National Post Top 5 Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell Part 1

National Post Top 5 Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell Part 1

May 19, 2011 By Pres Ⓡ Staging Resource Centre

Check out this 4 Part Series of Home Staging Tips written for the National Post by Dana J. Smithers.

Part 1 Top 5 Ways To Stage Your Home to Sell

Are you overwhelmed and stressed just thinking about getting your home ready to list?
In today’s marketplace, most buyers expect a home to be move-in ready. So what does this mean to the average seller? Well, it means you need to spend time, money and energy in getting your home ready to market so it stands out from the competition.
Naturally, the longer you have lived in your home and the more clutter you have accumulated, the longer the process of preparing your property will take. The stress and anxiety build up daily. To help relieve this and get on track for your first showing, follow my Top Five ways to stage your home easily and in time:

1. Determine for yourself, or with a professional home stager, what needs to be done to make your home move-in ready. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because you like the look and feel of your home a potential buyer will, too. You've heard it before — you must be objective. Think of your home as an investment, one that you now want to dispose of. You have to create a neutral look, but one that has a wow-factor, so any potential buyer can imagine their things in your space.

2. Decide where your best return on investment will be. If you only do one home improvement, I recommend painting your home in a neutral color. Take pictures off the wall, remove some furniture, roll up the rugs and do a major decluttering.

3. Make a written plan that includes the tasks that need to be done, who is going to do them and when they are going to be started, and a projected finish date. Post it so everyone sees it and sticks to it. Check off work as it gets done.

4. Prioritize the work so that once one project is finished, you can move logically to the next. The biggest mistake my clients have made is not identifying what needs to be done when. It makes no sense to have the cleaners come in before you have finished painting.

5. Know that you will most likely not get everything done on your plan. Focus on the key tasks of decluttering and depersonalizing. Create the look of lots of space, and remember that in home staging the motto is truly “Less is More.”

Part 2 coming next!