Want to sell your Langley, Surrey or White Rock home? Stage it! Here are some tips…

March 26, 2012 | By

Home staging is a common term one hears when considering selling their home, and in the past few years it has attracted such a demand that it’s become a choice career option. Formerly, home staging was something that only the affluent homeowner would consider, employing a specialist home stager – often hailing from the interior design world – to revamp their home into picture perfection. The results have historically been that, due to its aesthetic appeal, a staged home will sell quickly and often above the asking price.

Today, most homeowners, affluent or otherwise, can afford staging. Whether they have a humble home in Langley, an opulent estate in South Surrey, a waterfront property in White Rock, or an investment home in the general Surrey region – home staging is now a ‘can-do’ option for most.

Keep in mind that, with a knowledgeable Realtor, you don’t need to hire the services of a professional home stager. A good Realtor can tell you which areas in your home to spruce up, and how to do so in a cost-effective manner.

Home Staging – The Basics

Home staging is the process of making your home look as aesthetically pleasing as it possibly. Your objectives are to:

1. Make your home stand out from the rest on the street – inside and out, resulting in…

2. Selling your home faster, and…

3. Selling your home for the best possible price.

So what are the little things that all homeowners can do to ‘stage’ their home?

Home Staging – The Details

Make sure your home is spotless. When a potential buyer comes in, they want to imagine your home as their own. They don’t want to have to mentally sift through the clutter and dirty countertops. Thoroughly clean the kitchen and bathroom as these are the two places that have the most “ick-factor”.

De-clutter your home. This may mean boxing up items that you don’t use on a day to day basis. If you’re using a bedroom for storage or as an office, a buyer cannot envision that as a bedroom. Reinstate it as such so that it’s clear in the buyer’s mind that they will be buying a four bedroom home as opposed to a three bedroom one.

Consider buying new bedding so that your bedrooms look as fresh and modern as possible. The master bedroom is priority, but the other rooms are important also. Bedding is an investment both for the home you are selling, as well as being a take-away to your new home.

If your faucets and/or kitchen hardware is looking tired and worn out, consider replacing them. You may be surprised at how inexpensive new faucets can be, and replacing the hardware (i.e. the handles) on your kitchen cupboards can really help to modernise the entire look of your cabinetry.

When cleaning your home remember the flooring. If carpets need cleaning rent a carpet cleaner, or if the carpet is looking really tired and worn you should consider replacing it altogether. Hardwood sells – this is an undeniable fact.

Don’t neglect the outside of your home. First impressions really do count when it comes to selling your home, and if the outside looks untidy or looks as though it needs work, this can put buyers off before they’ve even entered your home.

Home Staging – The Finishing’s

New bedding might freshen things up, but for the ultimate in home staging you could consider renovations on a larger scale.

A new bathroom will really help to sell your home and will likely get you a higher sale price too. The same can be said for the kitchen.

Other renovations you could consider include – building a new deck, or finishing your basement. Basement suites sell – another fact.

The little things will help potential homebuyers to see themselves in your home. The big things will help the homebuyers see themselves relaxed in your home, knowing that little to no work will need to be done once they move in.

Keep in mind – with the Home Renovation Tax Credit you can apply for a tax credit on a lot of big things you do, making these expenses more affordable, attainable and approachable.

Home Staging – The Results

Last but certainly not least – fresh flowers. This tiny, but meaningful $25 investment will freshen up your home, and appeal to the female decision makers sniffing out the housing market to find the perfect buy (another established fact).

For further advice on home staging please give me a call or send me an email. I’m more than happy to offer help and advice, and look forward to meeting your home buying needs!


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About the Author (Author Profile)

Andrew is a West Coast enthusiast through and through. He is a native of the area that you will often find adventuring on one of the many sea to sky activities that abound in the Fraser Valley. Along with being in love with the place he calls home, Andrew is a well known and respected Realtor focusing on helping others to find their own perfect home in Langley, Surrey, White Rock and beyond! Visit www.yourperfecthomebc.ca to find your perfect home.

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