The numbers don’t lie; often well-staged homes can see quicker sales and higher offers than their messy counterparts. The key is getting an early start on the process of getting ready. By beginning the huge task of removing the clutter and doing a pre-pack now, you can reduce the stress of preparing for showings and make it easier to move when your home sells when you are already part way done.
Try these five staging and organizing tips to help you reach a faster sale.
Purge From Top to Bottom — Do a proper sort and purge, getting rid of outdated clothing, duplicate items and rarely used gadgets. To keep this task from turning into a source of serious frustration, tackle one room (or even one drawer) at a time. Go at it steadily.
Pack Up Everything but the Essentials — Start pre-packing your home, storing non-essentials or out-of-season gear in the garage or off-site. Garages and unfinished areas are great for this extra storage. The idea is to give potential buyers a sense of space, which can’t be done if your home is overloaded with clutter.
Fix Glaring Problems — Remove out-of-style wallpaper, replace broken light fixtures, update cabinet and drawer pulls, and refresh dated window treatments. Simple fixes like these can make your home stand out from the competition.
Depersonalize — Remove family pictures and personal collections, and replace them with neutral artwork and simple accessories. The idea is to give potential buyers a neutral canvas so they can imagine their belongings in your home.
Go for Polished — Research the latest design trends and stage your house to match. Professional stagers recommend tailoring the design style to your target demographic. For example, if you’re in a family neighbourhood, style the bedrooms for children, even if none live in your home.
A professional stager is a nice to have but not necessary. It can add to your cost of selling. If you follow other simple steps outlined above, you home will look much better and be ready to sell. We often do staging for our clients by arranging furniture, helping pick new flooring and paint when necessary or bringing in professional trades people when needed. Call us and we’ll show you what selling real estate through truly professional REALTORS® is like. (more…)