A good Realtor will counsel their client on staging their home to show well. Most potential buyers form an opinion about a property within one minute of viewing it. Staging a home is done to ensure their first impression is a great one.
That first impression begins to form when a buyer pulls up to the house. Curb appeal will entice customers to want to ask for a showing. Alternatively, an unkept yard and unappealing home exterior may deter buyers from wanting to look inside. When staging, start with the outside. Clear walkways and eliminate items from the yard that make it appear cluttered such as toys or old lawn furniture.
Speaking of clutter, this should be your first priority when staging your interior. De-cluttering makes rooms appear large and spacious. Pack away or get rid of unnecessary knickknacks, and simplify your décor. Remember, you want buyers to look at the house, not the way it's decorated. "Less is best" applies to every room in the house. Eliminating clutter allows potential buyers to see how they would use the space and how well it accommodates their needs.
Once your home is free of clutter, you can easily tackle your next step -- deep cleaning. Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens. Keep in mind that many appliances stay with the home, so be sure they are spotless inside and out. Do extra cleaning on areas where pets spend the most time. Keep pets out of the house when buyers are viewing, and be sensitive to pet smell in the house.
Lighting can make or break a showing. Change light bulbs and make sure all lights are in working order. Check that windows are not blocked with furniture or heavy curtains. One of the first positive comments from buyers is often "this house has great light". It is standard practice for real estate agents to turn on all of the lights and open the curtains before showing a house.
Staging can make a significant difference in market time and the price buyers are willing to pay. Your real estate agent knows what buyers look for in a home, and they know what it takes to prepare a house for showings. Utilize their experience and guidance to stage your home!
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Linda James is a top-producing realtor at RE/MAX Mountain View with over 14 years of experience, and is a member of RE/MAX's Hall of Fame and Platinum clubs, and CREB's Million Dollar Club. Having lived in Calgary all her life, she has in-depth local knowledge. She also has a strong background in construction and business analysis, which she uses to help her clients find the best price points, and links to reliable financiers, real estate lawyers, home inspectors and appraisers. Linda zooms in on her clients' needs and uses her knowledge and network to get them the best deal fast.