If you’re selling your home, you want to create the best impression possible for prospective buyers. And one of the easiest ways to do that is through staging. A well-staged home gives buyers a better sense of what living in the space will be like and makes them more likely to want to buy it. So if you’re thinking about listing your property this spring, here are some tips on how to stage your Salt Spring Island home:
Furniture Matters! Don’t try to sell an empty home.
Furniture Matters! A home that is empty or sparsely furnished can be difficult for prospective buyers to envision living in. Empty rooms feel cold, vacant and sad.
The Condition of your Home Matters!
Now we know this is Salt Spring and we know that some of us live without baseboards and with “island hardwood” aka plywood floors in areas but people do notice and focus on things like this when they are viewing homes. Many buyers can’t visualize the potential of a home and how your home shows now is how people see themselves in it. They can’t see past the clutter, stains and chips – in fact, they tend to focus even more on those things. And after price, the condition of your home is the single biggest factor determining how fast and for how much it sells for.
Here are some quick tips to help you get started:
- Clean! Make it shine inside and out. Windows should be sparkling so don’t forget this important element when staging your home!
- Declutter! Make sure every room is clutter-free, including closets and garages. Buyers want to see what they can do with your house, not how much stuff you’ve collected over the years remember that buyers will look at everything.
- Fix items that need attention! It may not be necessary to renovate a house before listing it for sale, but if there are obvious issues like broken seals on windows or leaky faucets that need fixing, now is definitely the time to do so.
The lighting matters – emphasize natural light and ample soft light in every room, especially on gloomy days. A dark house will make it hard to show off the best attributes of your home and make it seem smaller than it really is.
You may need to install new bulbs or add more lamps for added light. If you have a dark entryway or hallway, try using mirrors to reflect the light from windows or skylights into these spaces.
Curb Appeal and Outdoor Spaces Matter!
First impressions are everything, and the first impression that buyers have when they pull up to your home will influence their decision to continue the tour or move on.
- If your front yard has any dead plants or debris, get rid of them! The same goes for your driveway, make sure it’s free of debris and leaves and if there are potholes, fill them! Mow the grass if you have it.
- The front door is the first thing potential buyers see, so make sure it’s clean and freshly painted if necessary. Make sure the front door is accessible. Although many of us tend to use the back door when we live in a home, we want to bring buyers in through the front.
- Repair or replace any damaged siding, decking and trim.
Staging your Salt Spring Island home is about putting your property into the best light. When effectively executed, staging allows buyers to imagine living there, not notice you and your family’s belongings. It can help your house sell faster and for more money and who doesn’t want that?
If you are looking to sell, contact The Salt Spring Team. When you list with us, we provide you with all of our tips and tricks to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. We can walk you through the process and make your home selling experience a little less stressful, and hopefully a lot more fun.
Scott & June Simmons
The Salt Spring Team