You know the market is competitive, so stack the odds in your favor by staging your living space and taming your clutter.
Real estate professionals are unanimous: to successfully sell your home quickly, you need to stage it to appear warm, but neutral. The goal of home staging is to show off your space while allowing potential buyers to picture themselves, and their belongings, living in it. Although professional services exist that can stage your home for you, we recommend you take matters into your own hands to save some money. We have six simple, easy and inexpensive rules to follow to maximize sales opportunities, while minimizing money and effort spent. It’s time to sell!
Organize the Disorganized
Would you buy a house where clutter is king? Well, it’s the same for your prospective buyers. Remove uninspired furniture and décor by selling them for a little extra money, but be careful, the living space you’re trying to sell shouldn’t look too empty either. You should also make sure everything looks tidy and neat, so consider buying items that could provide additional storage space in the short-term to help your space look organized. A well-organized space can pay off big time by maximizing space and improving buyer perception.
Tasteful, but Neutral Décor
Home décor and accent pieces are essential for creating a warm feeling within your space, but you need to be careful not to overdo it. Remember that the potential buyers need to be able to picture the space as their own. Go for items with neutral colors, which complement each other, and utilize plants to help break up all of the neutral tones. It’s also important that you leave yourself enough time to buy and resell any additional items you purchased for the staging process before your big move.
Depersonalize your Interior
Although depersonalizing your space may sound counterintuitive, it is a very important step in the selling process. After all, potential buyers must be able to picture themselves in the property you’re trying to sell. You can help them do this by removing any personalized mementos like family photos and souvenirs.
Let There be Light!
Don’t dampen the mood by showing a small dark space. A well-lit room appears more welcoming and much larger than a dim one. So, before showing your space, tour it yourself and be sure to open curtains and turn on lights – natural light also adds dimension to your home. Got a small space with limited natural light? No problem, consider adding large mirrors to create the illusion of grandeur.
Any potential buyer who visits a clean property will get the impression that it has been well maintained over the years, which is a very important factor when selling a home. That’s right, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and clean! And not just the obvious areas like floors, windows, and walls either. Check under your furniture and in the little nooks and crannies – don’t forget to remove pet or other distinctive odors. If you’re busy and lack the time to tackle all of this, recruit the help of professionals because your space needs to shine!
Curb Appeal Counts
Remember that the exterior of your home is as important as the interior because it creates the first impression for every potential buyer. Simple actions like mowing your lawn, cleaning your windows, and clearing your driveway are inexpensive ways to help stack the odds in your favor.
Here at the Alberta Real Estate Team, we have a team of professionals that will help get your property sold!