Putting your house on the market can be an exciting process. You own a desirable property, you’re in the best neighbourhood, and you know you can get your asking price. Then, a few weeks or months go by with no offers. What’s happening? There’s a strong possibility that your home isn’t properly prepared for viewings. This problem is common for sellers who are still living in their homes while they’re trying to sell or if their properties are filled with renters. Thankfully, there are things you can do to the home to attract future buyers. The experts at Merenda Real Estate Group know real estate in Toronto, and we know how to sell a home! Here’s our list of staging tips that every seller should know.
Start with Curb Appeal
The outside of the home is the very first thing buyers will see. It makes sense to put curb appeal at the top of your priority list. When buyers have a number of homes to see in a day, some won’t even enter a home if the exterior looks messy and unwelcoming. Make sure the lawn is well-manicured; the sidewalks and pathways are cleared; and add a few extras, such as potted flowers and a welcome mat. You want to make it feel like a home, not an abandoned property.
Next, you want to make sure that the home is sparkling clean and free of clutter. Countertops should be cleared, and rugs and floors should be cleaned. Most importantly, you should remove all things that are personal to you. Pictures of family vacations, medications in bathrooms, children’s toys, and even workout equipment should be removed from the home. Many real estate agents will suggest renting a storage unit or moving personal items to a garage. While it may seem like a hassle now, it’ll be well worth it when you get your asking price! The point is to allow the buyer to see what their life will look like in the home, so your aim is to create a blank slate.
Yes, prospective buyers will look in your closets! They’ll open anything that can be opened. Cupboards, drawers, pantries, closets—it really doesn’t matter what it is. Storage space is a big deal for a lot of prospective homebuyers, and they want to know that all their stuff can fit into the home. You want to make sure that all these spaces are cleaned and well-organized.
Prepare the Home for the Season
If it’s winter, make sure the home is staged for cold weather. Highlight the fireplace, cozy rooms, and foyers, and showcase available space for jackets and boots. If it’s spring, showcase the garden area and place lounge chairs on the patio. You want the buyer to be able to visualize the lifestyle they’ll have in your home.
Your real estate agent can help you emphasize all the different ways you can make your home appealing, no matter what time of year it is. For more great tips like this, contact Merenda Real Estate Group today and we’ll help you sell your home fast! Call us at (416) 240-7653 (SOLD).