Home staging is one of the most important parts of selling your home. Having your home staged before listing it will attract many more buyers, which means more offers! While there are many professional home staging services in the city, these services can be costly (fun fact: Realty Unleashed stages your house for free when you list your property with us!). If that is not something you want to invest your money in, you are more than capable of staging your house on your own. We’re here to give you 3 of our best Edmonton home staging tips and tricks to make your home put its best foot forward!
De-clutter and depersonalize.
De-cluttering will be one of the main elements of the home staging process, plus you will have to do it anyway if you are planning to move. By de-cluttering and depersonalizing, you permit the house to speak for itself. Take down family pictures or any hyper-personal decor; buyers want to walk into a home they can see themselves living in. If you have photos of your family running along your staircase, it makes it hard to picture their family living there! Less truly is more when it comes to home staging. Get rid of clutter and utilize only what is necessary. Use furniture that makes sense: The dining room should have a dining room table. The living room should have a couch and a coffee table. Keep the walls uncomplicated and keep the counters free of mess. You only need the necessities when staging a home, so don’t concern yourself with over-decorating. Keep it basic!
Your curb appeal matters
When buyers walk into a home, they generally know if they like it or not within the first 5 minutes. The outside is a good indicator of the inside, meaning that curb appeal matters. Sometimes, people will drive by a property before they do an in-person viewing. They can expect what the interior will look like by seeing the outside. Most people just don’t have the time to keep up with daily yard maintenance, but while your home is listed, try to keep up as much as possible!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when considering curb appeal:
- How does my roof look? Are the shingles intact?
- Does my lawn need to be mowed?
- Do my walks need to be shovelled?
- Are my light fixtures outdated?
- Should I re-paint my front door?
- Are there overgrown plants or shrubs that take away from the attractiveness of my home?
Stage your kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most beloved places in a home. It tends to be the room where everyone gathers, whether family or friends. People prioritize the kitchen when they view a house. Start by deep-cleaning, because we all know how good a clean kitchen feels! Buyers open cupboards and look underneath the sink; make sure you’re cleaning everywhere! If you’re looking for some rock-solid cleaning tips, check out Go Clean Co. Our specially trained curb appeal crew has used many of Go Clean Co’s easy and accessible cleaning practices. You can place a few things on the counters to make your space look inviting and friendly. For example, think about putting a tea kettle on the stove, a few cookbooks on the counter, and a vase with fresh flowers on your dining table. If you have open shelves in your kitchen, decorate them with a few plates and simple decor pieces.
Realty Unleashed stages your home for free
Realty Unleashed offers free home staging in Calgary and Edmonton. Yes, you heard that correctly – it is entirely complimentary with no catch. When you list your house with us, we stage it, clean it, and handle any donation and eco-station runs. We also take care of lawn mowing or shovelling, depending on the season! We provide these services because we believe in providing our clients with the best service possible. It’s important to our team that our clients feel served and cared for when they work with any of our REALTORS®. Feel free to reach out to us if you are considering listing your home; we’d love to help you on the journey.