Home Staging Tips for Downsizers

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale in 30 DaysSo, the time has come for you to sell your house and move to a smaller house, a condo or apartment, or maybe a retirement home or long term care facility.

Putting your home on the market is one of the most stressful and confusing events you can face. Especially when you realize that buyers are not seeing your home; they are seeing your house. A buyer’s critical eye can be a little upsetting. Okay, let’s face it… a lot upsetting.

Whether your move is for health reasons or you’re just ready for a change, you will benefit from “staging” your house for a quick sale. This is just another way to say you are going to make your house the jewel of the real estate market in your neighbourhood.

Potential buyers will be looking at many properties, and if yours doesn’t measure up, you can be sure they won’t come back for a second look.

Keeping the grass cut and the dishes put away is no longer enough. These days, savvy sellers know that someone is much more likely to make an offer if they can actually picture themselves living in the home. The best way to achieve this is through staging.

Home buyers are fastidious and have visions of neat perfection. These same buyers may live with life’s clutter in their own house, but when they go shopping for a new house, they expect neat, tidy, and absolutely uncluttered.

But, the truth is that we LIVE in our house. It’s hard to separate our house from our life. We end up with shoe piles in the hallway, laundry baskets permanently perched at the bottom of the stairs, and small appliances lining our kitchen counter-tops like little culinary soldiers. Is this so wrong? The awful truth is, yes. When you are staging your house to sell, clutter is a deal-breaker. Is that fair? Maybe not. Is it true? Definitely.

In order to make your house as salable and appealing as possible, you need to match the buyer’s dream, and a clean slate is the only way a buyer can see their dream. To you, the seller, this may mean some big changes.

Home staging is about removing certain items so potential buyers can envision their own furniture and family living in your house, preparing each room to enhance the architectural features of the house, and turning your rooms back to their intended purposes.

We can help you with this process, and our 1 hour Walk & Talk consultation is only $100.00! (within 50 km of Dunnville only). Ask your realtor if they’ll cover the cost of your Walk & Talk – it will help them sell your house more quickly.

If you’re on a tight budget, our e-book, How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale in 30 Days, may be just what you need. Click here for more details and to order your copy.

For more information about staging  your home, email us at beclutterfree@nulltalkwireless.ca or call 905-971-9568.

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