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10 Staging Tips to Help You Sell Your House Like a Pro

2015 April 29
Written by Go Mini’s

A few missed steps in staging your home can cost you a few thousand dollars in the sale price, as your home sits longer on the market.  With a few effective tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to confidently show your home and attract buyers.

Let’s examine how a pro would stage your home with these ten simple tips, from minor repairs to small aesthetic upgrades to storing your clutter.

1.  Depersonalize

Depersonalizing your home involves removing family pictures and any other items such as keepsakes that don’t have a special meaning to homebuyers. You also want to remove any unique decor and paint the walls in each room a neutral color.

2.  Make Minor Repairs

Make minor repairs such as fixing screens, replacing light bulbs, patching small cracks, etc. Staging specialists recommend that you have someone else go through your house to look for small discrepancies you may have missed.

3.  Purchase a Chandelier

One of the main complaints of people looking to buy a new home is lack of adequate lighting.

“People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars,” home staging expert Alyssa Tavazoie of Alyssa Interiors told Canadian Living.

Locate an affordable electrician to install it. Doing so gives you a better chance of making the sale.

4.  Rearrange Furniture  

Try to rearrange furniture in smaller groupings. At least two groupings per room is ideal. This makes the room look bigger and seem more accommodating for larger groups. People who entertain frequently will appreciate this benefit.

5.  Replace Cabinet Pulls

Chances are your cabinet pulls are at least a little out of date. Remedy the problem by purchasing ceramic or brushed stainless steel pulls, which will give your cupboards a more modern look.

6.  Purchase New Visible Linens

This includes items such as chair cushions, comforters, towels and oven mitts. Used ones aren’t inviting and make your home look a bit dingy.

7.  Fix Up the Bathroom

Give the bathroom a fresh look with a new mirror or medicine cabinet and light fixtures. You may also want to replace towel bars and the toilet paper holder.

8.  Fix Up the Master Bedroom

If your bedside tables or dresser is cluttered, un-clutter them. Purchase matching lamps and a few colourful throw pillows to brighten up the room.

9.  Bake Cookies

Many successful realtors recommend that you bake something right before someone is scheduled to tour your home. Buy frozen cookie dough and pop a few in the oven. The house will smell heavenly.

10.  Make Exterior Improvements

Keep your lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed. Wash the windows and weed the flowerbed. Consider purchasing a new front door, if yours has seen better days. The same holds true for your garage door, if applicable.

All of these tips are meant to make your home look appealing to the widest range of potential homebuyers possible. Everyone has different tastes. You need to make it easy for the people who tour your home to envision themselves living there.

Bonus Tip:  Store Your Clutter in a Container

Having difficulty finding a place to hide all your clutter?  The messier your home is, the less a prospective buyer will be able to envision living there.  But where are you supposed to temporarily store all of your things?  Especially if you’re in the midst of organizing to move, your home will present the opposite of clean and open.

The best solution is to store your items in a mobile container, which can either be stored on your property, or at the supplier’s secure storage facility.  At Go Mini’s, we help families keep their items safe and protected in vented, galvanized steel exterior containers, which allows the family the ability to show their home in all its glory, uncluttered and inviting.
Learn more about our containers and the process, and either get a quote or book now, and get your house looking its best for buyers!

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