Getting your home ready for sale is quite a journey, but one that is well worth the effort! A well-staged home can attract more potential buyers and increase the likelihood of receiving higher offers. When people consider buying Edmonton real estate, their first stop is REALTOR.ca. Here, they will get the first idea of what your house looks like based on the photos alone, meaning you want to ensure the photos show a well-maintained, clean, clutter-free home! At Realty Unleashed, we stage for free. Our listing services include home staging, cleaning, donation centre and eco-station runs, seasonal lawn care, and junk removal. A well-staged home is more likely to sell quickly, as it implores a larger pool of possible buyers and provokes interest from buyers who see the house as move-in ready. It’s vital not to ignore the value of home staging in Edmonton, and this article will help you with the home staging process.
Pack away your belongings.
One of the most important things you can do when staging your home is de-cluttering, meaning removing excess furniture, personal items, and anything that might distract from the space. Keep only the essentials and leave plenty of open space to create a sense of flow and spaciousness. If you live in your home while it’s listed, de-cluttering will look different because you still need to use certain items around the house. You can still de-clutter by removing personal items like family photos or hyper-personal decor; this will let potential buyers visualize themselves in the space and help them see the home’s potential.
Give your home a good clean.
A clean home is a must when staging for sale. A spotless property shows nicely in listing photos, and buyers are much more excited about seeing a clean house than one that could be better kept. Make sure to clean every nook and cranny, including the floors, walls, and ceilings. Dust your ceiling fans, light fixtures, and shelves. Vacuum carpets and rugs, mop your floors and wipe down appliances, especially the stainless steel ones. Clean bathrooms are essential, so scrub the toilet, sink and shower, and wipe down the mirrors.
Neutralize your decor
When it comes to home staging in Edmonton, you have to think about the buyer. The reality is that everyone has different tastes and flairs with how they decorate their homes, but for the listing period, neutralize your decor. It makes it difficult for people to imagine their family living in your home when they see your family photos around the house. Remove those super personal items, and take down portraits or paintings that are too bold or bright. Let the home speak for itself by keeping only what is necessary. Steer away from anything that takes away from a room or space; you want to keep your home looking impartial and impersonal.
Don’t forget about curb appeal.
The exterior of your home, also known as your curb appeal, is the first thing buyers will see, so you want to ensure it’s in good shape. Curb appeal is the overall attractiveness of the outside of your home. Some things to contemplate when you’re looking at the curb appeal of your home, depending on the season:
- 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?
You’ll want to ask yourself these questions before listing your property.
Realty Unleashed stages for free
At Realty Unleashed, we believe in serving our clients every step of the way. Our real estate team, made up of REALTORS® and our Curb Appeal Crew, works to meet our client’s needs through consistent communication, free interior and exterior cleaning, free curb appeal, free home staging in Edmonton and Calgary, and seasonal yard maintenance, to name a few. You can learn more about your listing service here. If you’re looking for an Edmonton real estate company to help you through the buying or selling process, reach out to us below! We’d love to help you sell your home and/or find you a new one!