Staging a home can be a finicky process. After all, you only get one chance to make a good first impression! You want potential buyers to have an emotional connection to the home, and leave with a positive feeling. So, what are the best ways to achieve this? And what are the things you should avoid? Here are our top dos and don’ts to follow when staging a home:
DO keep things as neutral as possible. You don’t want to tarnish a potential buyer’s impression of your home with any outrageous or over-the-top home items. Paint any bright or colourful walls a neutral colour to offer potential buyers a blank canvas to look at and hide away any religious or political home accessories.
DON’T feel like you have to perfectly stage every room. Leave out a few personal items and mementoes: Buyers like to see that a home is lived in, to imagine themselves living there too!
DO remove clutter. A cluttered and disorganized space will deter potential buyers and detract from the beautiful features of the home. Make sure all rooms are tidy, organized and free of unnecessary items.
DON’T go overboard on renovations. Some renovations may add value to your property, but others could be a waste of money. Often, buyers prefer to do renovations themselves to their own taste and specification. For more information on which renovations have the best return on investment, read Royal LePage’s latest release: IMPACT Home Improvement ROI
DO think about your home’s curb appeal. The front of the house is the first thing potential buyers will see, so make sure to leave a great first impression! Tidy up the yard, mow the lawn, add some hanging baskets or planters, and repaint the front door if needed.
DON’T go out and buy new furniture. The chances are that the furniture you do have is either too much or too large for the space. Consider removing some of the items you already have and paring down your home accessories. Less is more!
Are you looking to sell your home this year? For assistance in determining the current market value of your home, reach out to the team at Royal LePage Performance Realty for a free home evaluation. Contact us at any of our branch locations to find out more — we look forward to hearing from you!