Getting your home in “sale ready” condition can feel like a daunting task. Even if you’re not planning on selling in the near future, it can pay off to regularly do a few things around your home so that when opportunity knocks, you can answer quickly!
- walk through your home with “Buyer Eyes” and address any small fixes that someone else might notice.
- regularly organize closets and drawers, donating unused items and keeping items in their proper place. Less is often more when it comes to items in your home.
- maintain your appliances so that they run smoothly (changing filters, having them serviced) – this can add years onto their life!
Here are some Home Staging secrets:
- Remove Clutter: Getting rid of clutter is the most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale. Make a house rule that every new thing that comes in, an old thing has to go out. Mostly homes looks cluttered because of furniture. Therefore, it is advisable to remove furniture so the house looks for open when buyers come to see. Take a look at what you have and what you can live without.
- Furniture Layout: There’s this belief that if all the furniture is pushed to the walls, the room has a larger space, but that’s not the case. Instead, place your furniture away from walls and position the sofas and chairs in a way that conversations can be had in a better way. This will make the space more friendly and larger.
- Transform your room: If you have a room that holds all the junk, replace it with something that will add worth to your home. Just a simple addition of an armchair, a lamp and a table in a proper position will transform it into a comfortable reading spot. Hang some fresh drapery or lay a nice area rug on the floor and toss in a few cushy pillows.
- Lighting your home: Staged homes look warm and welcoming when highlighted with great lighting. Most of our homes are not properly lit which is why they can look less than ideal. To solve this, increase your fixtures and lamps.
- Make It Bigger and Larger: To make a room look larger than it is paint it the same color as the adjacent room. For example, a dining room and kitchen painted the same colour will make both rooms look bigger. Another trick is if you want to create the illusion of a bigger space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery.
- Colour Experiment: Embrace the use of darker paint in your bedroom or dining room. A deep tone on the walls can make the room look cozier, dramatic and intimate. And it is not necessary to paint the entire room, rather paint a wall to draw attention to a fireplace or a lovely window.
- Modify wall hangings: Most of our homes have the art hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing or positioning your pictures, paintings and prints in common places can render them almost invisible. Display your art creatively so it stands out and shows off. Break up that line perhaps by grouping art pieces or hanging them in special places.
- Prim and Polished: Sparkling clean bathrooms are a must. Scrub away any dirt and grime and shine up all your fixtures. Ensure you have fresh (best choice is white) towels and new soaps so that your rooms smells and looks spa like.
Think of it this way, why not enjoy the changes you can make to your home now by improving things gradually and regularly. It will clear your mind and when you decide to sell, you’ll be ready for action!