The Dining room and kitchen are typically the heart of the home. Families like to spend time together, over meals, and that is why these spaces are so important to stage.
Kitchens should be warm, inviting and most importantly clean. If your kitchen is a mess, it shows potential buyers that you do not care about your home. In our staging, we like to add pops of colour in these areas.
Dining rooms are important to stage because potential buyers need to know how much room they have; we do not clutter the dining room with furniture but we do add just enough to showcase how large the spaces is.
There are so many different materials that you can use to modernize and freshen up your space. In the past, a home might have one metal type used in décor, be it platinum, gold or silver. Today, you can mix metals, creating a cohesive and modern look.
Materials can help give your home personality without being too personal; make sure to use the right materials to attract not only buyers but the right buyers for your home.
Hobbies- we all have them but how do they affect selling your home. Well it really depends on the hobbies. Something like a large collection of cat figurines or an altar to a family member may turn off potential buyers.
However, if you have a smaller collection of china, or coins, that can definitely stay and may add personality to your home. Be caution of what you keep in the home as items may disappear during showings and open houses.
As stated in my previous blog last week, safety should be a priority when selling your home. If you are well known in the community or have your own business, people may be interested in seeing how and where you live.
Remove all chances of this by removing anything with a name, bills, certificates, child names, as well as family pictures.
For pictures, it may be tricky to know what to keep and what to get rid of . The general rule that I like to use is, if it is a pictures of one person and there are many of them, best to remove them. But if it is a collage or a candid shot they can stay.
All homes need to have personality but not be personal. This statement can be very confusing for potential buyers. How do you keep personality in homes?
All family photos that are large scale or anything with a name should be removed. This is more for safety reasons than anything; you don’t want potential buyers looking at names on bills or names in children rooms and start to wonder have I met this person before? Have I seen them in the grocery store? Keep your family safe by removing these items.
The major things that can help keep personality in homes, and set you apart from others, is colour in the home. Large pieces of bright art can help potential buyers be interested in the home.
Other things that are important is the “feel” of the home. If your home is inviting, you will have a much better chance of selling. Cozy rugs, throws, warm lighting can all help with this.