Staging Your Home to Sell

Potential buyers are looking for clean and well-maintained homes. These tips will help you stage your home for sale in order to generate the most interest possible from those looking to buy a home in your area.

1. De-clutter

There's never a better time to start packing for your move than now. Remove items from closets, keep only seasonal appropriate clothing and pack and store expensive and sentimental items that can be easily removed from the home. Sentimental items and family photos may mean a lot to you, but they don't have any significance to potential buyers and will take focus away from the home you're trying to showcase. You want them to envision their family in the home, not yours.

2. Clean

Break out the mop and cleaning supplies. No one likes to walk into a dirty house - especially potential buyers. As you're getting ready to list your home, spend a half hour each day cleaning and organizing. Break the cleaning down into smaller, more manageable, sessions so you don't feel so overwhelmed. Depending on the size of your house, start the cleaning process at least two weeks before actively listing your house is advisable. After that, cleaning is quickly maintained on a regular basis.

3. Paint

Painting is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to spruce up and modernize a home to show well to any potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint using a modern neutral colour will make a huge difference and can brighten up a room as well as hide scuffs and general wear and tear marks.

4. Lighting

Lighting is another cheap and easy way to make your home look more modern and show better to potential buyers. New light fixtures will help brighten rooms and make people feel welcome and comfortable inside your home. There's no need to break the bank, something clean and modest will show well. If you don't wish to purchase new lighting, at the very least clean the covers and bulbs on your current light fixtures.

5. Remove the curtains

Though we may not notice it, curtains collect dust and darken a room. Wash the curtains or blinds or remove them all together as windows are a focal point of a room and our eyes are drawn to them. When you are preparing for an open house or a private viewing, open the window coverings to allow the maximum amount of light into the home as possible.

6. Mirrors

Mirrors in your home benefit smaller areas like front entries, hallways and small bedrooms. They create an appearance of the room or area being larger and brighter. Mirrors don't have to be large; however, choose tasteful modern mirrors that not only create an appearance of a large space but are appealing and fit the interior design of the home.

7. Update the bathrooms

There is no need to complete a total renovation of the bathrooms; however, updating a few items will help. A new shower curtain, refinishing the tub and replacing the lining or tiles around the tub will make the bathroom show much better to potential buyers. As well, a new bath mat with matching hand towels can make a big difference in making your home feel a lot more modern. Updating the vanities is not necessary, but can leave a significantly better impression to any potential buyers.

8. Curb appeal

The first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up to your home is the exterior. It is your job to make a great first impression as a buyer will often make a decision before they've even entered your home. Consider updating the house numbers, light fixtures, doorbell and mailbox if they are outdated. Power wash the exterior of your home and be sure to wash the exterior windows as well. Make sure the yard is kept neat with the grass cut, trees trimmed and potted plants and flower beds well maintained. In winter, ensure that your sidewalk and driveway are shovelled any time you have a viewing.

9. Tend the backyard

Replace any boards on your deck or fence that are damage and apply a fresh coat of paint and stain or sealant if it is necessary. Keep the grass cut and put away any kids toys or other items you may have stored in your backyard. There's no need to do anything major like adding a swimming pool or pond, just maintain the existing yard layout you have.

If you are looking to sell a home or have any questions about the process of selling a home in Saskatoon, feel free to contact us any time.

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