An Article From Anita Deonandan : Sales Representative Specializing in Richmond Hill, Ontario
The Value of Home Staging
Working as a real estate agent in Richmond Hill, I often meet with sellers who are in the beginning stages of wanting to sell their home. A common misconception that I’ve observed throughout the years is that sellers don’t realize that a house is not just put up for sale and poof…it sells! There are several steps involved in preparing a house for sale. There is a very well known name/concept for this process also known as Home Staging.
Here are some tips that I pass along to my clients and that I’d like to share with you:
De-cluttering is the process of ridding your house of all of the everyday things that sometimes tend to take over our lives. This could be toys, tools, hair products, and the list goes on and on. The more things you can get out of sight, the larger your house will appear. If you need to rent a storage unit for a couple months until the house is sold, this will serve you better in the long run. When a potential buyer comes through the door, they don’t want to see “stuff”, they want to see the beauty of the house and want to be able to envision themselves living there after you’re no longer there.
Depersonalizing is different than de-cluttering in that it has specifically to do with items in the house that reflect you and your personal tastes. This could be in the form of a myriad of family photos displayed, religious items, political affiliations, or it could be a personal collection that you may have a hobby in (i.e., trophies, tea pots, dolls, etc.). It’s always a good idea to rid your house of these items until the house is sold. You don’t want to detract buyers by offending them when they haven’t even met you.
As a real estate agent in Richmond Hill, I have many memories of all sorts of ways that people live. Paint is a reflection of what people like. I’ve seen it all, from bright red, to black ceilings, to rainbow rooms! However, if you want your house to be sold for maximum value, your best bet is to use neutral colors so that buyers aren’t distracted by a myriad of colors instead of seeing the true beauty of the house. In fact, paint is one of the most affordable ways that you can increase the value of your house. It makes the house look bigger, cleaner and fresh.
Whether you’re a smoker, or have pets, nothing will put off a potential buyer from purchasing your house like an offensive odor will. Sometimes, when I’ve shown houses to potential buyers, once they hit an odor by the front door, they won’t even look at the rest of the house, they’ll just walk right out. There are many great products on the market that can deodorize your house and it takes minimal effort.
Consider landscaping like a beautifully wrapped gift with a piece of gold inside the box. Landscaping is the first impression that potential buyers will get of your house. If you have taken the time to at least trim trees, bushes and display a few flowers, at least this will entice the buyers to want to see the inside of the house. If your landscape is all overgrown, grass uncut, trees growing wild, it will immediately show the buyers that care is not taken of the house.
I hope you can now see that home staging is of great value to you as it will “Set the Stage” for Offers! Offers! Offers! and ultimately a SOLD sign on your lawn.
Real estate sellers in Richmond Hill and elsewhere in the GTA, please call me for more information on how to maximize your profit in hand. I have many more tips to share with you!
Feel free to contact Anita Deonandan at 416.917.6872 or by email at Anita@SearchRealty.ca for any real-estate related questions, or for tips on home staging – She is here to help you throughout the process!