Prepping and staging your home for sale takes time and energy. Here are some practical pointers to help you prepare your house for sale.
Depersonalize: When staging your home it’s all about the imagination of the buyer. You want to help them picture their life in your home. The fundamental statement you want a buyer to make is “I can see myself living here” not “I wonder what kind of people live in this home.” One of the best ways to do this is by removing personal photos and other items that could distract potential homebuyers. You can think of this process as a head-start in packing for your move.
Clean & Clutter: Streamline your home. You will want to ensure that everything in your home looks polished, washed, and dusted. You want to create the best first impression you can. You will also want to declutter. Remove anything unnecessary in the space; piles of shoes, toys, stacks of mail, etc. You want buyers to focus on the various features and attributes of your home, not how messy it is.
Neutralize: As much as you may like your turquoise basement, it could turn buyers off. By repainting in neutral colour’s you can help buyers focus on seeing themselves in your home, instead of focusing on the colour of your walls. In conjunction, try to remove bulky furniture, it will assist in the flow of your home and make the space feel less cramped. This goes for clothing as well, sort through your clothes and make your closets look as efficient, organized, and big as possible.
Light & Nature: Open all the windows you can to increase natural light. If there are darker rooms in your home bring in some lamps as well-lit spaces will make your home seem larger and more inviting. Just as natural light helps your space look more beautiful, so does bringing nature inside. Potted plants or flowers in a vase add colour and life to your home. If you have empty corners, fill them with healthy plants, then sit back, and watch buyers take notice.
Prepping your home for sale can be stressful, but remember the more work you put in the more buyers will take notice.