When selling a property there are 3 factors to consider, location, price and property condition.
- Location is fixed; your home may be comparable to others in the area.
- Price is affected by location and market values.
- Property condition is the one factor that a property owner can work on to receive the maximum market value for the home. To maximize the return on the property and sell quickly, the property must be “detailed” to sell.
Pre-Listing Readiness Tips
Clients will pay more for homes that are well maintained and have that “ ready to move in” or “turn key” look. The property needs to ‘shine’ over others in the neighborhood. Before listing a home, there are several things to prepare. Pre–listing home readiness isn’t just about de-cluttering.
You only get one chance to make a first impression.
The goal is to attract potential homebuyers by providing a warm welcome inside and out.
- Rake debris/leaves, clean garden beds, remove any garden statues, wind chimes, and seasonal items.
- Add fresh mulch to areas in the garden that are bare.
- Add some colourful flowers/ plants.
- Replace “tired” mailboxes and number signs.
- Power wash the exterior siding, remove any cobwebs at the entrance.
- Touch up or repaint the front door.
- Add outdoor furniture to create an inviting space.
- Curb appeal rules apply to backyards as well.
Layout and Flow
- Convert any room in the house back into its original intended purpose.
- Even though you may not use the dining room as a dining room or if you use a bedroom as an office, it is highly recommended to convert the room back into its original intended purpose.
- Potential homebuyers have difficulty visualizing a space that has been used for another purpose.
- Overall flow room to room will enable a potential buyer to visualize the space available. Remove furniture that is too large for the space. Do a walk through of the property and correct any space that has too much furniture in it. i.e. When you have to turn sideways to walk around a table etc.
- Utilize as much natural light as possible.
- Remove dark draperies/valances/blinds.
- Incorporate items that will reflect light.
- Items such as glass, metals, mirrors, light coloured walls and white sheers.
- The paint inside a home should be freshened up every 7 years.
- If you are intending on selling, choose a light neutral shade throughout the property.
- Colour is very personal and can be added with decorative pieces/accessories.
- Shades of white reflect light and photographs beautifully.
Maximize your Home Equity
Practical Staging Solutions will maximize your home equity with a proven system to showcase your properties strengths, increase buyer appeal and remove distractions.
I will organize, detail and provide finishing touches that will add value by providing creative solutions to update the property, while keeping costs at a minimum. My first priority is to re-purpose items available at the property.
As a Certified Staging Professional, I can facilitate organization, storage, updating and renovation planning.