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The Importance of Home Staging

The Importance of Home Staging


When selling your home, you want it to appeal to as many buyers as possible. While your home may be decorated perfectly for you and your family, potential buyers are trying to imagine themselves and their belongings in the space, this is where Home Staging comes in. 

 
What is Home Staging?
 
Home staging is preparing your home for sale. The main goal of home staging is to ensure your home appeals to the highest number of potential buyers, therefore ensuring a quick sale at the highest value possible. 
 
What needs to be done?
 
1. Declutter
 
Clutter does two things for your home - it gives the idea that there is not enough storage space and it distracts buyers from the home's features. By decluttering, you will help to keep potential buyers focused on the important features of your home and give the idea of extra space throughout the home. 
 
2. Depersonalize
 
This one may be a bit hard for some sellers. This has been your home for a long time and your family has created many memories here. However, the potential buyers are trying to envision their family in the home and making new memories. You don't need to take down every single photo of your family, but you definitely don't need a fridge or a wall full of photos that will distract the buyers. 
 
3. Remove odors
 
You may not even realize it, but your home has an odor, every home does. Whether it be pets, kids, or even what you cooled for dinner last night, there will be an odor that is noticeable to anyone who doesn't live there.  Open windows to air the home out prior to a potential buyer coming to view and place some lightly scented air fresheners throughout. 
 
4. Wallpaper and paint
 
Chances are, any potential buyer is going to want to take down that wallpaper right away, do yourself a favour and take it down before selling and have it painted a nice neutral colour.  The same goes for brightly coloured rooms. Maybe your son or daughter has a neon green or bright purple bedroom; this will definitely put most buyers off. We know your child may not be happy about repainting, but rest assured, they can paint their new room at the house a fun new colour, this is only temporary! 
 
5. Lighting
 
Before a potential buyer arrives to your home, open all curtains, turn on lights, and create a warm welcoming feel. No one, especially a potential, in an unfamiliar home, wants to be walking around dimly light hallways and dark rooms. Another great tip is to change your light switch covers, this is a cheap and extremely easy update that will be noticed and appreciated. 
 
6. Exterior
 
Be sure that your lawn is freshly mowed, the hedges are trimmed, and gardens are weeded. This is a buyer's first impression of your home so you want it to look it's best.  A fresh coat of paint on the door, a shiny new door handle, or even some new exterior lighting can go a long way! 
 
7. Final touches
 
Add some fresh flowers throughout the home or a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen countertop. This will add a homey feeling while keeping it personalized. 
 
Home Staging helps potential buyers envision themselves living in your home. It will have them thinking about where they'd like to put their future and which picture they'd like on the walls. It's all about creating a vision for the buyer! 
 
If you have any questions about Home Staging or would like to discuss the current real estate market, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.
 
JP Real Estate more than a Real Estate company, we are community and we are here to help you. We look forward to connecting you with greatness!   
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