Check out this 5 Part Series of Home Staging Tips written for the National Post by PRES®.

Part 3 – Five Quick Tips to Sell Your Home

If you have decided to put your home on the market with little time to spare, here’s what you need to do.

1. Find a reputable realtor who has successfully sold similar homes in your neighbourhood. If you are selling the property yourself make sure you have a good marketing plan that gets potential buyers into your home. Putting photos up on the internet is only one of the things that needs to be done.

2. Hire a home stager, who should start you off with a written Recommendation Report so you can focus on priority tasks. A home stager can show you how to save time, money and energy in your preparation. If you want to do this yourself, check out the eBook DIY Getting Ready for an Open House in 10 Easy Steps.

3. Focus on getting your most important rooms looking clutter-free and inviting.Bathrooms and kitchens need to be spotless and sparse. Make sure the function of each room is obvious and appropriate. If you’ve been using your dining room as an office, it must go back to looking like a dining room — which means a proper dining table, chairs, art and accessories.

4. As the majority of people like to move into a home that doesn’t need a lot of work,focus on these key areas:neutral paint colour, new flooring, updated light fixtures and updated window coverings. You need to de-clutter, de-personalize and start packing. Just doing these things will make your home look more spacious and inviting.

5. Once your home is staged, you will be living more minimally than usual. If you stay focused on the result you want – a quick and handsome sale of your home, living with less won’t be a hardship.Your home must look immaculate for every single showing. Be prepared at all times for an unscheduled showing that just might bring the buyer you have been waiting for.

Emotions are a part of every home sale.Some people will feel great, while others may not. Regardless of the emotions, you must be objective and focused on the result you want. The more detached you are to your home, the faster the property will sell. Keep this in mind.

Colleen McClure
Colleen McClure Administrator & Proud owner of PRES Staging® - Expert Home Stager. When I was very young I began drawing interiors, it just came naturally. When I work with a client now, I see the finished project completed in my minds-eye as they explain how they would love to see their space created. I am able to provide sketches on the spot of their vision so this invokes client confidence and excitement for the project from the inception through to the brilliant manifestation – How Fun! When the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements, other passions led me to full-time work as a career counsellor. I very much enjoyed assisting people one-on-one to discover their own talents but this was an arena where I would develop effective techniques in workshop design and group facilitation as well. This would lead to a ‘happy marriage’ as I would apply these skills and passions when I purchased PRES Staging® - The Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. It’s truly the greatest joy to inspire others to discover and hone their innate talents – To witness their emerging confidence while coaching them on design principals and providing them the tools to start and run their own Home Décor businesses for Redesign and Staging. If you’ve ever thought you might enjoy this line of work, or even to do it for yourself and friends, get in touch – Let’s chat!