Home staging in Edmonton requires a few steps, and one of the most critical steps is decluttering your home. Decluttering is a powerful tool for making your home more attractive to potential buyers. When a buyer walks into a home, they want to be able to picture themselves living there, and clutter can make that difficult. By removing personal items and clutter, minimizing your furniture, cleaning and organizing, you make your home more appealing, increasing your chances of a quick sale. Realty Unleashed offers free home staging in Edmonton and Calgary, but if you’re not located in either of these cities, we’ve still got you covered with some tips on decluttering your house to make it more attractive to buyers!
Remove personal items.
Although family photos and personal memorabilia add character to your home, these things can make it challenging for buyers to imagine themselves living there. Part of home staging in Edmonton means removing these things from your home, helping to create a blank canvas for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space. Any house has personal items and individual touches; they are how you make your house a home. We all have it: family photos along the staircase; a wedding invitation on the fridge; a painting on the wall from a loved one; or a drawing the kids made at school. For the listing period, though, consider removing these things and keeping any decor neutral, minimal, and impartial, creating a relaxing and unbiased environment for buyers.
Get rid of excess furniture.
The idea that an empty room looks bigger than it would with furniture is not true; however, too much furniture can make a room feel cramped and cluttered, which is why staging with purpose is vital. Consider removing any furniture that isn’t necessary or that takes away from the room itself. Rearrange the remaining pieces to make the room feel more spacious. For example, if you are preparing to stage your living area, the only furniture that needs to be left in the room is a couch, an armchair and a coffee table. Purposeful additions to a living room would be a rug for texture, a lamp for extra lighting, a plant for colour, and a photo on the wall to fill space. Less is more is the way to go; you don’t need to empty the room, but you also don’t need to fill it to the brim.
Organize and tidy the closets.
When buyers view your home, they will look in your closets; the idea that people can use closets for storage is incredibly appealing, so you want to ensure they look organized and spacious. Winter in Edmonton is cold and harsh. We all have a front closet full of winter jackets, snow boots, mittens, and toques. Keep everything in your front closet hung up nicely for your listing period, and don’t overstuff it with winter gear. When it comes to bedroom closets, consider investing in closet organizers to maximize space and keep your clothes looking neat and tidy. Home staging in Edmonton requires you to organize all of your home, even the areas tucked behind closet doors.
Be prepared to deep clean.
When selling your home, it’s essential to ensure it’s clean and presentable for potential buyers. A clean home is more attractive to potential buyers, and a clean home is evident from the listing photos (the way your home presents itself on REALTOR.ca is critical to in-person viewings, read more about why here), so you should deep clean your home before even listing it; this includes dusting, mopping, and scrubbing all surfaces. Here is where you should focus your attention when you are about to clean your home:
- Dust surfaces and vacuum rugs/carpets
- Clean windows and mirrors
- Deep clean bathrooms
- Clean the kitchen
- Mop the floors, especially in high-traffic areas
- Remember to clean small details such as light switches, door handles, and baseboards.
Realty Unleashed offers free home staging in Edmonton and Calgary!
Realty Unleashed offers free home staging in Edmonton and Calgary. If it sounds too good to be true, you can rest assured that no strings are attached, and there are no hidden fees. Our free home staging service and all of our services are included in our brokerage fee of 7% of the first $100,000 and 3% of the remaining balance of the sale price. Half of this fee is offered to the agent’s brokerage representing the buyer. We believe in home staging because we have seen it work repeatedly. If you are ready to sell your home and are looking for an Edmonton REALTOR®, please reach out to us below; we would love to help you sell your home!