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Adding that extra WOW Factor to impress any prospective buyers is an important tactic when it comes to selling your home. Although your ultimate goal is to sell your home, you have to first help prospective buyers envision themselves living in the space, and staging your home will help you accomplish this. We’ve compiled a list of home staging do’s and don’ts that will guide you through the process.
1. DECLUTTER AND MAKE MINOR REPAIRS
• Tour your home and take notice of any scratches, cracks or nicks in the walls or baseboards. Ensure all are repaired with plaster and paint for a clean, well-kept look.
• Apply a fresh coat of paint to walls in high-traffic areas of your home.
• Reduce clutter, including the clutter in your closet and cupboards. Remember that no stone goes unturned! Potential purchasers will open any doors they see.
• Replace burnt out lightbulbs inside and outside the house. If you have it in your budget, consider replacing any outdated light fixtures for a simple, updated look.
• Give your house a thorough deep clean, including all windows and under the sinks. Don’t forget to empty the trash cans regularly.
• Tidy up toys regularly.
• If you have pets, ensure there are no pet odours or pet hair on the floors or furniture. Always take your pets with you when your house is showing.
2. STORE PERSONAL ITEMS
• Lock up or remove from sight any personal products, such as medicines and razors.
• Store your jewelry and other valuables in a safe place.
• Depersonalize your home. Store photos, artwork, awards and personal accessories so buyers envision themselves in your home instead of you.
3. STAGE YOUR HOME’S INTERIOR
• Remove large furniture and rearrange your living areas to create a more inviting space.
• Replace outdated rugs with inexpensive, neutral tones for a clean look.
• Consider hanging mirrors in smaller spaces to make rooms look larger.
• Invest in new, neutral artwork.
• Style your dining room table before showings.
• Replace messy doormats.
• Add ample natural light by ensuring all curtains and blinds are open during showings.
• Always display clean linens in kitchen and bathrooms.
4. CURB APPEAL
• Power wash siding and decks.
• Ensure the driveway and sidewalks are clear of any debris or snow at all times.
• Ensure the lawns are mowed and bushes are trimmed.
• Don’t start any major renovation – focus on small repairs that will make your home look clean and well-kept.
• Don’t buy new furniture for the home, but instead, focus on decluttering and rearranging your existing furniture for a better look.
• Don’t cook foods with strong odours.
• Don’t leave clothes in your laundry appliances – if appliances are being sold with the home, prospective buyers will look inside.
• Don’t overdo the air freshener, but do ensure the house smells clean and inviting. Taking time to bake some cookies or other baked goods will leave a welcoming smell.
• Don’t take it personally. Buyers may be quick to point out negative aspects of your home, so take those comments as constructive criticism to improve those areas before the next showing.