Five Home-Staging Essentials

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Today, we will look at five home-staging tips that highlight your home’s strengths, downplay any weaknesses, and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. Here are my top five home-staging essential tips!

Create Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, so make your home stand out. Some upgrades can be done in a weekend and will cost more in sweat equity than actual dollars. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Rent a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime from your siding, roof, fascia, and gutters.
  • Paint the front door and/or shutters, but ensure they coordinate well with the rest of the home’s colours.
  • Replace old house numbers, lighting, the mailbox and welcome mat.
  • Clean up the edging around flowerbeds and lay down fresh mulch or add some flower baskets. Fill in empty beds with small shrubs, seasonal flowers and greenery. Tip: Even in the dead of winter, get a pair of oversized planters and fill them with small evergreen shrubs and cold-hardy annuals.

Give The Kitchen A Facelift

Kitchens sell houses, so any updates you make have the potential to go a long way. Moreover, they do not have to be expensive; some upgrades can be accomplished with elbow grease. Start by showing off your storage. Pack up the seldom-used small appliances and holiday dish-ware and clear clutter off the countertops. Also, consider giving your cabinets a facelift with paint; go for classic white or try a dark neutral like gray or slate blue. At the very least, change the outdated hardware for an easy DIY.

Minimize Furniture

The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. One of the significant contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. Professional stagers often whisk away as much as half the owner’s furnishings so the house looks more extensive. You want potential buyers to be able to move around each room without being blocked by furniture. Make sure they can easily access your home’s best features.

Depersonalize Spaces

Potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves in your home, and that is hard to do if all they see are your personal items. Remove family photos, your kids’ artwork, framed diplomas and personal collections. Pack these items up for your new home and replace them with generic artwork.

Amp Up The Lighting

One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

Bonus Tip: PAINT

It’s never a bad idea to touch up the paint in your home. Make sure your walls and trim look cared for. If there are any significant dents or holes in the wall, fix them. Buyers want to purchase homes that are well cared for.   Have more questions on how to stage your home so it sells quickly? Give me a call today. I would love to guide you through the process!

-Bre

 

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