Think back to the last time you went in for a job interview, or when you last had to meet a new client or business associate. You most likely dressed up nicely. You arrived on time. You spoke clearly and with confidence in yourself. You did all this because of one simple reason: first impressions are of utmost importance.
If your property doesn’t wow or impress prospective buyers the first time they see it, they are most likely just going to thank you for your time and walk away… to go see other properties instead. The same way you present yourself to others, you should aim to present your property in the best light. Showcase its strengths and highlight its features. Remember, you don’t want people to simply think your property is nice; you want them to think it’s so great that they want to live in it themselves!
Keep in mind that the goal of home staging is to make the property appealing to the public (i.e. not you). With this point in mind, here are some home staging tips:
If you are selling your house, curb appeal will be extremely important. Clean the curb and path, mow the grass, trim the bushes, clean your windows, and maybe give your front door or walls a fresh coat of paint. Prospective buyers will form their first impressions from the moment they step out of the car and lay their eyes on your house, so don’t forget about the exterior!
This is of utmost importance for selling condos and townhouses. Prospective buyers will be looking for smart floorplans and efficient designs that will maximize the potential amount of space available to them. Some buyers are good judges of areas and size; unfortunately, others may not be able to see past the narrow foyer and cramped living room. Thus, you should look to highlight the amount of space your property can offer, by rearranging furniture to increase open space or storing belongings elsewhere to clear up a room.
The kitchen is always a centre of attention for buyers. Attractive features include high-end stainless-steel appliances, quartz or granite countertops, and custom cabinets. Aim to have a clean and spotless kitchen, and make sure that your major appliances are all in working condition. You could also look into upgrading some aspects of your kitchen to increase its overall appeal.
Touch-ups and details:
Besides the standard cleaning and tidying, you should consider doing some touch-ups and small repairs here and there. Paint over any scuffed walls, get rid of rust or stains on sinks and faucets, deal with leaking taps and loud creaking doors, etc. These are small things, but you don’t want prospective buyers to relate these small flaws and imperfections with your property as a whole!
While the above tips are generally useful, they may not be enough or ideal for every property. My experience and knowledge of both construction and real estate allow me to efficiently identify and handle home improvements that would increase your chances to sell your property (and at a top price!). Contact me at 604-889-8609 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I would be more than happy to discuss your real estate plans with you.