BIG Tips for Staging a Small Home


BIG Tips for Staging a Small Home (06.06.18)                                                                
You’ve lived in it to see many memories unfold. The birth of your children. Graduation. Anniversaries. Retirement and more. But now you’re ready to sell your quaint century home, with all of its traditional characteristics, distinct features, and upgraded fixtures. In fact, your small home has big value in today’s real estate market. Consider this: with homeowners facing heating and property tax increases, more buyers are opting for smaller homes. And that’s good news for you. So how can you cash in and make your cozy home, and its small living space and intimate property, more marketable to buyers?
First, keep in mind, it’s not your square footage that matters most, it’s how you present it. But if you’ve accumulated a lifetime of memories in your small home, chances are those small spaces appear crowded, cluttered and simply too complex to look at. The key is to make those spaces appear larger than they are and accentuate all the best features without compromising the less is more principal. Before you enlist the design-savvy services of a home staging expert to help, here are some practical tips to get your home ready:
Declutter: It’s a popular word. And it’s a fulfilling venture when you get rid of unwanted items. The mental and physical space that stems from decluttering means more breathing room and good energy comes in.
Minimize: Smaller spaces tend to favour a more minimalist design. Remove surplus. Clear off countertops, tabletops, mantles, bookshelves, cupboards and other surfaces where only few items can be showcased.
Let light in: Remove heavy drapes or other window treatments. Use sheer fabrics to let light, make the space larger and brighter and extend the view inside to the outside.
One paint colour: Use one neutral paint colour throughout the home to create a continuous and spacious feel.
Prints: Replace prints with solids. Florals, stripes or other decorative prints tend to close in small spaces. Solid prints open up small spaces.
Artwork: Blank wall spaces make rooms look bigger. Minimize artwork.
Light it up: Add more light to every room, making each brighter and bigger. Light also elevates a room as if were showcased on stage.
Mirrors: Create a multi-dimensional or larger look and feel using mirrors.
Big things come in small packages! So work with your home stager to help enhance the coziness of your small home. Strategize. Personalize. Visualize.
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Is Home Staging a good investment?


Is Home Staging a good investment?

Home Staging is one of the most effective marketing strategies in the real estate industry today. But is it worth the hype, the investment and the time? Given the explosion of online marketing, real estate industry experts say that uploading photos of staged homes:
a.  helps to boost pre-sale calls to real estate agents
b.  helps to increase the number of visitors to scheduled home viewings
c.  expands potential buyer reach beyond exterior For Sale signage

Looking to sell your home faster and for a higher price? Home staging creates instant visual appeal, enhances buyer preferences and ignites buyer calls to action. But does that convince you to stage your home? This may help with your decision:

Buyer’s Concern #1: Home staging is costly!
Whynot Home Staging: Home staging costs a fraction of the home’s value and other costs associated with the sale. According to real estate experts, staged homes sell 6% more than the asking price. Don’t worry, we’ll work within your budget, using cost-effective strategies to help you save money. Our network of affordable resources, simple solutions and innovative and skilled experience allows us to stage your home on budget and within your timelines. Home staging is a small investment for a big return!

Buyer’s Concern #2: Cosmetic details are over-rated!
Whynot Home Staging: It’s a highly competitive market. It’s not often a home will sell as is so that’s why details matter. Knicks on a hardwood floor, wall dents, ceiling cracks and uneven tiling can turn buyers off. They’ll calculate the costs for all the necessary fix-ups and ask for a price reduction. Home staging creates more visual attraction, appealing to buyers’ emotions and sense of belonging in the home. Home staging presents a clean, well-maintained and de-cluttered home. It really is all in the details!

Buyer’s Concern #3: My home already looks decorated!
Whynot Home Staging: Decorating and home staging are different. When you decorate your home, it’s a personalized task. When your residence is home staged, the décor appeals to everyone in the market. When buyers walk in, they want to envision living there, not be exposed to your personal taste and style. Home staging accentuates the positive features and minimizes the negative features in a subtle, yet pleasing way. When buyers walk into a well-manicured home, renewed energy and excitement in the space is the result. A staged home is a sale waiting to happen!

Strategize. Personalize. Visualize.

Whynot Home Staging & Design • Call Today 647.654.0491