The first impression your home makes to a buyer; it sets the tone for the whole viewing of the house. To, in addition to decluttering, depersonalizing and feng shui-ing your home—you also need to ensure that it has great ‘curb appeal’.
Your home’s ‘curb appeal’ will set the tone for every showing your home gets. If people are thrown off by their first impression and the exterior of your home, then their opinions could be tainted the entire viewing, and your home won’t stand a chance. Improve your odds and boost your home final sale value by following these curb appeal-improving tips:
- Avoid potential buyers saying “this needs to be fixed” or “that needs upgrading” by making minor repairs.
- Nitpicking starts at the front of the house so do a walk-by before every showing.
- Make little efforts with easy-to-do things like cutting the grass, picking up trash, shovelling snow, salting, weeding and trimming gardens and lawns, touching up paint, trimming hedges, ensuring your front door is clean and freshly painted, wash the windows, etc.
- Ensure there is no clutter anywhere, especially at the front door.
- Create a welcoming and inviting appearance by using welcome mats, flower boxes, etc.
- Make sure your home is well-lit at night.
- Keep your walkway in good repair.
- Use handrails or salted stairs in winter (to avoid lawsuits too).
- Keep your garage door in good condition, paint it if needed. Replace the door if it is dented.
- Neighbours can impact on your curb appeal, so ask them to clean it up
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Real Estate Staging
Real Estate staging is a first impression at it impacts the quality of the pictures taken of your home; if your pictures aren’t intriguing nobody will want to come see the real Mccoy.
To help ensure that you get top-dollar for your home I’ve put together these 17 helpful tips to stage your home like a pro:
- You must declutter your home
- Also you need to depersonalize your home
- The goal is to make a room look as functional, spacious and large as possible—without too many points that draw your eye. Busy rooms look overwhelming
Real Estate Staging
- Neutral colors, tones and patterns and just a few accent features or colours
- Get rid of nicknacks
- Design a lighting concept. Warm lighting that is welcoming (no blue light bulbs). Warm but bright lighting
- Clear pathways and sight lines. Your pathway, ideally, should be large enough for 3 or 4 people to walk through a room a t a time without bumping into anything
- Colour schemes need to coordinate room-to-room if you can see multiple rooms from one view point
- Scents: scents are important to your home as a bad smell like pets or cooking odours can turn a person off when buying a house but overcompensating by putting offensive odours or air fresheners in every room isn’t the solution either. Ideally put a cinnamon stick in water. Especially in a kitchen, as it gives the home a ‘warm apple pie scent’
- Kitchens need to be spotlessly clean. Especially the oven and appliances. Clear all clutter from the counters. Pack away all small appliances (microwaves, tea kettles, toaster ovens, etc.). No dirty dishes or tea towels (use brand new tea towels for display and hide the ones you actually use).
- Bedrooms must be appealing to look at. A ‘calming’ look is ideal. Closets need to be spacious and organized to give the appearance of ample storage (if you have tons of stuff pack it away). Remove all posters in teenagers’ rooms—especially any that might be offensive. Patterned bedspreads don’t show well in photographs.
- Bathrooms: clean, clean clean! No leaky faucets. Again, use fluffy new towels for show.
- Basements: basement stairs must be clear of all objects, no brooms hanging, no dog food, NOTHING on the stairs. IF the stairs are wood they should be freshly painted. If the basement is unfinished the floor should be freshly painted. IF you’re packing boxes to move and putting them in the basement do not put cardboard boxes on the concrete floor, raise them up so that air flows otherwise you will get a damp and musky smell in the basement (don’t put them against the wall either).
- Garages: make sure people can enter and see in the garage. Clutter in the garage is better than in the house but people like the idea of having storage in the garage and/or being able to fit a car in there. If needed rent a storage unit temporarily to store your ‘stuff’.
- Divorcing couples: if the home is in a husband and wife’s name, and one spouse is living in the home and the other isn’t, it is a good idea to stage the home as if cohabitation was happening so that both buyers can envision themselves living there. Also, they could use the divorce factor against you to negotiate a lower price.
- If your house is vacant or almost vacant, you will need to rent or borrow furniture and artwork to make the home reasonably lived in. Buyers can’t imagine how a room would look without furniture in it (and rooms look much bigger with furniture in it!).
- If your house is vacant, ask me about virtual staging!
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