BIG Tips for Staging a Small Home

WHYNOT HOME STAGING & DESIGN

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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Curb Appeal

KELLY WHYNOT HOME STAGING & DESIGN

Curb Appeal ( 01.13.18)

You’re ready to sell your home! Congratulations! While it’s a bittersweet time, and you’ll miss summers in the backyard and winters by the fireplace inside, you know…it’s time to move. And your home is a commodity you want to sell for the highest possible price. So Whynot get a head start on preparing for that sale and planning for the best possible outcome! And that could mean investing in a home staging service that will enhance your home’s charm and appeal—inside and out. Before you do anything, it’s a good idea to do a personal experiment and make notes on your home. What’s your first impression? What’s the home’s best exterior features? What are its worst exterior features or weaknesses? Walk around the property. Would you buy your home?

Many homebuyers make quick decisions on whether to attend a home’s open house or to pass on it based on its curb appeal. When your home looks updated, organized and inviting outside, chances are buyers will take a peek inside. But sometimes, sellers focus only on the interior, opting to focus on renos that fetch top dollar (ie. Kitchens, bathrooms, windows, etc.). This is a valuable venture, but improving the exterior flirts with a buyer’s mindset and visual lean.
It’s like judging a book by its cover. Many homebuyers are visually-driven and need that exterior attraction to be drawn in. Some tips to help you get started on turning the outside into a haven for homebuyers:

  • De-clutter the property. Put away garden tools, hoses, empty pots, etc.
  • Clean the windows. Hire a professional window washer to do the job.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to chipped window sills, door frames, etc.
  • Do some yard work: mow the lawn; pull weeds; wash the deck; edge the grass; trim tree limbs; rake and dispose of leaves; add flowers.
  • Improve the lighting on your driveway, back deck, front porch and pathways to and around the property.
  • Wood stain or paint the garage door. De-clutter and add shelves inside.
  • Revamp your Welcome mat to ensure the message is inviting.

Turn heads by turning your home into a conversation piece on the block. They say happy homes are reflected from the outside in. If you don’t have time to invest in simple upgrades or meticulous landscaping projects, a home stager like Kelly Whynot can help give your home that lasting impression for homebuyers.
Strategize. Personalize. Visualize.
Whynot Home Staging & Design • Call Today 647.654.0491