There was a time not so long ago when, if you wanted to sell your house, you washed the windows, tidied up, and put the place on the market. Buyers looked at the neighbourhood, the space, and the yard and bought accordingly.
Now, condos and houses cost many, many times what they did a few decades ago. Mortgages are truly lifelong commitments and buyers want to step into not just a home, but a lifestyle.
Hence the rise in home stagings; in order to catch buyers’ eyes, sellers go far beyond cleaning up clutter and tending the yard. Now, a full overhaul – including repainting, reorganizing and rearranging – is common. Some even rent furniture and art to make the perfect impression.
Want your home to make a mark on potential buyers? Check out these home staging tips to amp up their interest.
Start With The Basics
Get fixed up: Every home going on the market should put its best face forward. That means a thorough cleaning and completion of all those minor household repairs you keep putting off, like painting the baseboards, patching those old nail holes, tightening the kitchen cupboard handles.
Banish all clutter: Tidy up bookshelves, clear off the coffee table and take half the knickknacks off the top of the piano. Purge kitchen counters so there’s little left but an attractive bowl of fruit.
Stash the personal stuff: Put away most of your family photos and mementos. You want potential buyers to envision themselves in your home. Plus, do you really want dozens of strangers looking at your baby pictures?
Make it nice on the nose: While the whole baking cookies thing has become predictable, be sure your home smells nice with some potpourri or spray scent in something classic such as lilac or lavender.
Up your curb appeal: Give your lawn a mow, weed the garden and ensure all shrubs are pruned. Make your outdoor space look custom too with large, dramatic potted and hanging arrangements. Spike your existing garden with colourful annuals. Dress up your patio furniture with crisp new cushions.
How To Take Things To The Next Level
Putting the time and investment into staging your home can prove well worth it, especially if your property is likely to prompt a bidding war. While these measures can be pricey, it’s important to consider them an investment toward a higher selling price.
Purge inside and out: Along with trimming clutter that’s easily visible, remember that potential buyers will be opening your cupboards as well. Pack away most of your things so your kitchen cupboards and bedroom closets will look tidy and airy to anyone who peers in.
Rent furniture: If your old sofa is out of date and you want to appeal to young, hip buyers, rent a chic piece. Dining room tables and patio furniture are other rental items that can have a big impact and can allow you to change the overall style of your home to appeal to your target buyers.
Add some art: Furniture rental companies, art galleries and individual artists are often eager to rent art for showings — it gets the artist’s name out there and generates revenue. It can be an inexpensive way to turn your average-looking family home into something very high-end.
Accessorize: Borrowing or purchasing new items such as pillows, knickknacks, books and other items can turn your lived-in house into a showroom. If you are getting new couch pillows, for instance, choose something bright and on trend such as orange or turquoise. Liven up a dining room table with colourful placemats. Go for luxury in the bedroom with a new (or borrowed) fluffy duvet loaded with layers of bright pillows.
Staging your home will take time and perhaps some financial investment, but a successfully staged home will look great and takes into account the taste of your potential buyers – and potentially add tens of thousands of dollars in value to your asking price.