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Top home staging tips: Part 3

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 next 5 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. Fresh linens. 

Make sure any visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, etc.) are brand new or at least look brand new. If any are exceptionally outdated, replace with new ones that compliment the rest of your décor.

2. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior. This means neatly trimmed bushes, mulched flowerbeds and watered grass. In the Okanagan’s sometimes excessive heat, people often don’t want to pay the water bill to water their lawns. This is a huge mistake when your home is for sale as it will cost you in terms of a poor first impression for drive-bys potentially losing you showings, as well as creates doubt in potential buyers that the home is well maintained. Suck it up and pay that water bill! It will net you more money in the long run.

3. Smell is your most important sense. 

Baking cookies has become a cliche, but buy a room spray with a fragrance you love and spray the house sparingly before each showing.

Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details. Then, just stand back and let your house shine and it is sure to impress potential homebuyers. 

4 Chandeliers. 

You don’t have to spend a fortune on lighting, and even Ikea has some great lighting! Or any big box store sells beautiful ones for a few hundred dollars or less. Many homes don’t have sufficient lighting to begin with, so the more lighting the better. Bright is beautiful!

5. Furnishings.

You might have a huge couch that you absolutely love, or you’ve been dragging around since college, but if it makes the room look small, it must go. It’s better to have small groupings of furniture with plenty of space around them.

This concludes our 3 part series on home staging. For more personalized information, please call us. We are happy to help.



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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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