Preparing Your Home for Selling with Staging
The Sofi Sells Real Estate Team provide professional home staging that will help your home sell quickly. Without spending a lot of money on renovations we’ll ensure your home is set up and prepared to take buyers by presenting it so it appeals to the widest audience.
Ontario is a highly competitive housing market and professional home staging has become one of the most important tools to effectively sell a house. It’s cost effective, improves the look of the property, it highlights important features and gives viewers a strong sense of what they can do with the home and how beautiful it looks.
We’ll turn your home into an amazing product that focuses on the it’s best features and makes it more visually interesting to potential buyers and lead to better offers. Let the Sofi Sells Real Estate team connect you to a professional home stager and give your home the treatment it deserves.
How Staging Works
Initial Consultation & Walk-through
At your initial consultation, your stager and you will plan the important details for furniture placement, organization, theme, and colours. Each room will be assessed and you’ll receive a report listing the items you discussed and included a report on items that will be brought in to optimize the staging process.
The first step to staging your home is decluttering. You can utilize basement and garage space to neatly but away items that potential buyers don’t need to see. Your stager will have a list of items that could be discreetly tucked away. Decluttering eliminates distractions that could hinder the successful sale and helps you organize your belongings before your move.
Begin Staging Process
The actual staging process begins with the staging company taking care of the necessary tasks to get your home ready for market. During this stage professional photos and videos are taken of the home and it becomes ready to be showcased and for prospecting buyers to review in person or online.
Steps to Start Staging Your Home
Clean out the Clutter and Depersonalize
The first thing they do when evaluating a home is walk through the house and to make a list of what needs to go. If there are too many personal items, this can be distracting to buyers and turn them off from seeing your home as an investment opportunity.
Take some time to go through every closet and room in your house, pulling out anything that you don’t want or need anymore, but still holds sentimental value. From there either donate them or store them away in a plastic container out of view.
Do Basic Repairs
You’ll also want to make sure that your home looks safe and functional. Fix any broken windows and doors, repair peeling paint or chipped or stained surfaces, replace broken flooring, replace missing hardware items like door handles and cabinet knobs, fix damaged appliances, and repair/replace damaged cabinets.
Paint the Walls
Painting your walls is one of the fastest, easiest ways to transform the look of a room and make a house sell faster. Painting can make a room feel larger, brighter, and more inviting without adding any additional square footage.
Start with a colour that’s neutral but not too neutral like beige or light taupe rather than white. Next, pick out paint that’s in the same colour family as your wall colour. This will help keep things fresh and easy on the eyes while still matching up with all your existing decor.
Rearrange the furniture
Rearrange your furniture in such a way as to make your home looking inviting and spacious. Make sure that all the main pathways are clear so buyers can easily move around the house without tripping over a piece of furniture.
- Keep all doors and windows unobstructed by anything, including large pieces of furniture.
- Avoid filling up rooms with too much furniture and keep just enough visible so that the room still feels open and spacious.
Declutter Your Kitchen Counters
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home and it’s where food is prepared and shared with family, friends, and guests. It’s also one of the most used rooms in a home. As such it’s very important that you declutter your kitchen counters, so they look their best when people view your house.
Here are some simple things you can easily remove from your kitchen counters:
- All clutter
- Non-kitchen items
- Unnecessary items
- Food items
- Small unused appliances
Decluttering will make your kitchen feel more spacious and help potential buyers see what a beautiful space it really is.
Add a Welcome Mat and Potted Plants
A welcome mat is a great way to welcome visitors into your home. It makes them feel welcomed to the viewing and that they’re important to you.
If you have room at your front door try placing a plant (real or artificial) or two in front of the door. They’ll add a bit of colour and life to your entrance without taking up much room or costing too much.
Optimize Your Lighting
Lighting is one of the most powerful tools you can use to create a mood. It can highlight a feature, draw attention to an area, make a space feel bigger or smaller, and much more. Use lighting wisely to set the tone for your home and make it look inviting at all times of day because people will be viewing your home at various hours.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, this is the time to act. If you’re ready to get some professional advice on how to stage a home effective, contact us today!