If you are planning on selling your home, you may want to think seriously about Home Staging. Staging is very important to get you a better price and sell your home faster. The only question should be, should I stage my home myself or should I hire a professional home stager. Staging can make a big difference, people are looking for move in ready and many don’t even want to have to paint. Not many people want to buy a fixer up er, and if you don’t stage, they will have the impression there is a lot of work involved in purchasing your home. Ensure you stage your house or condo before putting up the for sale sign. If you’ve done regular repair and maintenance to your home, you should not have to spend a lot of money getting your home ready to sell and it may not be as costly as you would think. Don’t spend too much fixing up your home with major repairs or renovations to attract buyers unless absolutely necessary; you aren’t likely to recoup all the money heaped on more extensive remodeling. On the other hand, staging is cheaper and offers way to increase your home’s appeal.
Before we talk about interior staging, curb appeal is very important. As soon as you put out that for sale sign, make sure the exterior has curb appeal because potential buyers scouting out homes for sale in the neighbourhood will most like keep driving, unless they like what they see.
Curb Appeal/Exterior Tips for Outside Staging
- Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered ensuring you remove weeds
- Ensure you remove any dead plants or flowers from flower beds, plants or planters.
- Paint the front door and ensure it is warm and inviting.
- If selling in the spring/summer/fall, put a couple of pots of flowers near your front entrance for color. If the winter season, use an urn with greenery and make sure you keep walks neatly cleared of snow and ice.
- Check foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and deterioration, and fix any problem areas.
- Clean windows and exterior walls with a power washer.
- Remove and repaint any peeling paint on doors and windows
- Rent a pressure washer to clean the exterior of the house.
- Inspect and clean the chimney.
- Repair and replace loose or damaged roof shingles and clean gutters.
- Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
- Reseal old asphalt.
- Keep the garage door closed.
- Remove and store from the exterior anything that does not belong such as old parked cars, tools, gardening equipment, toys etc.
Interior tips to enhance your home’s interior appeal to buyers
- Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This alone will make your house appear bigger and brighter. Rent a storage locker if necessary.
- If you can afford it, hire a professional cleaning service every few weeks while the house is on the market.
- Remove items you don’t often use from rooms, closets and cupboards- you have to pack it all up eventually!
- Make sure that table tops, counters, cupboards, book shelves, entertainment units, dressers and closets are free of clutter. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”; find a logical space to store items that you keep. Utilize storage solutions like shelves and stackable bins.
- Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms: they should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free. Buy some new towels, facecloths, dishcloths, dishtowels and shower curtains for showing. Re-caulk if tiles and bleach grout.
- Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
- Spruce up a kitchen in need of more major remodeling by installing new curtains and cabinet knobs, or applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
- Clean walls and doors of smudges and scuff marks.
- Replace worn rugs
- Dry clean drapes and Shampoo carpet.
- If necessary, repaint dingy, soiled or strongly-colored walls with a neutral shade of paint, such as off-white or beige.
- Check for cracks, leaks and signs of dampness in the attic and basement, and fix any problem areas.
- Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster, wallboard, wallpaper, paint and tiles.
- Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, moldings and other woodwork.
- Inspect and repair the plumbing, heating, cooling and alarm systems.
- Check for cobwebs.
- Clean refrigerator.
- Clean floors and vacuum daily.
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
- Stop smoking inside the house.
- Empty all trash, recycle bins, etc.
- Use baking soda boxes in smell-prone areas.
- Place fresh flowers around the house, use very light air freshener or burn cinnamon.
- Clean all windows and mirrors.
More General Tips
- Go through all your items that you own and place them into groups: keep, store, sell or donate. A garage sale can get some extra cash and a great way to remove items that you no longer need, or donate to Big Brothers/Sisters, Salvation Army or other worthy charities in your area. You can recycle your electronics for free at many local recycling depots.
- How do you eat an elephant, one bite at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself and feel you need to do it all in a day; tackle it room by room until you have it all completed.
- For clothing and other personal items, if you haven’t worn or used it in over a year, you need to consider selling or donating it. That is a good rule of thumb in general.
- Animals (small animals, cat or dog) Brush daily, and for Cats, clean out litter boxes. Before showing your home, take your animals with you, put them in a daycare or have them stay with a relative or friend. Not only is it best for the potential buyers at your open house, it’s better for your animal (s). If you have a bird(s) ensure cage is clean and keep covered. If you have fish, make sure aquarium is clean.