this level is often only feasible by hiring a cleaning crew. In fact, having a cleaning service return weekly while your house is for sale is probably a pretty good investment. Get your windows professionally cleaned inside and out too.
Got a dripping faucet or a cracked tile? These will send the wrong message to potential buyers. Getting them fixed before you put your house on the market is a smart idea.
- Eliminate Clutter
The “50% Rule” requires that you eliminate the clutter in your home by at least half. This may be the hardest rule of all! We love our clutter – it reflects our memories, hobbies, and values. But it doesn’t sell homes! Clutter makes homes seem smaller and disorganized. Even the ancient practice of Feng Shui has as a central focus on the elimination of clutter.
- Executive Neutral
Neutral colours sell. It’s a fact. Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality. Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles or colors they would never select, you’ve just turned them off. Staying high-quality, but neutral is safest.
Remove objects that your potential buyers won’t be able to identify with. For example, political and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot “imagine” your home as their home. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to “see” themselves in it.
- Make your entryway as light and bright as possible
- Limit your cooking to very plain foods so strong odors don’t linger
- Keep front-hall closets and shoe racks neat and tidy
- Replace old and rundown mats
- Clean and de-clutter anything taking up counter or floor space
- Remove anything displayed on the refrigerator
- If your cuboard knobs are old or out-of-date, replacing them can be a relatively inexpensive “facelift”
- Shelves and pantries must appear orderly and very spacious
- Fix squeaking doors and hard to slide closet panels
- The focal point in your bedroom is your bed (make is look cozy)
- Make the closet appear roomier – pick up anything that is on the floor: shoes, boxes, etc
- Install soft white light bulbs and choose translucent lampshades
- Your headboard should be on a wall and not under a window
- A full-length mirror in a bedroom helps enlarge the space
- Get rid of any mildew/mold. If you have a glass shower door, squeegee it after every shower
- Clean windows, light fixtures and mirrors
- Do not display any personal toiletry items – remove all deodorant, mouthwash, electric toothbrushes, etc.
- Pick up all bath mats and rugs
- Keep your soap dishes pristine
- Get a new set of high-quality, neutral, fluffy towels and display them