When it comes to selling a home, there is no one size fits all solution. From the marketing to the value, and everything in between, each house requires a unique approach to net a seller the most money in the least amount of time.
Home staging is one aspect of selling that requires a personal touch, according to Jayne Woolcott, sales representative with Re/Max Escarpment Woolcott Realty Inc.
“When someone thinks of staging, they usually think of a full-home makeover, with all the furniture and décor replaced with new pieces to get the home ready for sale,” says Woolcott.
However, Woolcott says there are a few different types of home staging sellers should consider, ensuring they’re maximizing their value – and their time.
Declutter and Depersonalize
When buyers are looking online, they want to be able to envision themselves in a home. The first step to placing them in that headspace is to remove personal mementos, such as photos on the fireplace or fridge, and to keep countertops clean and tidy.
Revamp with Existing Items
Once the home is decluttered, it can be time to call in the professionals. Sue Deneau, a home stager with The Woolcott Team, says often times, a home can be drastically improved using items already in the home.
“I like to see how furniture can be moved around to maximize space, and play with colour. Sometimes simple things, like moving throw blankets and pillows, into a different setting can change the whole mood of a home,” says Deneau.
Bring in the Staging Supplies
If a home is vacant or has outdated furniture that won’t photograph well, a professional stager, like Deneau, can be one of the home seller’s strongest assets. Armed with a full inventory of couches, side tables, bedding and décor items, Deneau’s professional eye transforms rooms into stunning masterpieces that photograph well – perfect for capturing buyers seeing homes for the first time online.
Woolcott says staging can be invaluable for most sellers, but cautions that it isn’t always a magic pill.
“If a carpet is worn or the paint is tired, a buyer will see through the staging when they visit the home in person. These are projects that should be remedied in consultation with your real estate agent and your stager,” says Woolcott. “We believe that all three parties should work together on getting the home ready for sale, which is why we have our own on-staff, full-time stagers.”
If you are thinking of selling and would like a free consultation with The Woolcott Team’s professional stagers, call The Woolcott Team at 905 689 9223 today!