These home staging tips can help impress potential homebuyers and have your home stand out against other competitors.
1. Make a Strong First Impression
To help sell your home, start by focusing on the front yard and entryway. This will be what potential homebuyers notice first and will help set the tone for the rest of the showing. Ideally, you will want to help boost curb appeal by planting blooming flowers, maintaining a lush, green lawn and dressing up your front door with a new coat of paint or a decorative wreath.
Once prospective homebuyers are inside, continue creating a warm and inviting atmosphere by having a clean and spacious foyer. Make sure there is available space for guests to hang their coats and take off their shoes. To help decorate the foyer, you can add a stunning mirror to create the illusion of larger space and have a gorgeous floral arrangement on display.
2. Remove Any Clutter
While having a tidy foyer is important, the rest of the home should be just as neat and organized. Remove any necessary clutter and take down personal items such as photos or any drawings or cards on your fridge. Generally, potential homebuyers like to imagine the home as their own and may take a closer look at closets or cupboards to have a better understanding of the space. By eliminating clutter, you can help create a bigger space and demonstrate how to utilize storage space in your home.
3. Move Furniture
Make sure each room in your home is walkable and spacious. Rearrange any furniture that may be in the way or may not match the rest of the décor. Try testing out the couch, chairs and tables in different angles and spots in the rooms to decide where to best place them. Use the furniture in your home to help better define the rooms in your home.
4. Lights, Camera, Action!
Lighting plays a big role in our favourite movies and in our homes. Let some light into your home to help brighten it up and attract potential homebuyers. Turn on the lights in each room of your house to better showcase the room, including any lamps. Open any window curtains and blinds.
5. Neutral Colours
If the walls in your home are filled with vibrant colours, consider painting them a more neutral colour to support selling your home. Some potential buyers may find bright colours to be distracting and can impact their purchase decision. Choose gray, white, beige or taupe to paint the walls to help create a sophisticated and calm environment.
6. Backyard Oasis
Creating a beautiful backyard oasis can help enchant potential buyers. Make sure you have comfortable and elegant outdoor seating for optimal outdoor relaxation and entertaining. Help maintain the cleanness of the backyard by weeding the garden, removing any hanging or broken branches and pruning shrubs. For a touch of ambience, add a string of outdoor twinkle lights.
7. Eliminate Odors
Be aware of unpleasant smells in your home such as pet odors or the lingering smell of last night’s fish dinner. Get rid of any carpets that may have trapped bad smells or clean any kitchen appliances that may leave lasting odors. To help mask pungent smells you can light a candle a few hours before the showing or make some fresh baked goods such as cookies or brownies to offer buyers while creating a more pleasant aroma.
8. Clean Home Makes the Dream Home
Make your home sparkle by giving it a strong deep cleaning. Roll up your sleeves and be prepared to scrub every surface. A clean home is an essential part in sealing the deal. If you might need extra assistance, you can hire cleaning professionals. After all, your home can be a reflection of you and your lifestyle. Set the stage for its absolute best performance!
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These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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