April 22, 2020
As a professional real estate stager and stylist, I have seen it so often that homeowners hurry to show their first house before the house is ready for sale.
Do you think you are ready to sell your house? Another guide might help – here are signs that you’re not ready to launch your home yet.
YOUR MAIN RESIDENTIAL AREAS ARE A WRECK
Your living room, family room, kitchen or dining room are the first rooms that your buyers will welcome. If these important spaces don’t really come into their own, you’re definitely not ready to list your home yet. Highlight the functions and features of each room and then add a little pretty! If you’re not sure, ask a friend for an honest opinion, or better yet, work with a professional stager who can guide you through the process.
SOME INTERIORS NEED A COLOR JOB
It’s amazing what painting can do to brighten up a room. It is like an instant “face lift” for your home. The rooms immediately look cleaner, newer and smell fresher too! In addition to applying a new coat, it’s important to help potential buyers imagine how they live in your house. So put your personal taste aside and choose colors that appeal to everyone. As boring as it may seem, the magic word is neutral.
Your closets are all full
Buyers mostly upgrade when they buy a new house. They want more space and space than they don’t currently have. Regardless of how much storage space you currently have, you can show this optimally. My advice is to always reduce what you have in your closets by half and then edit a little more. The best way to accomplish this is to get a rental store that stores extra clothing and other things while the house is a listed building.
YOUR FAUCET LEAKS
All minor repairs that have been irritating you for months, such as leaky taps, sticky doors, noisy toilets, cracked floor tiles, and loose cabinet handles should be taken care of. This could signal potential buyers that you have not properly maintained your home, alerting them to major problems, and in turn deciding to look elsewhere.
YOU HAVE TOO MUCH CLUTTER
Disorder eats equity in real estate and having too much is definitely not a good thing. Get rid of unnecessary stuff! Children’s toys, sports equipment, broken devices, pet items, family photos and Tchotchkes from your world trips are the culprits most of the time. This is the perfect time to donate, clean or pack them and move them to the rental store for now.
YOUR HOUSE IS NOT CLEAN
Nobody wants a dirty house, period. Dirty windows, grubby, stained – or worse, smelly carpets, dirty kitchens and bathrooms – can instantly destroy the mood. My suggestion is always a professional deep cleaning before listing. It makes a significant contribution to leaving a good first impression.
THEY DIDN’T STAGE IT RIGHT
What do the rooms look like when they come from the main door? Is it enough to convince your buyers that this is their next home? If your buyers can’t see each other in your house, the game is over. If you have no idea how to effectively present your home to your buyers, it’s time to call in a professional and contact your local stager.
Toronto-based, award-winning interior designer Red Barrinuevo is an interior designer and principal of Redesign4more, serving clients in Toronto and the GTA. The company is known for improving and creating stylish yet functional spaces through creative staging, interior design and design. www.redesign4more.com.
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