You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home. It is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal to more buyers.
When you work with the Real Collective you will get a complimentary staging consultation and a to-do list that will help you go through room by room to ensure your home shows at its absolute best, which will help your home sell quickly and for a better price.
Create Great Curb Appeal
Make the first impression count. Clean up, paint front windows and doors, keep the lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed, plant or pot colorful flowers, clear the sidewalks.
Make the House Shine
A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly and for more money. Wash windows inside and out, make sure kitchen and bath features gleam, shampoo or replace carpeting, clean and dust throughout, remove any pet odors.
You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.
Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knick knacks.
Make Minor Repairs
Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in a neutral color. Replace cracked floor or countertops, fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, replace burned-out light bulbs.
Remove Favourite Items
If buyers don’t see something, they won’t want it to be part of the deal. Remove fixtures or window coverings now if you’re going to take them with you.
Rearrange Closets and Cabinets
Tidy, organized closets make a positive statement about your home. Keep medicines and other personal items out of sight, pack away much of your clothing, neatly arrange clothing, neatly arrange shoes and shelf items.
Show Your Home in the Best Light
Your home needs to be at its friendliest when buyers go through it. Open the drapes and let the sunshine in, have fresh flowers on display and set your home to a comfortable temperature.
Keep a Low Profile
Nobody knows your home as well as you do, but Real Collective REALTORS® know buyers – what they need and what they want. Your Real Collective REALTOR® will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights, both inside and outside, when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour, warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Be Absent During Showings
Leave your home during showings to give potential buyers comfort when they are viewing your home.
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home’s appearance, let your Real Collective REALTOR® handle the situation.
Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but when you’re showing your home, pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everyone a favour, keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Rock’n’Roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it’s time to show your home, it’s time to turn off the stereo or TV.
Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to your Real Collective REALTOR®.
You never know when your agent may need to show your home on a moment’s notice. So make your beds and tidy up each morning, just in case.
Don’t Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
When prospective buyers come to view your home, don’t distract them with offers to sell furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves. They’re likely to hurry through. Keep the company or tenants present to a minimum.
Help Your REALTOR®
Your Real Collective REALTOR® will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through their office. We have an integrated system including an app, to allow you to keep tabs on all the showings and feedback. You’ll appreciate the results!