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Staging Tips to Help Sell a Home

(Article by Lisa H)

Every person who puts their home on the market wants to sell it fast and for the best price. Well, it’s not about luck but rather careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your home so that buyers are scurrying to sign that Offer to Purchase.

Here are some staging tips to help you turn your home into an irresistible offer.

Disassociation

Firstly, try telling yourself “this is not my home, but rather a product that needs to be marketable in a saturated market.” Let go of emotions and focus on the fact that this will soon no longer be your house. Visualize yourself handing over the keys and saying goodbye to each room.

De-personalizing

Pack up your personal photos and ornaments and allow buyers to see past personal artifacts so that they can visualize themselves living in the house.

De-Clutter

Look around you. If there’s anything you haven’t used in over a year, chances are you don’t need it. Instead, donate it or throw it out. Remove books from bookcases and pack up the ornaments. Clear the kitchen counters and put daily essentials into a box in a cupboard.

Rearrange Cupboards

Buyers love snooping! So if a buyer were to open your kitchen and bedroom cupboards, making sure that you have arranged them neatly is sure to send the message to potential buyers that you take good care of the rest of the home. You can neatly stack dishes; hang shirts neatly and line up shoes for starters!

Remove or Replace Your Favorite Items

If you plan on taking built-in appliances or other fixtures with you, remove them before your house goes on the market. If a buyer never sees that chandelier in the living room that is a family heirloom, they won’t want it. Pack away the things you’ll be taking with you and replace them if necessary.

Making Small Repairs

Patch holes in walls
Replace cracked tiles
Fix leaks
Make sure doors and cupboards close properly
If your walls are in various colors, consider painting them in neutral colors
Replace light bulbs that have burnt out

It’s Almost Show Time

Make your house sparkle for potential buyers by:

Cleaning cobwebs
Washing windows both inside and out
Spray down pavements; sidewalks and exterior walls
Polish mirrors and taps
Clean the fridge
Vacuum every nook and cranny
Dust everywhere, including light fixtures and ceiling fan blades
Hang up fresh towels
Bleach grout
Clean and air out must smelling areas. Odors are a definite no-no

Finally, take another walk around the outside of your house and decide if it looks welcoming. Would you want to go and have a look inside? Linger in the doorway of each room and scrutinize how the house will look to potential buyers. 

Remember to remove sentiment and emotion and try to see the house through fresh eyes. If all else fails, gather a few objective people around to help you scrutinize your home and get it ready for the market.


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