General Interior Staging
A properly staged home sells faster and for more money. Staging is so effective that it is considered one of the most valuable sales tools available (REALTOR.org). It’s easy to do and gives buyers the opportunity to see your home in its best light. This checklist of home staging tips is designed to give you some ideas on what to look for and how to maximize fix-up dollars.
Safety is very important when you are inviting strangers onto your property. They may not be familiar with the little hazards that can go overlooked, like an uneven sidewak or a sticky door. Check for possible safety issues that visitors may encounter such as loose flooring materials, missing handrails, or carpet wrinkles that could cause someone to fall. Adjust and lubricate all doors and hinges including cabinet doors, screen doors, gates, etc.; have your carpets cleaned and stretched, and mark hazards with bright tape or a note asking people to be careful.
The simplest way to declutter is to begin packing and storing your belongings in preparation for moving. Pack books, knick-knacks, and personal items in moving boxes and store them in an off-site facility if you don’t have storage space on the property. Remove unnecessary furniture to make rooms appear larger. Empty closets and use closet organizers to make sure they spacious, organized and uncluttered. Put valuables like jewellery, money, etc. in a safe place where it won’t tempt strangers.
Kitchens and baths require a quick inspection for water damage and possible repairs. Look at caulking around fixtures and make sure everything is in good repair. Mould, mildew and rot indicate chronic moisture problems. Clean the appliances so they are new looking, including filters and lighting. Wash the entire kitchen with a mild bleach solution to sanitize, remove stains and freshen. Replace dated faucets. Remove all magnets and art from the fridge, top and sides. Put away all items usually stored on the counter. Declutter the cabinets and under sink areas by packing non-essential cookware and dishes.
Basement areas will be the focus of a home inspection and it’s a good idea to make the entire area easily accessible. Begin by packing non-essential items and then inspect for common maintenance issues. Look for rotting wood, crumbling masonery, efflorescence (a white powdery coating on concrete), also obvious signs of water damage like cracks and water seepage. Make sure the basement humidity is at normal levels and correct appropriately if necessary.
Home Staging Tips
Selling your home is a good opportunity to have a garage sale. When you’re done, your garage should be free of clutter with a floor free of oil stains.