You don’t have to break the bank to have your house looking as
though it was professionally staged. These tips and tricks will have your house
sell-ready and gorgeous before you can say “why hasn’t it always looked this
The first step in getting ready to
sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t
overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed by your home. Counters and
other surfaces should be kept clear and any furniture that isn’t needed stored
away. The good news about this tedious task is packing and purging will make
moving day that much easier.
2) Lights and Mirrors
Warm lighting and well-placed
mirrors can make your home feel bright, inviting and even bigger. Mirrors
placed over fireplaces, and along hallway walls will make rooms appear larger
than they are. Table lamps, and overhead lighting like chandeliers and sconces
will brighten rooms and add some flair to your decor.
3) It’s Nothing Personal
Any personal effects should be
packed away; family photos and mementoes, framed degrees, anything that’s a
link to the current owner. Buyers want to imagine themselves in the house, so
the more the house is a blank slate, the easier that is.
4) But Don’t Touch the Nursery!
Although the nursery and childrens’
rooms should be de-cluttered and tidied as well, personal effects can remain as
they are. There’s something reassuring and touching about seeing a baby’s room
that can mean all the difference to a potential buyer (especially ones that are
starting a family).
Although you love that fuchsia
accent wall, some buyers may not. A fresh coat of bright, neutral paint will
not only enlarge the house and make it feel airy and more spacious, but it will
also help buyers with their vision (there’s that blank slate again).
6) Accents and Colour
To complement the neutral house, a
few well-placed bright pops of colour will bring the decor together. Bright
throw pillows, or a canary yellow kettle on the stove will be noticed as soon
as you enter the room and will stick in buyers minds once they leave. Fresh
flowers are another great idea, and single flower arrangements are most
7) Inviting Scents
Warm inviting scents will help your
house be remembered. Taking the time to bake cookies or mull cider on the stove
may not be in the cards (and the stove and elements should be off for open
houses) but a safely placed candle or air freshener will do the trick.
8) Draw Attention to Selling Features
As a general rule closet doors
should be kept closed, but if there’s a walk-in that should be noticed, a small
note to alert potential buyers is ok.
9) Freshen Your Linens
Now’s the time to use your spare “good” set on beds, and ensure your towels and hand-towels are in tip top shape. And if it’s perhaps time to replace them, think neutral again.
Following these tips will have your
house in tip top selling shape and make it the most appealing to the most
potential buyers faster than you can say “SOLD!”
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