Friday, May 6, 2011
KEEP, TOSS OR SELL: DECLUTTER FOR A CAUSE
Home staging is an effective tool for owners wishing to sell their house. By taking time to improve the appearance of their home, sellers can attract potential buyers.
De-cluttering is an important step in the home staging process. When listing a home for resale, removing unnecessary items and depersonalizing the space maximizes square footage and helps potential buyers visualize the space as their own.
De-cluttering is also a great way to give back while getting rid of unwanted household items. Consider hosting a garage sale in support of a worthy cause or donating items to the National Garage Sale for Shelter – an annual event presented by the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation benefiting women’s shelters in Brampton.
This year’s event will be held on May 14, 2011. For more information visit www.royallepage.ca/shelter or call me at Royal LePage Innovators Realty, 905-796-8888.
Here are some tips on de-cluttering and staging your home:
1. Creating the illusion of space and neutralizing your house are two important aspects of house staging.
2. Look at your home as though you're seeing it for the first time. Make sure every room neat, spotlessly clean, dusted and uncluttered.
3. Pay special attention to your bathroom and kitchen as they are key selling points. Make sure counters are free of small appliances and personal effects – buyers want to envision space how they like it regardless of how expensive your appliances might be.
4. Organized storage space is a key feature when selling a home. De-clutter your closets and sell unwanted items – this will also help sellers during their own move.
5. De-clutter by removing excess furniture to make rooms feel more open and replacing any items that are not appropriately sized for the room. Create the illusion of space to sell.
6. Ensure that the décor of your home is modern and tasteful. Part with pieces that are past their prime and most people’s taste.
7. Don't forget about your backyard – rid your property with old tools, pool toys and gardening equipment. Interested buyers may decide to look inside your shed, so make sure that it is organized and clean.