Selling your home can be a stressful process – from making the initial decision to list your home to ensuring that your home stands out in a busy real estate market. While things like the neighbourhood and nearby amenities are important factors to showcase, one of the most important things that potential buyers will look for is whether they can see themselves living in the home. This is where Real Estate Staging comes into play. Staging entails depersonalizing, arranging furniture and adding décor to showcase your home in the best possible way to highlight each room and feature the unique spaces of your home to appeal to your ideal buyer.
Whether you’re looking to prep your home for staging or are looking to bring in a professional, we’ve put together 5 Home Staging Tips that will help make your home stand out on the market!
Keep It Clean
One of the most important parts of staging your home is to clean. Whether you dedicate a day or two to thoroughly deep clean your home or hire professional cleaners to come in, this is a step that you do not want to miss. You want potential buyers to walk into your home and see everything it has to offer, not be distracted by a grimy baseboard or a dirty stovetop. Before getting too carried away with rearranging furniture or finding the perfect spots to hang artwork, take the time to clean areas you might not normally clean often – such as the grout lines between tiles, polishing fixtures, and wiping down both the inside and outside of appliances. Don’t forget to clean inside spaces like closets or storage rooms, which might normally be overlooked. Cleaning these neglected areas can really allow your home to stand out amongst others in the market!
De-Personalize Your Space
While you might love having family photos and knick-knacks on display, when it comes to selling your home, the best thing to do is to tuck your sentimental, personal items away for your new home. Not only does this help minimize clutter in your space, but it also transforms your home into a blank slate. This is essential when it comes to potential sellers being able to visualize themselves in the space, as it allows them to visualize their own personal items in the home without being distracted by someone else’s personal effects. Plus, de-personalizing your space before listing your home can help ensure that your items stay safe until you make the move to your new home.
Light It Up
In some instances, staging your home to sell might entail some cosmetic fixes, such as adding a fresh coat of paint to clean up the walls for a bright and crisp look. If you’re looking for other ways to transform the look of your space without putting in too much time or money, consider upgrading some of your main light fixtures. Adding a modern light fixture to a kitchen or dining room is a great way to not only maximize lighting, but can also help elevate the look of a space that might feel tired or outdated.
Use Colour to Highlight
The use of colour in your home can be a great way to accentuate different rooms and showcase your sense of style. However, when it comes time to sell, it’s important to remember that your style might not be the same as everyone else’s. Before listing, consider adding a fresh coat of light, neutral paint to the walls to help brighten up the space. Once your walls are painted and you have a blank canvas to work from, use different furniture and décor elements to add some colour back into the space, such as bright throw pillows in the living room or fun, patterned tea towels in the kitchen.
Don’t Forget Curb Appeal
Making your home stand out in the housing market can be challenging, so it’s important to take every element of your property into consideration, including the exterior space. Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression, so it’s crucial to factor curb appeal into your overall staging approach. Exterior upgrades can get costly, but there are lots of great and inexpensive ways to add some personality to the outside of your home. Take time to tidy the yard and ensure that your grass is cut to keep the landscaping looking clean. If your front porch lacks personality, consider painting your front door a fun colour that will help it to stand out or add a few flowerpots with some bright flowers to add visual interest.
If the idea of trying to stage your own home is overwhelming, consider hiring a professional to do it for you! At Team Logue, we offer home staging, consultation, delivery and use of furniture and décor items to all of our sellers, free of charge!
Are you ready to list your home on the market? We’re ready to help! Contact Team Logue today to get in touch with our expert team of agents.