You know that your Mississauga, Oakville or Toronto home, condo or townhouse has good "bones" and you place your property on the market hoping for the right buyer. But if buyers cannot see your home's potential, you will not sell your home quickly and at your best price. Time and again, possible buyers cannot get past clutter, personal memorabilia and mismatched furniture placement.
Many programs on tv promote showing your home well to sell quicker. You can perform some easy fixes or, hire a home stager to get your property in its best shape to sell.
Do-it-Yourself Tricks to Home Staging include:
- wash or paint walls and clean carpets
- ensure appliances are gleaming
- place a made bed in each bedroom (think hotel chic)
- remove half of the clothes in each closet
- edit room furniture to show the space
- remove all traces of personal pictures and knick knacks
- cut the grass and plant/pot flowers in the front yard for a nice welcome
- ensure the garage is neat and tidy
Ask family or friends to lend you storage for your extra furniture and personal items or consider renting a storage locker for a month or two. A sparkling home is so inviting and will help you sell!
What to Expect from a Professional Home Stager:
- The first step is a CONSULTATION, where you and the stager will discuss your home, its location and who your home appeals to most (eg. empty nesters that are downsizing, 1st-time buyers, families, etc.)
- Next, the stager will EVALUATE the home to document its condition and will make suggestions, including a colour palate, using proven staging methods. (This will take approximately 2 hours for an 1800 sq ft home.)
- A PROPOSAL would follow, which would detail the work suggestions, timing and cost.
- If any repairs are required, the stager can also perform this WORK and would use trusted tradespeople to ensure excellent completion.
- Once the home is in stage-ready condition, the last step is to SHOWCASE your home as a model house! The professional stager would move furniture and may bring in additional items to create a magazine perfect look in each room. This safeguards the equity you have built in the home.
You have complete control over the process and the professtional stager should guarantee your confidentiality. When searching for a professional stager, it pays to compare. Look for training and committment to continuing education, professionalism, expertise, communication skills, tools and process, and fees and service. Stagers bill a fee for service that is generally an hourly rate (at approximately 1 hour per room.)
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