Monthly Archives: March 2015

5 Biggest Home Staging Mistakes That Cost You the Sale

House For Sale

Are you putting your house on the market? As I’m sure you’re aware, first impressions are vitally important to prospective buyers.

From the moment people walk in, they start making a decision about your home and what it would look like if they lived there.

So how can you make your home an inviting space that buyers love? The answer is home staging.

There is a big difference between a staged home and one that is on the market that hasn’t been staged.

Here are some of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when trying to sell a home without the benefits of staging.

  1. Cluttered Space

    Clutter gives the buyer a feeling that there is not enough storage space in the home. So it’s really important to put away unneeded items while you are showing your home.

    Everything from countertops and tables to bedrooms and even the garage needs to be cleared away of clutter and unused items.

  2. Dirt and Grime

    No one wants to move into a dirty, poorly maintained home. Taking the time to make every surface sparkle is critical. Bathrooms should be spotless, free of mold, mildew and stains.

    Give some extra attention to the kitchen too by paying close attention to the appliances, especially the fridge, garbage area and cupboards.

  3. Unpleasant Odors

    One whiff of a foul smell can make a buyer turn their nose up on a home. Sometimes we are so used to the way our home smells that we don’t recognize odors. Sometimes sellers try so hard to make their home smell nice that strong candles or air fresheners can offend buyers too.

    Making a home have a neutral, clean scent is the best way to go. Worst offenders are pet smells, musty/stale air, and cigarette smoke. Other offenders can include mildew or even strong food smells such as fish. If in doubt, have a friend walk through your home and give it the sniff test.

  4. Too Hot or Cold

    Buyers want to know that the home will be comfortable. This includes knowing that it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Be sensitive to this and set the temperature accordingly when you are showing your home. Fans can help keep air flowing through the home.

    If windows are drafty, make sure to seal them with caulk or replace them if budget allows. If it’s summer, keep it pleasantly cool but don’t blast the AC and freeze your buyers out. You want buyers to linger and feel at home in the space.

  5. Keeping it Too Dark in the House

    A dark and dreary home doesn’t show your property off in its best light. Take time to walk through your home and see ways you can add more light. Keep the lights on in the house and consider adding extra spotlights or lamps. Make sure the windows are clean so the sunshine comes through them.

Avoid these pitfalls when selling your home by hiring a home staging professional that can take care of all the details so you don’t have to frantically try to remember everything during this stressful time.

Having a staged home sells fast with offers that are sure to make you smile. And if you need help with your staging needs and live in the Calgary area, give us a call for a free consultation!

Home Remodelling Projects That Pay Off

Hone remodelling with paint swatches and tools

Thinking of upgrading your home? If you are looking to sell, home renovation can help your home to sell quickly and for top dollar.

But what home improvement projects will deliver the best return on your investment?

Here’s a look at some inexpensive home renovations that will add the most value to your home.

  • Update the kitchen with latest designs and technology
    A modern kitchen will catch the eye of prospective buyers. An upgraded kitchen will greatly increase the value of your home and its appeal.

    If you don’t have a big budget, you can still upgrade the look of your kitchen with a few inexpensive fixes by adding new faucets, cabinet doors and handles.  Ditch the old light fixtures and add new energy efficient ones.

    Such renovations do not cost too much and will increase the property’s value tremendously. If you have a larger budget, cabinet makeovers and re-facing can transform the space. Add some new countertops and that old kitchen will have new spark.

  • Appliance facelift
    Home appliances that are defective or do not match give a bad impression and bring down your home’s value.

    If the appliances do not match or are very old, it is time to give them a facelift by ordering new ones. Potential buyers will be attracted and appealed by new appliance faces simply because the conditions imply functionality.

    Match appliances like microwaves, dishwashers and conditioners to produce a cohesive-looking environment. Most of the time, appliance facelifts are quite inexpensive and can be accomplished using simple rearrangement and replacement of external components.

  • Re-grouting the baths and toilets
    Bathrooms are the next evaluation space after kitchens and many people will immediately make their buying decisions based on the condition of the bathroom.

    Simple renovations such as changing toilet seats and new pedestal sinks can go a long way in increasing value with the least amount of effort and expenses. Change old bathroom floors that have become discoloured and install easy-to-clean vinyl tiles instead.

    The advantage of floor renovations is that you do not necessarily need to remove the old one. You can just install the new plan on top of the old one. Other bathroom renovations that add value to your home include shower surrounds and prefabricated tubs. While they seem expensive, they can still be achieved using cost-effective installations that will achieve maximum longevity.

  • Front yard makeovers
    The front yard is the first thing a buyer sees when they pull up to your home. So it’s worth spending time to improve your curb appeal.

    Simple renovations like paved walkways and coloured planters will give the front yard a fresh new look that delights prospective buyers.

  • HVAC and Furnace replacements
    Buyers usually breathe a sigh of relief whenever they see a new furnace and HVAC system.

    Replacing air conditioners and furnaces with new energy efficient models will enhance indoor comfort. A house with old inefficient HVAC systems will give the impression of poor maintenance and buyers may question the condition of other appliances in your home.

    Installing new furnaces and air conditioners adds peace of mind for buys and increases your homes value.

  • Storage and space
    Women love big closets.  Unfortunately, many older houses may lack sufficient closet storage and this can be a deal breaker for some buyers.

    Add self-adjusted laminate and wire closets systems to entry closets, bathroom and pantries. There are many closet expansion designs to choose from and some companies offer online templates from measuring and designing new closets.

    You can add extra space and increase a home’s value with a few installations.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to makeover your home,  With a few clever renovations you can add instant buy appeal to your home!  Have fun with your project!

If you live in the Calgary area, Jackie and I would be happy to discuss your home remodelling needs!