Home Staging – Fluff It Up!
Real Estate professionals are becoming more of an asset to their clients by offering home staging as a value added service. The home staging business is becoming a third party in the agent-seller team, helping them sell home with fewer price negotiations, shorter listing times, less viewings, quicker sales and improved profit margins. Here are the 10 home staging tips, taken from a number of home staging websites and resources.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Look at your home as though you were seeing it for the first time. is every room neat, spotlessly clean, dusted and un-cluttered.
LOSE THE CLUTTER
Decorating is about personalizing your home, home staging is about de-personalizing your home. You must purge and de-clutter every room of your home. Pack up the knick-knacks, organize the shelves, put away small appliances and personal effects.
DE-PERSONALIZE YOUR HOME
Make your home “anonymous” buyers need to envision your home as theirs. Put away any family photo’s, sports trophies, collectibles, knick-knacks and souvenirs.
Clean and brighten your home, add a fresh coat of paint, lay new carpet. Be sure to choose neutral colours and make it consistent throughout the home. Keep it simple.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
This may be the one and only change you get with this potential buyer. Smells, ordours, clutter, dirt or mess can influence the potential homebuyer’s decisions. Fresh flowers, especially in the spring and winter, can help to brighten and energize your home.
Homebuyers decide whether or not to look inside a house by the appearance of your home’s exterior. Paint or wash the outside of your home. Make necessary repairs, keep the lawns trimmed, flower beds weeded. Clear the driveway, store away unsightly trashcans and make sure the garage is neat and clutter-free.
CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACE
If necessary, remove excess furniture of items to make rooms feel larger. Clean and organize your closets, store unnecessary items in and out of the way. Consider renting a temporary storage unit. Box up, clean up and sort through your stuff until your space is clean tidy and de-personalized. Strategically placed mirrors can also help to create the illusion of more space.
Replace outdated furniture, wall coverings and window treatments. Use neutral tones on your walls and floors and add colour with removable items such as throw pillows or bedding. Steer away from too many personal touches to create a minimalist and contemporary space.
ANIMAL DO’S & DON’Ts
Pets, pets and more pets. Remove the pets when the home is being shown, or at least keep them outside or contained in an indoor cage. Pets can easily put a damper on an otherwise positive showing. Hide kitty litter, lint brushes and toys away.
BEAUTIFY YOUR BACKYARD
Clean and tidy the back yard, cut the lawn, trim the hedges and week the flowerbeds. Create an entertaining area by sweeping the decks, clean and set-up patio furniture. Hide tools, toys and pool supplies.