First impressions are everything when showing your home to prospective buyers, and staging your home for sale is the easiest (and cheapest) was to create a positive first impression. I am sure you can think of a time when you’ve entered someone’s home and immediately felt at ease and comfortable. Alternatively, you can probably relate to an experience of visiting someone’s home and being immediately put-off. Sometimes it’s hard to articulate why your first impression of a home is negative, other times it’s an obviously overwhelming smell, excess clutter or glaring design defects. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, here are 8 Tips for Staging Your Home For Sale.

  1. De-clutter Counter Space

The counter is a very convenient place to store your keys, your mail and endless amounts of cooking utensils and appliances. A cluttered counter is a strong deterrent automatically creating the feeling of disorganization. By simply storing counter items out of sight, you will communicate spaciousness and cleanliness to your prospective buyers.

  1. Lights, Camera, Action!

Lighting is the secret weapon for creating an alluring appeal to any environment. By installing high watt, warm glow lighting you can transform your living space into a space that’s appealing to the eye. Make sure to replace all burnt out light-bulbs and turn on all the lights throughout your home before the showing.

  1. Take Down Personal Effects

Even though you get immense joy from the photos of your kids, relatives and friends, this cannot be said for prospective buyers. Naturally when someone is viewing a potential home they try to imagine themselves living there. If your photos are proudly displayed and personal effects such as trophies, plaques and memorabilia are scattered throughout, this could inadvertently inhibit buyers from envisioning themselves in your home.

  1. Add Some Décor Items

It’s amazing what a splash of colour or texture can do to the show-ability of a home. By strategically placing cushions, throws, or small décor items throughout you can transform a regular room to a cover worthy living space. The investment needn’t be big, just small items that match the natural character of your home can do wonders for first impressions.

  1. Odour Assessment

Viewing a home is a complete sensory experience. The smell of a home may have subtle or blatant effects on buyers. Masking an odour with plug in air freshener is the number one no-no when selling your home. Many people have natural aversions and even allergies to these faux fragrances and they lead to the impression that there’s something to hide. If your home has innate odours from pets, smoke or anything else, a good deep clean including a carpet clean is recommended. Fresh sheets and linens will do wonders, and if weather permits open those windows and doors wide allowing the fresh air to flow through.

  1. Sparkly Clean Windows

Let the outside in! Sparkling clean windows will let the outside light filter in and will give the impression of pristine cleanliness. This tip is especially important if you have an outdoor area such as large yard or entertainment patio that you see being a feature of your home.

  1. Feng Shui Your Furniture

No need to hire a feng shui master, it’s easier than you think to create good energy in your home by simply re-positioning furniture. Make sure that large furniture items in your home allow for a natural flow so buyers can move freely from room to room.

  1. Temperature Gauge

The temperature of your home, although not as obvious as clutter or dirty windows, can have a subliminal effect on buyers. If your house is too cold it can give the impression of emptiness and sterility. If your home is too hot then buyers could feel claustrophobic and fatigued. The ideal temperature for your home is around 20 degrees.

Many of these tips are easy to accomplish on your own. As your Realtor, when listing your property I can walk through your home and make suggestions for simple staging. Alternatively if you wish to have a professional stager prepare your home for sale I can recommend local stagers in the Sea to Sky. Staging can be the most cost effective way to get the maximum price for your home- if you follow these simple tips you are on your way to presenting your home in the best possible light.