GETTING READY TO LIST YOUR HOME – STAGING TIPS & TRICKS
Staging – A Must When Selling Your Home in Vancouver
As part of the Lee & Pete Real Estate Groups pre-listing services, we do a thorough walkthrough of your home and give you a list of items to complete to get ready for selling. As one of the Top Real Estate Teams in Vancouver, we know what it takes to get Top Dollar for your home. Staging is a critical tool in the marketing process and allows potential buyers to see your home in the best possible light. A room with a minimum, but well-placed items look visually more appealing. It is essential to step away from thinking of your home as your home but instead think of it as an asset you are wanting to sell and try to take away your personal attachment to items and look at it objectively.
Below we have prepared a list of things to get your home ready before it hits the market. Of course, these are very detailed suggestions, however, try your best to accommodate as many as you can.
Think Outside In:
The first impression is very important and the outside of your home represents what prospective buyers will find inside. Make it as appealing to potential buyers by sprucing it up from the outside in. Power-wash the outside of your home including windows, walkways, patios, decks, garden furniture, and railings. Ensure your house number is visible and easy to read.
Hang some baskets, put some plants and add some flowers; fresh flowers and greenery are always welcoming. Paint any areas that need it. Ensure your porch or entrance is free of clutter. Buying a new doormat is always a nice touch. Don’t forget to keep your outside lights on at night and if you can, add some solar lights to help light up your walkway.
Clean and Clean:
Ensure your home is gleaming and clean from top to bottom. Scrub all counters, floors, windowsills, walls, doors, appliances. Don’t forget to clean inside appliances and cupboards as well. Buyers love to open fridges and closets. This is a critical step and you may want to consider hiring a cleaning service. It won’t cost too much but will make a huge difference.
Clutter be Gone:
Go through your home room to room and clear off as many items on counters, dressers, tables etc. For example, if you have books on your nightstand, put them away. If you have big bowls of pens or a table loaded with mail, take it all and put it in a drawer. Clearing your home of clutter is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of opening up space. If you have larger items, you may want to think about temporary storage. Less is more.
Don’t Get Attached:
If you like cats and have pillows and pictures of cats all around, put them away. Family pictures are ok, but try to limit them. Think about it from a buyer perspective. Try to make your home as clean and neutral as possible. Buyers want to envision their own belongings in your home and presenting a blank and clean canvas without distractions will allow them to do this.
Style Each Room:
Go from room to room and take an objective look. Maybe add some new throw pillows on your sofa, a vase of flowers on your dining room table, a bowl of lemons beside your sink, a new duvet cover for your bed. You may need to spend a little on freshening up rooms, but it really pays off in the end.
Take a look at all of your floors around your home. Are they clean, is there any repairs that need doing, are all your area rugs clean and presentable. You may want to buy a few new mats or area rugs and place them in strategic places. New bath mats are always a good idea too.
Have a friend over and work together to re-arrange the furniture in your home. Ensure your space is not over cluttered and take out pieces that are too large or take up to much room. For example, if you have a sideboard in your dining room but it takes up a lot of room, considers moving it into storage temporarily. Consider lighting as well. Be sure end table lamps are matching, clean and presentable. Ensure dark corners have light and arrange your sofas, lamps, and chairs to create warm and inviting spaces.
Try to use as many natural colours as possible, white is your friend! If your duvet is bright pink, replace it with a fresh white one. It’s about adding flow and airiness to space and allowing potential buyers to envision what their stuff would like in the space.
Take out the fluff and the lace:
You want your home to have a gender natural feeling. Something anyone could live in. Again, the purpose if not to take away your personality, it’s about creating an environment that potential buyers can see themselves in.
Clean up toys. Of course, there will be families with children looking at your home, but just because they have kids too doesn’t mean seeing toys strewn everywhere will sell them on the place. When people are house hunting, they are imagining a fresh start. Show them that in this house, it is possible to have a beautifully organized kids’ room, and they might be swayed.
Go through each bathroom with a desiring eye. Put away all the extra bottles of shampoo in the shower. Display freshly folded hand towels. Put away all your personal products and store neatly. If your bathroom is small, be sure to remove any shelving or clutter you may have around. Its all about creating maximum space in bathrooms and taking away all the clutter
If you have a very small den or nook under the stairs, try to be creative and show the potential of the space. Put in a small office desk and chair, add a cute cabinet, maybe a chair and table with a lamp and blanket, turning it into a cozy reading area.
Pets and Pets
You may love pets but some buyers may not. Consider having your carpets cleaned thoroughly. Try to put away pet bowls and food for showings. Store pet toys and beds. Most importantly are pet odors plug-in room fresheners around areas your pets sleep and eat.
Yard and Balconies
Don’t forget about the backyard and decks. Be sure to stage these areas as well. Add fresh pillows, throw blankets and plants. maybe a tray with dishes like a café so buyers can envision having a nice coffee on the deck.
The Dreaded Garage:
The garage can be a catch-all area for storing and seasonal wears. Be sure to take a critical eye to your garage. Clean out as much as you can. Get offsite storage if you have to. Try to present your garage in the best light. If you can, make room for at least one vehicle so buyers know they can park their car in it.
Now that you are armed with your task list, enlist friends and family to help. Remember that your home will sell faster if it shows well.
If you feel like this all too much for you, we can recommend staging services that can help you get organized, make a difference without the emotional attachment to your personal items and create an atmosphere that appeals to your buyers instantly. Studies have proven that a staged home will on average sell faster and sell at a higher premium. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and imagine a house that is decluttered, updated and nicely decorated and another house in the same location that doesn’t offer any of it, which house do you think has a better chance of selling?
You never get a second chance at making a first impression!
If you’re interested in learning more about how to sell your home, click here to access our selling process. Of course, we’re always available for a call or a coffee to chat further about how we can help you sell your home!!!