STAGING & DE-CLUTTERING
Whether your living in your home or it’s empty, staging is incredibly important. Buyers love a light and airy home. Your goal when staging is to create that effect. A professionally staged home is more likely to sell for an average of 17% more money and within 11 days of listing, whereas, non-staged homes are expected to be on the market for over 90 days.
In this section we will be covering what is involved in staging your home on your own. Potential buyers usually cannot visualize what their furniture will look like in your home, especially a vacant one.
You will want to make your home a place that people will not want to leave. As intrusive as it is to your life when people view your property, you have one shot at making a dazzling first impression. Two of the most important rooms to focus your staging efforts will be the living room and the kitchen, however, all rooms and spaces are important.
Remember you will need to have de-personalized and staged your home before taking your listing photograph
You do have the most beautiful children, the most awesome wedding photos and fantastic knick knacks that you’ve picked up in your travels, but all those say, “This is my house, not yours.”
In order to create a bright and airy home you most certainly will need to minimize all excess everything. A portable storage unit is the way to go. Not only a place to store the overflow from your minimizing efforts, but the best way prevent you from double handling things when you move.
A cluttered room tells the buyer that this is a small space likely not large enough for their belongings. Let’s start with the basics: One room, one day at a time; this breaks the job down into manageable pieces.
Many professional organizers mark out three categories:
Every room in the home, including the garage and decks, should be absolutely clean.
One centre-piece rug in the living room is all you need.
Cables & Cords
Get them organized by using zip-ties. Also there are many low cost solutions out there that enables them to be hidden from view.
Find a way to organize your remote controls out of view, so that they are not spread all over your coffee table.
Depending on the season, probably half your closet contents could be in storage. Keep closet contents to a minimum. Fold things and put them in drawers or plastic tubs then neatly stack those out of the way. An over-full closet tells a buyer that closet and storage space is at a minimum here.
Buyers are looking for homes that are bright and light. Make sure the “colour” of the interior lighting is lite by — warm bulbs that create a daylight effect.
Steer away from large walls painted with bright colours. Instead, keep a more neutral colour scheme and add pops of colour through furniture, wall paintings, or photos. The neutral palette gives the buyer flexibility to change what they want as opposed to having to paint over a colour they didn’t like.
With an empty house, try to make it look like someone lives there. Rented furniture can be pricey but well worth it.
In the most cases you will need to remove furniture. If you want to keep it, place it in the storage unit. Your house will feel larger with less furniture.
Ideally you would want to stage all the rooms. However, depending on your budget start with the bigger most used areas in your home, such as the living room, kitchen and then the master bedroom and so on.
If you have a special item in your home that brings character and unique charm that you can’t find just anywhere . . . put it out for people to see. Chances are, if your item is of good value, the buyer may see that value too and be able to draw a personal connection with your home. Even if it may not be everyone’s taste, it’s a risk that can reap rewards.
Curb appeal is critical because buyers notice it immediately when they arrive to view the property. Put yourself in your potential buyers shoes as their walk up to your front door.