Appearances Do Matter!

Home staging may not seem important to some, but in today's real estate market, proper home staging can help your house stand out. Even the smallest details can create a sale. Here are a few tips to help and improve your home staging.

First Impressions Count

The first part of your house any potential buyer will see is the façade, so make sure you put some effort in here. A bit of landscaping can go a long way and something as simple as adding a few potted plants around your front door can make a big difference to your main entrance.

Remove Personal Effects

Potential buyers like to imagine themselves living in your home, so don't compromise that with your own personal pictures. It’s hard to disconnect everything from the home you’ve spent many years in, but if you have pictures hanging on the wall that you’re not ready to take down just yet, maybe swap them out temporarily for some neutral prints.

Rearrange and Update Furniture

Old, worn out furniture isn’t going to cut it with potential home buyers. Give worn-out pieces a refresh with new pillows or covers. And think about moving around the furniture in your rooms; your existing set up might not be the best layout for presenting your home in an optimal way.

Repaint your Canvas

If some of your wall colours are of a bolder choice, in may be an idea to repaint them in more neutral colors that will make the rooms in your house more palatable for all potential buyers. Neutral colours help potential buyers envisage their won schemes on your canvas. 

Kitchen Upgrades

The kitchen can make or break an opinion. You don’t have to pull-off a full kitchen renovation, but a few simple changes can improve the area. You want the kitchen to feel bright and spacious, so clear the countertops of gadgets. Thoroughly clean the counters, floors, any tiling and grout, and appliances. Try to avoid cooking meals that have strong smells before showings. All you really need on the counter or kitchen table is nice bowl of fruit or vase of flowers.

Bathroom Spring Cleaning

The bathroom is where you want to pay special attention. Unlike other areas of the house, buyers don’t typically spend long exploring bathrooms. Obviously, cleanliness is the most important factor, so make sure that you remove any mildew, mold, soap scum, and make sure the toilet is spotless. You may want to replace shower curtains or bathmats if they’re looking grubby, and try and arrange any toiletries neatly, ideally in baskets or jars to keep the counters clear.

Tidy Tidy Tidy!

Sort and stash everything away that’s not essential to your daily living. A house on the market should appear ready for a buyer to move straight into. As you're clearing and cleaning, keep in mind that buyers visiting your home may look in every corner. This means don’t cram everything into one closet as this could mean that buyers may think there’s not too much storage space in the home. 

Clean and Fresh

Open windows to let in some fresh air prior to showings; this will ensure that your space smells fresh and doesn't feel stuffy. And once more, we’d like to stress how important cleaning is in staging a home staging. Clean everything; even things like your garage floor, outside tiles, and floor grout should be as clean as possible.

Backyards and Gardens

Buyers might spend more or less time checking out the backyard. This is less likely during cold months, and potential purchasers won’t expect patio furniture and barbecues to be set up, but you should make sure to clear leaves or snow from accessible areas so they can still explore the potential if they are inclined. In the warmer months, make sure the outside is clean; arrange patio chairs and tables to show off the space. And of course, get rid of weeds and keep the lawn trimmed.

And Finally

To make your house truly memorable, add a few final touches, such as bright tablecloths, vases of flowers, and put the coffee on; all of this can really lift your home, making your house as welcoming—and worthy of sale—as possible.

When it comes to preparing your home for sale, Jeremy Osborne Real Estate can help; contact us now for more info.

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