10 Tips to Successful Home Staging
Preparing your house for selling can be a daunting and overwhelming task whether you have lived in your home a few years or many. The longer you have lived in your home the more things you will have acquired. The intent of this Top 10 Tips for Successful Home Staging is to help you save TIME, MONEY and ENERGY.
In preparing your house for selling you need to take a step back and have the mind set that this is no longer your home but your investment for your future. You want your home to have broad buyer appeal to your target market. Following these 10 Tips for Successful Home Staging will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money than if you did not prepare it for selling! Remember most people want to move into their new home without having to make updates to it.
1. Curb Appeal
Stand back and view your home as if you were seeing it for the first time. This is the ‘first impression’ stage. Depending on the season you may want to have pots of colourful and attractive flowers to greet buyers; a clean and inviting door mat; new and shiny door handles and/or knockers; a freshly painted door.
Start your pre-pack as soon as possible. You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away/recycle. Many clients will rent storage lockers or have pods delivered so they can start to clear out what is not going to make the house look good.
You would think this one is common sense, but let me assure you, I wish it were so! A clean home translates into, “They must have really cared for their home.” Use environmentally friendly cleaners where you can and for hard to clean areas, TSP is a good product. Bathrooms and kitchens must be sparkling clean at the very least. Of particular importance, is making sure the shower and bath grout and caulking is clean and fresh.
We know you love your family photos and your personal treasures and for living they are perfect. For selling pack them up carefully so you can showcase them in your new home. For selling you want buyers to focus on the best features of your home and not your personal things or collections.
5. A Neutral Colour Scheme When Selling
Choose only 3 colours or less to paint your house for selling. If you have an open floor plan then paint the main floor all the same colour. Bedrooms look good in light sage greens or warm blues like the new aqua.
6. Highlight Your Home’s Best Architectural Features
Place your furniture in each room so that you have very obvious focal points that show off the home’s best selling features. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that the eye is drawn to the fireplace
If you were using your guest bedroom as your den for living, for selling turn it back into a bedroom with bedroom furniture in it. If you do not have the right furniture for each room consider renting it. There are more and more rental furnishing companies opening up every day. If you don’t want to rent then borrow.
8. Lighting Your Home To Its Best Advantage
Spend money on new light fixtures in brushed nickel or stainless steel. Brass is out; don’t fight it, replace it. There are many low-cost lighting stores to select from so no excuses for having dated light fixtures.
The most popular on the market are the 2″ faux woods in a white tone to go with your trim. Decorative side panels will do the trick if you need to add warmth and colour.
10. Flooring Needs Special Attention & is a Good Investment For Updating the Look of Your Home
Tile or linoleum is great for entranceways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms; a good quality laminate or hardwood is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms are attractive in a neutral carpet.
By planning and budgeting you can get yourself to the “OPEN HOUSE READY” stage. Remember that over 79% of prospective buyers have already checked you out through the MLS listings. Will they like what they see?
Top 5 Reasons You Should Stage Your Home
I’m a real estate agent not a home stager. Therefore, I know how important it is to discuss staging your home before you list it for sale. I don’t do the work, but I see firsthand the difference it makes both in length of selling time and price.
Why do some sellers balk at staging their home? They think it’s too expensive, they think it’s too much work, they like their decorating, and they don’t understand the value.
Expensive? Not nearly as much as your first price reduction.
Work? Mostly cleaning and de-cluttering which you would have to do anyway since you’re moving.
Decorating? Liking your decorating is understandable. Look at it this way – interior design is for living in your home, staging is for selling your home. They are distinctly different.
Value? Okay, there’s the catch. How much does it really do for me?
Here Are The Top 5 Reasons You Should Stage Your Home:
A well staged home is aesthetically pleasing. Everything looks inviting, comfortable, and simple. It elicits a strong emotion from buyers: desire.
2. Your Home Will Sell Faster
The Association of Property Scene Designers states that staged homes sell for 43% more quickly than unstaged homes. Checkout this Home Staging Infographic more compelling data on why you should stage your home
3. Staging Helps With Procrastination
Yes, your stager will want many of your trinkets and collector items put away. This is called de-cluttering and depersonalizing. You will have to tackle this at some point. Get it done early, store boxes in the basement, a POD, or rent a storage unit for a few months.
4. Staging Will Teach You a Few Things
Maybe you never had a decorator and you’ve done it all yourself. Those floral curtains in the bedroom, the layout of the pictures over the living room sofa, the furniture placement in the family room or the overlarge chair in the den. It all works for you which is great – but a stager might just show you “better” which is something you can take with you to your new home.
5. You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
This is a favorite line with stagers and real estate agents. If you don’t stage before you list, guess what? You’ve lost time and money – the two things that are all but promised if you stage your home before listing it for sale.
You get a good feeling when you walk into a home that has been properly staged. It’s not fake; it’s more than just placemats and wine glasses on the dining room table. It just feels good.
Home Staging Mistakes & Advice
In Vancouver the competition for Buyers, can be ferocious. As such, it’s more important than ever to present your home in its best possible light and home staging can achieve this, while helping sell your home quicker and often for more money. Good home staging creates a positive first impression that focuses on your homes strong points. However, it’s easy to make some common mistakes. Here are a few home staging mistakes you should always avoid:
1. Be Clear What Home Staging Does
As mentioned, home staging accents and brings out your home’s assets, it is not to hide any problems your house may have. As a seller, you will need to make all home repairs prior to putting your home on the market. Simply staging your home to take the attention away from either a structural or mechanical issue won’t do.
2. Interfering With The Stager
Sellers are often very attached to their homes and all too often let their emotions get in the way, of good judgment. But when a home stager is hired, it is best to let them focus on what will make your home sell. Chances are you may have different styles and preferences, but usually, your stager will know how to make a home appealing for the prospective buyer.
3. Know What Stays & What Goes
Often a buyer will so love a staged home; they just assume the furniture and accessories come with it. Be clear to your real estate agent what furniture and fixtures, if any, stays with the home.
4. Disorganized Storage & Cupboards
Remember, buyers will look into your cupboards and closets. If by chance they find an unorganized mess, the buyer will assume that there is not enough storage in the home. Take a day prior to listing your home and work on de-cluttering your storage spaces. Remember, no one wants to view, much less move into, someone’s mess
5. Can’t Find a Home Stager
If you need to find a good staging company, please refer to our eConcierge section on the website, or please drop me a line for an immediate recommendation. Pricing varies, but most, if not all home staging businesses, are happy to give free estimates. Some charge an hourly rate and others will give you a set price for the entire job. If cost is an issue, consider only staging a few rooms in your house. Usually, you want those rooms that the buyer will see first when walking into your home. Finally, meet with several stagers to find the one you’re most comfortable with.
DIY Home Staging in 15 Minutes
There is plenty you can do without hiring a home stager and often it’s little more than changing a few things around. Take a quick look at this short video for some quick ideas. To achieve a successful sale in a busy market, your home should always be presented at it’s best. A little time, effort and thought can go a long way in making the Buyer’s first impression, “gotta make an offer” memorable!