As the weather changes and we enter into the Fall real estate market in the Greater Vancouver area, attention to detail in staging your property for sale becomes increasingly important. Effective staging gives potential buyers the opportunity to experience the home in a way that makes them feel like they can move right in, and seasonality is a big part of that experience.

 

Follow along for four quick tips to help buyers see your home in its best light in the colder months.

 

Interior

Start Fresh

In any season, a clean, clutter free space provides the perfect backdrop for staging and is the first step in preparing your property for sale at top dollar. Deep clean and declutter surfaces (and get a head start on packing!) by stowing personal photos and collectibles, as well as jewellery and valuables.

Set the Stage

Set up each room as you would like prospective buyers to envision themselves living in it. Make the beds in the bedrooms, adding some texture with throw pillows or blankets to create an air of coziness to juxtapose the chillier conditions outside.  In the kitchen, use a diffuser with a subtle seasonal scent (cinnamon and pumpkin are popular for Fall) and set the dining room table with neutral place settings and a seasonal centrepiece of clipped cotton or sprigs of autumn greens. Give bathrooms the luxury treatment with fresh, fluffy towels, seasonal soaps and warm subtle lighting.

 

 

Exterior

Create an Entrance Experience

Outside, boost curb appeal by cleaning and brightening the entrance to your home – power wash exterior siding and make sure exterior light fixtures are clean and in working order. Add a simple, sisal or rattan welcome mat and create symmetry by flanking the front entrance door with inviting potted winter foliage.  Leave exterior lights on when showings are scheduled to create an inviting atmosphere before buyers enter the home.  

Don’t Forget Outdoor Living Space

In an outdoor living room or covered patio, hang a soft blanket over the back of a chair, add seasonal foliage, an outdoor rug and a heat lamp or outdoor fire bowl. Keep outdoor features adequately lit and ensure that walkways are clean and clear.

 

 

Purchasing a home can be an emotional experience. To give potential buyers that warm welcoming feeling when they enter your home, pay close attention to the small details like lighting, temperature and smell, these things can often be overlooked but go a long way towards creating that emotional connection.

 

Thinking of Selling in the next 3 to 6 months? Contact Michael today for more information on staging and selling your home.

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When you’re preparing your Vancouver home for sale, it’s common to need to fix up a few things around the property before it goes on the market. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.

 

What things should you fix before listing your property for sale? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list of repairs as you get ready to sell.

 

1. Anything that squeaks or creaks

Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, such as a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? While you may be so used to it that you no longer notice the sound, prospective buyers will. These small issues can make a big impression on buyers as they view your property, so be sure to get them taken care of before your home is made available for showings or open houses.

 

Squeaky Door Hinges

 

2. Anything that’s unsightly

You don’t have to worry about making your home look absolutely show-home perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property such as the abundance of natural light, or the terrific view of the local landscape, not scuffs on the wall or dings in doors and trim.

 

Wall Dings Should Be Repaired Before Listing Your Home

 

Take a walk through your property, including the yard and other outdoor space. Put yourself in the mindset of the buyer. Is there anything that stands out to you that doesn't look appealing? If so, tidy it up, fix it up, or replace it.

 

3. Anything that’s broken 

When life gets busy, it can be common to ignore small things that need to be repaired or replaced. If there’s anything in your home that needs repair, such as an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that won't stay on its track, call a contractor or fix it yourself.

Leaky Faucet

 

Small efforts pay off in a big way

Taking care of these small issues before putting your home on the market can add up to big returns when it comes time to receiving offers from potential buyers. The more appealing you make your home to its prospective new owner, the more likely you'll be to sell quickly and for the most money possible.

 

Have more questions about preparing your home for sale?

Give me a call today at 604-910-7777. I'm always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

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