Rosemary Papp

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Tips for preparing your home for sale

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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