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If you’re thinking about selling your home now- or in the near future, Home Staging is a real estate term you’ll want to know more about. Home Staging is about presenting your home to appeal to the broadest range of potential purchasers. Staging your home is not about decorating, decorating is about making the home comfortable for you. Staging a home is about merchandising a property.

Why is staging so important?

Staged homes show better in photos. In today’s market place most potential buyers will look at photos of your property online as part of narrowing down the list of house they’ll actually visit with their agent.

Staged homes attract more potential purchasers and generally sell faster – and for more money- than homes that are not staged.

Here is some advice from Home Staging Experts.- First concentrate on the 3 C’s.

Clean. You want your home really, really clean ; walls, doors, flooring, carpets, baseboards & trim, drapery, light fixtures, appliances- everything in your home should sparkle! Pay particular attention to kitchens and baths. If cleaning is not your forte, consider hiring a professional cleaner to deep clean your home from top to bottom.

Clutter-free. This can’t be stressed enough! You’ll be moving soon so now is the time to pack up all knick-knacks, family photos, collections, out of season clothing, footwear and sports gear. Work your way through each room in your home- including cupboards, closets, even the pantry. Every counter top, dresser and table surface should be clear. Cupboards and closets ; neat and organized. Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Consider removing and storing excess furniture from all rooms in your home. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the rooms’ purpose. Rooms will appear larger and there will be ample space for buyers to move around as they look at your home. This is also a good time to deal with any item(s) you may want to take with you ie: the chandelier in the dining room that belonged to your great grandmother- pack up these items and replace as necessary.

Colour. Your goal is to create a blank canvas- one in which potential purchasers can imagine their furnishings, their decor, their family. Walls, doors and trim should be neutral in colour. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour scheme will unify the house as well as making spaces look larger. If you’re unsure which neutral colour will show best with your furnishings and flooring , get advice. Now it’s time to walk through your home and take a look at it through the critical eye of a buyer. Buyers notice details, missing trim, loose doorknobs, dripping faucets, stains on ceilings, cracked switch plates. Make a list of all these minor flaws, then fix them! Keep in mind that when a potential buyer sees areas of disrepair they begin to assume that there are other unseen problems as well.

Define Rooms.

If your dining room is serving double -duty as your home office, you’ll need to redefine it. If you don’t, potential buyers will get the impression that the house isn’t big enough. Ditto for spare bedrooms that have been converted to sewing room or yoga studios. Bedrooms count- it will cost you a sale if a buyer counts one less.

Light it up!

You want each home in home to be as light and bright as possible. Clean every light fixture, assure the bulbs are the maximum wattage safe for fixture. Clean all windows, inside and out- open drapery and blinds so that natural light streams in.

Odours.

Nothing turns off a prospective buyer more than bad smell. Have a friend or neighbour help you identify any bad smell. Common culprits: smoking, laundry and bathroom mould or mildew, garbage cans, litter boxes, pet beds, musty basement, strong cooking smells. Don’t attempt to mask bad smells with air fresheners or deodorisers- rid your home of the source of the odour.

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