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Home staging

October 28 2016 by Nathalie Champoux
What you'll learn
  • What exactly is home staging?
  • The basics: a clean and clutter-free home
  • Here are some tips to make your house more attractive to potential buyers

Home staging is the art of preparing a house to make it entice potential buyers. The ultimate goal is to quickly sell your home at the best possible price.

Home staging professionals are experts in creating a buzz for a house on the market. Several real estate agencies use home staging specialists to accelerate the sales process. Looking to quickly sell your house? Here are some suggestions.

Keep your house clean and clutter-free 

What do you do when waiting for friends and family? You clean your house, of course! The same rule applies to potential buyers. Get rid of the clutter on your kitchen counters, put away your piles of clothing and your kids’ toys. Ensure that each room looks as spacious as possible.

Clean what visitors can see so that they don’t notice any dust bunnies or other unsightly mess. Sweep the floors, make your faucets shine, scrub the toilet, and dust all surfaces.

Make your home less personal

When people visit a home, they should be able to imagine themselves living there. This is harder to accomplish if your home is filled with personal objects, such as family pictures and your children’s drawings. Although these add a personality to your abode, visitors may not feel at home.

Put away pictures, drawings, trophies, teddy bears, hairbrushes, birthday cards, and other personal items.

Eliminate nasty odors

What could be worse than entering a house that smells of cat litter or burnt toast? Before leaving the house, empty trash cans and litter boxes, open the windows to let air in. While you’re at it, why not bake some cookies to leave a welcoming (not to mention delicious! Aroma!

Ensure adequate lighting 

Good lighting can make a huge difference in visitors’ impressions of your home. Open the blinds and turn on the lights to avoid dark corners. Replace burn-out light bulbs, if needed. Make your house shine!

Minor renos: a big bang for the buck

If you have the budget, carry out minor repairs to leave a lasting first impression: refresh walls with paint, replace old lamps, change moldings, etc. A little goes a long way!

Key takeaways
  • Home staging helps your house look more appealing to potential buyers.
  • A clutter-free home that smells good is a must when you want to impress visitors and sell your property.
  • Good lighting brightens up every room.
  • Remove personal items so that visitors can imagine themselves living in their future home.
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