Prep it to sell it

The current housing market in most major cities in North America isn’t at its best. It can take several months for a homeowner to sell his house and the process can be long and frustrating. In order to better your odds, you might consider hiring a home-staging expert. The goal of staging is to make your home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling your property more swiftly and for a better profit. However, the services of a home-stager can be expensive or you might just be the type of person who enjoys doing this kind of project yourself. If this is the case, these few home-staging tips will definitely come in handy for you.

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The first rule of home-staging is to depersonalize your house. Potential home buyers have to be able to imagine themselves living in your space and a huge family picture in the dining room might limit their imagination. Same goes for personal memorabilia or decorating choices that are really specific to you. Along the same lines, you should do a good cleaning of each rooms. Getting rid of the clutter will bring a nice sense of space to your home. Decluttering is also applicable to furniture so sell or store any piece of furniture that doesn’t have an essential role in your day-to-day life.

If you can only invest in one element for your home-staging, make it paint. Indeed, painting the main rooms in a calm neutral color will create a blank canvas for potential homebuyers. They will then be able to picture their frames, décor elements and furniture in the living environment. Moreover, if you have small rooms, painting them the same color will give a sense of continuity and choosing one same hue for adjacent rooms will give the illusion of them being one big space.

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The kitchen and the bathroom are probably the two most important selling features in a house. To improve their look, first start by giving them a thorough scrubbing. You might also consider changing the bath mat, shower curtain and toilet seat. In the kitchen, if you are reasonably handy, you can install a new backsplash for little time and money. Putting a fresh coat of paint on dated kitchen cabinets is also a fail-proof way to upgrade the overall look of your kitchen. Replacing their old handles is also a small change that can go a long way.

Finally, lighting a nice scented candle or picking some flowers from your yard and putting them in a beautiful vase are small details that can make a big difference. We hope these few ideas will make your house selling an easier experience. Happy selling!

Picture credits: 1) Osirix Interior  2) House and Gardens  3) Decorating Divas