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Top home staging tips: Part 1

Preparing your home to be as presentable as possible is one of the most important roles you as the homeowner play in your home sale. By following these 15 tips, you can ensure your home sells for the most amount of money in the least amount of time.

If you want your house to look like it's worth every penny of your list price, you need to put your home’s best foot forward. And then some! Here are some of our best, proven, home staging tips:

1. De-personalize

Buyers need to picture themselves in your home, not spend time looking at pictures of you, your kids or your pets. Your photos hurt their illusion. Remove all your personal photos and store them elsewhere.

2. Make sure the house is tip-top

No burnt out lights, cracked windows or missing cupboard knobs. Repair anything that needs it. Bring in a handyman, pay a few bucks – it will pay off tenfold at the end of the day. If you are unable to see what needs to be done yourself – ask for a third party perspective. A Realtor is a great resource. Small inexpensive fixes can make a world of difference to a buyer.

3. Kitchen 

This is the main part of the house that is going to sell the female - and let's face it...the female usually makes the final home buying decision.  And, women love kitchens - nice ones!  Kitchen counters should be clear and clutter-free. Anything you don’t use every day has no right being on the counter – put it away. Store small appliances in cupboards or closets. The more bright and spacious a kitchen looks, the better.

4. Kitchen decor 

Once again, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Countertops are quite reasonably priced – if yours are looking a little worse for wear, it may be time to invest in a little upgrade. Maybe a simple backsplash. A fancy glass mosaic tile does not cost very much if it's a small area, and can be easy to install.

5. Replace cabinet pulls with updated new ones

A nice brushed nickel cabinet pull can make a world of difference to the oldest of cupboards. A nice ceramic is also nice. They aren’t that expensive and you can install them yourself.

 

For our next 5 tips, please consult our next month’s article.



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About the Author

Lisa Salt is a Vernon born Realtor® who, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan.  An international clay target shooting champion, Lisa brought the attributes of hard work and diligent focus to the real estate industry to create the success she and her team have today.  To experience the local knowledge and expertise that only someone born and raised in the Okanagan can offer, call Lisa today and “Just Add Salt”!

Website link:   http://www.saltfowler.com

Contact e-mail address:  [email protected]

 




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