Do’s & Don’ts of Staging Your Home
Whether you view home staging as an absolute must, a necessary inconvenience or a triviality for those short on imagination, it’s increasingly clear that prettying up a place is becoming an entrenched part of today’s real estate deal.
Homeowners are commonly told to remove wallpaper, paint walls neutral shades and carpet or fix damaged floors. But some houses need much less and can do with a bowl of green apples, a vase of fresh flowers and a vanilla-scented candle.
So let’s look at what to do when staging your home:
Get rid of the clutter and de-personalize.Your collection of owls may not be telling the potential house buyer what a wise old bird you are. So it’s best to pack up your books, refrigerator magnets, the kids’ art work and family photos. The reason it’s important to strip your home of your unique personality is because it prevents a potential buyer from seeing his or her things in the new house.
Reduce or remove strong cultural and religious references in the home. A Buddhist shrine in your living room or a wall covered in Miley Cyrus posters is fine but not when you’re trying to sell your home. Again you need to de-personalize your space so rein in or tone down those areas in which you’ve placed your own personal stamp.
Less is more. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is overdoing their decorating. If-a-wreath-is-good-one-one-door-it’s-good-on-all thinking is not where it’s at in today’s home interiors. Keep in mind that less really is more. Ambient lighting and room confusion. Create a mood with lighting and don’t put your elliptical trainer in the bedroom. If your dining room needs a table, borrow one or pull one in from outside and throw a table cloth on it.
Appeal to five senses. Aside from visual appeal, the home should also smell good, sound good, feel good and even taste good. Start by playing soft classical music, make the home feel comfortable by cleaning up any crumbs or kitty litter that might come into contact with people’s feet and keep the home’s temperature at a comfortable rate. As for taste, why not think of leaving a dish of candies on a table in the vestibule.
The Golfi Team offers sellers the services of a home stager. Generally, though, the charge for a home stager begins at $150 and can go up from there depending on your needs.
Rob Golfi of The Golfi Team is a Sales Representative with Remax Escarpment Realty Inc, your real estate expert servicing the Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas. You can contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org