Rosemary Papp

With over 36 Years Local Experience to Serve You


By J&W Inspired Home

It’s January 2014! Are you planning a move this year? It’s never too early to get your home organized for a quick and high priced sale…WE CAN HELP!

Here are the top 10 tips for preparing your home and staging it for sale…

1 - DE CLUTTER. This is very important! If a potential buyer walks into your home and can’t see it’s beauty or uniqueness because it’s hidden in a sea of clutter…you may not get an offer.

2 - DE PERSONALIZE. The buyer needs to easily be able to see ‘themselves’ in your home. If they are distracted by family photos of you and your family, they may forget the reason they are there in the first place.

3 - SPACE. Your home needs to feel like it has enough space for the new owners to put all of their things.

4 - FIX BROKEN THINGS. You want your home to be as close to move in ready as possible. Fix those broken mirrored sliding doors and closets before your first open house.

5 - HAVE A PURPOSE FOR EACH ROOM. Find the focal point of each room and arrange your furniture to show the room at it’s best. Don’t have furniture in front of French doors or fireplaces because those are the architectural designs of the home and need to be featured.

6 - ADD COLOUR. I have seen homes sit on the market for a whole year even though they were de cluttered, de personalized and had some furniture in each room. The problem was, they had no WOW factor and no colour in their accessories. This makes the home feel very cold.

7 - PAINT. Bold paint colours may be nice when you are living in a home but for selling they may turn off people who are more conservative. Painting is one of the most affordable and best return on investment that you can do before selling your home. Choose a neutral colour that the majority of people will like. A Decorator or Home Stager can help you choose the colour if you need some help.

8 - ADD FURNITURE. Empty and unfurnished rooms lack perspective. They either appear too large or too small. I have seen vacant homes sit on the market for one year with no sale. One week after we stage them, SOLD!

9 - CURB APPEAL. A buyer will often make their decisions within 10 seconds of entering a home for sale! Yet their first impression of your home happens before they even enter. It has to be a good one!

10 - CLEAN and FRESH. Your home should be spotless! Clean it well before each showing. It should be much easier to keep it clean if you have already de cluttered it and put all excess furniture into storage. 

If you do these 10 things successfully, you will have the best results when selling your home.

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The condition of your home is so important in how well it does when you put it up for sale. If you leave your home the way it is, the way you live in it daily, other people will probably not be able to see it’s potential. It might be obvious to you, but viewers need to be able to see it for themselves. This article outlines 4 ways that you can spruce up your home inside and out to generate the interest you want from buyers.

1. Landscape

The first in-person impression potential buyers will have of your house is the outside. You want to tidy up both the back and the front yards. Pull weeds, mow the lawn, and trim the hedges. If you can afford to plant some new and colourful flowers that would really brighten the yard. If your mailbox is looking dull, paint it or shine it up. The little things can make the biggest difference. Don’t forget to sweep the steps and walkway. If you have children who play outside, tidy up their toys. They don’t have to all be put away, but don’t let the yard look like an outdoor playroom.

 2. Get rid of clutter

Don’t distract potential buyers with your clutter. If your house looks messy, they won’t be able to see themselves living there. This is the perfect time to get rid of your clutter and junk since you’ll be moving anyway. Put everything in their places. Put books neatly on the bookshelves, DVDs and CDs in their storage areas. Get rid of all paper clutter either by filing them away or recycling them if they’re not needed. Avoid having piles of laundry sitting on the living room floor or dining room table when viewers are coming. Clear off the kitchen counters, except for basic items. You may keep lots of items on the counters because it’s convenient, but to potential buyers it might look like there isn’t enough storage space. Do the same with bathrooms.

 3. Spruce up the inside

In addition to decluttering your home, there are a few other things you can do to make your house inviting to viewers. If you have any rooms with bright or colours that are not neutral, you’d be well-advised to repaint them a neutral colour. While it would be easy enough for the new owner to do the painting, but many potential buyers will come into a home and be put off by strange colour choices. Clean the windows inside and out and given all appliances a good cleaning. Things that you no longer notice, like chipped paint in the hall, are things that people coming into your home for the first time will likely notice.

 4. Make it homey

Make your house feel warm and comforting to all who enter. Homey to you might mean lots of family photos all over the place, but people viewing your home are not your family. They want to be able to imagine their own family in the space. Put away most, but not all, of your photos. Things that you can add to make your house feel more homey are things such as flowers and candles. These are common items that most people enjoy. Scents also play a part in making a house feel homey. If you can, bake cookies that will come out of the over right before house viewers arrive. The smell of freshly baked cookies is one of the most comforting and reminds us all of home.

The time that you take to spruce up your home and make it look as fresh as possible will improve your chances of making a sale quicker than if you don’t do the extra work.

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