Vancouver Home Staging Secrets
Prepping your home for sale is what they mean by “staging.” It’s what you need to do to get your home ready if you want to sell your house more quickly. There are actually professional people who do this for a living, but for most of us simply can’t afford what they charge and have to do it on your own.
Here’s a few tips to give you some ideas on some simple basic ideas that you can do to stage your home so it’s more attractive for prospective buyers.
Listen to Your Realtor
If you’re selling your home then most likely you’ve hired a realtor. An experienced realtor also knows what it takes to sell a home and they have a lot of great ideas to advise you on what you need to do when it comes to home staging.
Take the time and write down all their suggestions. You don’t necessarily have to do everything as they suggest as you might also consider some alternative solutions if you’re on a tight budget.
View your Abode as a “House” and Not a “Home”
You have to step back and loosen your emotional attachment to your home because to a prospective buyer it’s just one of several or many that they will be viewing. First you have to be very realistic about the “asking price.”
Regardless of any home improvements or renovations you’ve made, make sure your asking price is within a suitable range for the type of homes in your neighbourhood and what and what they’re going for.
Basic Staging Tips
The main basic approaches of good staging techniques include the following:
Lose the Clutter
This applies to every area of the house including the closets, basement and garage. If you have a lot knick knacks, or memorabilia, then it’s time to pack them away. The approach you want to take is to try and make your home look more like a “show home” than a home that looks too “lived in.”
Clean and then Clean Some More!
This can’t be emphasized enough. The cleaner a home looks and smells to a prospective buyer, the more appealing it appears to the viewing eye.
So, roll up your sleeves, put on some rubber gloves on and make sure you make everything sparkle as best you can. A prospective buyer does not want to see dirt. And. Make sure you include all your windows, both inside and out because you want to have all the curtains open to let in the light.
Do Those Repairs Now!
Simply put – fix anything and everything that needs fixing. A prospective buyer is going to notice these little things and wonder about what other important maintenance items you might have been neglecting that might cost them some big bucks down the road.
If the wood floors need a sanding and varnishing or if the walls need a lick of paint, then get on it and get it done. If you have few extra dollars then you might want to upgrade your faucets, replace your toilet or sinks or other fixtures. Home renovations can be done on the cheap and a small investment of cash can go a long way when it comes to selling your house.
Arrange and Neutralize
Your home needs to not only smell clean but it also needs to look bright and airy in appearance. Take a look a your furniture and ask yourself whether it could be re-arranged to make the room look more open or have better lines of access, because the furniture arrangement needs to have some sense to it.
By neutralize, you want to extract more of yourself from the home and remove the emotional attachment to it. This is another reason why you want to remove personal memorabilia, trophies, limit the number of family photos and your personal collections. They need to be packed away.