Top 5 Tips On How To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

Well I can say from personal experience that selling your home is one of the most stressful things you will ever do! I have picked all the hard things this year as I am also planning my wedding in September and trying to buy a new home. I like to do all the hard things at once. I’m a professional stager and I have spent the last 5 years telling clients what to do to get their homes to get them ready for sale. I can say it feels pretty stressful being on the other end of things.  I have a new appreciation for homeowners and what they need to do to show there homes in the best possible light. Here are my top 5 suggestions for having your home sell fast.

  1. Clean, Clean, Clean. There is nothing worse then going to view a home and finding it dirty and disorganized. It’s very hard for potential buyers to see past the grime and clutter. You only get one first impression with the potential buyer and you want to make it a good one! I am a fairly clean and tidy person, but I had a professional cleaner come in and do a very thorough deep clean the day before the open house so my home was in tip top shape.
  2. Declutter. When you have lived in a home for many years you tend to collect a lot of stuff. Buyers do not need to see all of your stuff! I always tell clients to edit their personal items when they are listing their home. Tiny knick knacks from trips or sentimental gifts do not show well and should be put away when you are selling your home. A few key decor items is all you need out when buyers are coming through your home.
  3. Depersonalize. Having your family photos all over the home makes it hard for potential buyers to imagine their families living in your space. Editing your home of anything personal including family calendars on fridges and teen posters in bedrooms is always a good idea.
  4. Neutralize your home. We don’t all share the same taste, so any crazy decor items like leopard print rugs or zebra pillows can probably go into storage until your home sells. Creating a space that is inviting to almost any buyer is key. Complimentary pops of colour in your home will show well in listing photos. Using colour in throw pillows and decor accents is a good idea as long as the rest of the home is a neutral palate. Painting can go along way, if you have purple or red walls, that is a turn off for many buyers. So spend the time and a bit of money so your home is move in ready.  Choose light paint colours when getting your home ready to sell.
  5. Staging. Even this professional stager needed to stage my own home! Yes I probably live a little different than the average person as I am very into decorating and living in a stylish home, but I still asked one of my colleges to come over with a fresh pair of eyes and tell me if I need to move or edit anything and I did! She got me to move a few things around so my place would look better in photos. We currently have my hubby working from home and his home office is in the dining room. I knew we had to turn the space back into its designated purpose to show buyers that our condo could have an eating area. So we took apart his desk and brought in a dining table and chairs so that we could show our home in the best possible light. Hiring a stager if only to tweak a few things is definitely worth it.

We sold our condo in one week with only one weekend of open houses. So the proof is in the pudding! Do the work and you will see great results. It’s very stressful keeping your home clean and clutter free, I know now first hand. So doing the work before selling makes the process easier and less stressful as you will most likely sell your home faster and for more money. Good luck, the next hard step for me is finding our new home…..I will keep you posted when we find one. 😉

Home office, before staging.

After staging.

By | Feb 15th, 2020|Decor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home Staging

 

What is home staging?! 10 years ago I think a lot of people would have no clue what a “home stager” does. Today when I tell people my job is to stage homes, I think 80% of people have heard of a stager, but they’re not entirely sure of what we do. I thought it might be cool to share a little bit more about what I do since I love my job so much. Basically a home stager helps their clients prepare their home to be sale ready. The goal of staging is to make your home appealing to the highest number of potential buyer’s; it is a fact that staged homes typically sell faster and for more money.

Most people could benefit from a home staging consultation at the very least. When we go into a clients home for the first time we basically go room by room and give the homeowner homework to do to get their place in tip top shape for sale. If the homeowner has great decor and taste they don’t need to go any further than the consultation. If their place could use some “fluffing’” up we come back with rentals such as art, throw pillows, lamps and accessories. Typically a home stager would come back the day the photos would be taken for the listing and arrange all the rentals to make the clients home look its best, kind of like a show home. People love seeing the “before” and “after” home makeover and that’s why shows on HGTV like love it or list it and flip or flop are so popular. As easy as it may seem on TV, its harder then it looks. It’s one thing to see a home makeover show on TV and is whole other beast to try to do it yourself on your own home.

The main difference between decorating your home and staging your home is that decorating is how you would like your home to look to suit your personal taste. The end goal of staging is to make your house more neutral and appealing to a wide variety of buyers. You may love leopard print pillows in every room and pink walls but that is not what the typical buyer wants to see when they come to your open house. Stagers gently nudge clients to tuck away special decor and treasures for when they move and leave a more neutral space for potential clients. It’s a fact that most buyers have no imagination and they need to be shown how to arrange furniture to maximize a small space or to turn rooms back into their intended purpose. Here are my top 5 tips for getting your home ready for sale.

 1. Clean your house from top to bottom! Buyers do not want to think about having to clean once they move in. Nothing will turn off a buyer more then seeing dirty windows and moldy grout in your bathroom. Take the time to deep clean your house before it hits the market, or better yet, hire a professional cleaner.2

2. Declutter your home. It’s hard to see a space for what is it if it’s full of clutter. Before your home hits the market, take a few days to get rid of stuff you don’t need and want. Then pack up extra treasures that are overcrowding your bookshelf or room so the space feels light and fresh.

3.  Lighting makes a big difference. If you have a light bulb out, replace it. All rooms should have good lighting. If they don’t have a large window, make sure there is overhead lighting and lamps to make the room feel inviting and cozy.

4. Painting goes a long way. If your home is fairly new, you probably don’t need to repaint. If your home is over 10 years old, you should probably consider re-painting the most used rooms. A fresh coat of paint can make a HUGE impact on a home. If the walls are dark, lighten them up. Make all the rooms on the main floor the same color. The top 2 paint collars right now are light grey and off white.

5. Refresh your home. Not everyone has the budget to go out and buy new decor, but simple things like new white fresh towels in your bathroom and new crisp white sheets in your bedroom can make your home feel clean and fresh and will make your MLS photos look much better.

There are definitely more then 5 things to do to get your home ready for sale, including re-arranging furniture, replacing flooring, power washing your house & deck to name a few. I think it’s well worth the money to have a professional stager come and give you a list of things you should do to get your place ready for sale. Some of you are design inclined and you might be able to get your home “sale” ready on your own, but the majority of people need a fresh set of eyes to see your home from a buyers perspective. I like to call real estate shopping online a little like online dating, you only have one chance to make a good first impression! That’s why staging your home is so important.

xx Malika

Here are some Before and After photos of an occupied home I staged last week.

Before – Storage

After – Office

 

Bedroom – Before

Bedroom – After

Living Room – Before

Living Room- After

Note: The before photos are not great as they were taken on my iPhone at night. The after photos are taken by the talented professional photographer Stacy Thomas. 🙂

By | Jan 25th, 2017|Decor|0 Comments