The hot real estate market has cooled and most cities across Canada are experiencing a "buyer's market." While many homeowners have chosen to stay put rather than chance losing money on their investment, those homeowners who have no choice but to move must put in extra effort to make their homes more appealing to buyers.
"Home staging helps create an environment that will lead a buyer's eye to your home's most attractive features, while minimizing its flaws," says Julie Panasiuk, sales representative, Royal LePage. "There are many quick fixes you can make to your home to help it stand out to potential buyers."
Panasiuk offers the following home staging tips:
Make a Good First Impression - Increase the curb appeal of your home by planting flowers or placing planters in the front and back yards. Clear the driveway and yard of children's toys and store away unsightly trashcans. Also, pay close attention to pet, cooking and cigarette odours in your home -scented candles or flowers can help to brighten and energize your home.
Keep it Clean - Steam clean carpets, wash floors, walls and light fixtures and clean all appliances (inside and out). Pay special attention to your bathroom and kitchen - make sure that tile grout is mildew free and baseboards scrubbed. And, don't forget about the windows.
Freshen-Up - Adding a fresh coat of paint and laying new carpet will brighten up your home. Make sure to choose neutral colours and make it consistent throughout the home. Replace the fixtures in your bathroom and kitchen. A modern faucet, such as the Pilar pull-down kitchen faucet with Touch2O technology by Delta, makes a statement at an affordable price point and will be a memorable feature when the potential buyer compares all of the homes they have seen in their search.
Create the Illusion of Space - Remove excess furniture to make rooms feel more open. Strategically placed mirrors and lighting can also help to create the illusion of more space.
De-Personalize and Lose the Clutter - To help potential buyers envision themselves in your home, depersonalize by removing family photographs, collectibles and knick knacks. Also, make sure that your kitchen and bathroom counters are free of small appliances and personal effects.
Centre Stage - Help potential buyers see the possibilities. Set the table for dinner with flowers, fine dishes and cutlery or run the bath and add floating candles, leaving out a robe or a set of fresh towels to enhance the feel of a spa-like setting.
More information can be found online at www.deltafaucet.com and www.firstchoicehomes.ca.
courtesy of: NewsCanada
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