When it comes to real estate, there is one thing that is most important in being successful – and that, of course, is the actual selling of the home.  It can be an arduous task to sell a home, yet if you know just how to do it, you can get it done.  Perhaps the biggest key in successfully selling a home – whether you’re the real estate agent or the seller – is staging your home.  Staging a home involves selling a tremendous asset that’s in your possession, and it’s important it goes smoothly, so that prospective buyers will know the possibilities of what they can get out of a house before purchasing it.

If you’re planning to stage a home, it is important that prospects are entering a clean house.  If your home is not clean, then it will probably look quite unattractive to those who might seek to otherwise buy your house.  Making sure the home is a clean one can be achieved by the homeowner with a good dose of elbow grease – but a more feasible solution (if you can afford it) is to hire a cleaning service to come in and clean the home from top to bottom.  If at all possible, you may want to have them in on a regular basis for as long as your home is on the market.

Be sure that you as a homeowner have set the stage for the sale even before the client has entered the home.  Putting in the effort to make sure your lawn and garden are impressive can be very vital to getting off on the right foot.  Take the time to fix up any blemishes on the outside of the home; plant shrubs and flowers where appropriate to spruce up the front of your home.  Doing so ensures that buyers get a great first impression of your house.  Create a welcome feeling in the home by making your front hallway as bright and light as you can.

When staging a home, remember that the first room likely to be seen is the living room.  Make sure you have furniture that is comfortable, yet neutral.  You don’t want any pieces that could clutter your living room, or put off the buyer.  Remember that if the room looks large, then it will be more appealing to the buyer; this is why less is more.  Make it inviting, but simple.

While you’re going through the home, you may smell fresh baked goods.  It’s a good idea to either avoid food smells or make sure they are warm and friendly scents.  When home buyers see your kitchen, they will want to know that there is ample counter space and cabinet space.  Also, keep your refrigerator free of clutter and be sure to repair any scratches or chipping on your wood surfaces.  If you’ve got extra stuff, store it away.

The bathroom obviously has to be sparkling clean.  Any soap and soap dishes should be as fresh and clean as they can be – and do not show your personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes and paste, and any toiletries.  Displaying fresh new towels is a nice touch.

Finally, make sure your bedrooms are neat and especially roomy.  Bedspreads should be nice and beds must be made.  Display as little as possible in order to allow the buyer to imagine themselves making that room home; this should really be the case in all rooms.

If you have all the necessary information and take the time, money, and effort to handle things, staging your home in Ottawa can be a rewarding task that leads to getting great offers on your home.  Whether you are in Kanata, Stittsville, Central Ottawa or Orleans, we would be happy to serve all your home staging needs.  Give us a call today!