Selling your home can be quite an arduous process for more than one reason: first, just making a decision to do sell can be daunting for a lot of people, and then there are other tasks such as finding the perfect real estate specialist and of course, staging your home for potential visitors and buyers. So, for that reason, here are some helpful tips that will help you stage your home and sell it much faster.
First rule: declutter your space
Having a home full of old stuff isn't the best ad out there for prospective buyers because they all want to visualize the home for themselves and having a bunch of things isn't the best way to do that. Therefore, if you've been meaning to get rid of things you don't need, then putting your home on the market is a great opportunity to finally do it. Besides, keeping your home clean of all clutter will make it more lit which will be appreciated both by your real estate agent and potential buyers.
Perform a room-by-room light audit
This might seem strange and pointless at first, but it's quite useful because then you'll be able to see the space from the buyer's perspective. So, opening all the windows to let the natural light in is a great way to start. After that, use your camera to check the potential spaces that need more light, and also, keep in mind that you'll probably show your home at different times of day (mornings and early evenings are often popular) so make sure to perform a light audit a few times a day, so you'll be able to get a clear picture of what's missing.
If there’s not enough natural light, then get some extra aids
Some homes are built in a way that doesn't leave room for a lot of light to get in through the windows. In that situation, it's important to be resourceful and find a way to keep your home well-lit. For example, rearranging your furniture and removing the heavy curtains will drastically improve the visibility, while installing brass decorative wall sconces will keep your space illuminated even during the night and gloomy days. That way you won't have to worry about the lights, while your space will look more sophisticated and well-put.
Repaint the walls for more light
Wall colour can make all the difference regarding the appearance of your home, so if you're planning to beautify your home for staging purposes, then make sure to repaint the walls first. You don't need to opt for expensive paint, just make sure that your walls are clean, as that's the easiest way to reflect the natural light and make your home look good in the process. It's essential to stay away from dark tones and choose neutral, pastel or light ones instead. You don't even need to repaint your whole house, because that requires a lot of effort, but at least, try to paint the kitchen, living room and other spaces that will be viewed the most.
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Be sure to upgrade your light fixtures
Future home-owners love redecorating their new houses, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make an effort to present your home in the best light. As previously mentioned, a lot of home viewings happen during the evening, so upgrading your light fixtures is a logical move. You don't need to change all the hanging lights and lamps, but at least make sure that they're properly clean from dust and other residues. Installing the brightest bulbs (preferable LED ones) will provide your space with enough light, which is important if you want to showcase your space the right way.
Don’t forget about the curb appeal
You might be used to your old driveway, but potential clients will probably pay more attention, so it's crucial to keep your curb lit as well. An exterior that is well-lit and tidy will likely attract more customers, while also keeping burglars at bay. This will make buyers feel safe, especially if other homes nearby are also properly lit to discourage the intruders. Additionally, don't forget to light the walkway to your front door, in order to avoid tripping and potential injuries.
Having enough light will definitely breathe new life into your home, so be sure to take care of these issues before you start accepting interested parties to view your home. Also, keep in mind that decluttering and choosing appropriate furniture can make all the difference, so don't forget to do that so your house will look attractive and tidy at all times.
About the PublisherBo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals. Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market. He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages. He can be reached easily By E-Mail or call/text him Call/Text Here
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