Home evaluations have been my jam for the 29 years that I’ve been a Realtor, so it’s easy for me to point out things I see in my client’s homes that I know will stop them from having the best viewings they can. Such as burgundy walls that have been dark for 20 years- this isn’t good for buyers as they want light and bright.
It’s worth the paint because a recent RESA® 2021 Seller’s Market Survey of 4,600 staged homes revealed that 73% of those homes sold for an average of $40,000 over the listing price, and 9 days faster than the average days on the market.
Here are some more staging tips that are guaranteed to increase your home’s showing experience:
A clean home is a sign that you've taken good care of your property, so ensure yours is spotless. Give everything a deep clean from floor to ceiling, keeping in mind that home buyers will look in closets, cabinets and under sinks.
Set The Stage
Buyers want to envision themselves living in your home. Remove items like family photos, framed diplomas, keepsakes, kid's artwork or toys. If you have pets, remove their toys, beds and feeding dishes.
Not only is clutter an eyesore, but it also makes your home appear smaller. Now is the time to get rid of things you no longer need or consider getting a temporary storage unit. Give extra attention to closets, cabinets and pantries to give the impression of ample storage.
Great lighting can make your home feel more inviting. Let in as much natural light as possible by opening all curtains and blinds. Turn on all the lights in every room, including closets - this saves buyers from having to hunt for light switches - and upgrade to higher wattage bulbs.
Don't Forget The Exterior!
We often think of home staging as only applying to the interior, but the exterior leaves the ultimate first impression. Here are seven ideas to boost your home's curb appeal:
1. Mow your lawn
2. Clean outdoor spaces and sleep walkways.
3. Organize and clean any patio furniture.
4. Purchase a new welcome mat.
5. Touch up chipping paint.
6. Plant some flowers.
7. Paint the front door a bright colour.
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