Staging has become a standard ‘buzz word’ in the world of real estate. Staging can help potential buyers envision themselves living in a particular space. There are the basics to home staging such as decluttering and deep-cleaning each room, painting with neutral colours, and boosting your yard with some extra curb appeal. It also helps to pay attention to the finer points of staging. Sellers who take extra steps to ‘set the stage’ around their Muskoka property can help make their property stand out in a memorable and positive way. The better an impression you make on buyers, the greater a chance you have at selling your home, cottage or condo quickly and for the price you want.
Put out the Welcome Mat. You want people to feel comfortable as they tour your home. By making them feel welcome, you can encourage a sense of hominess and belonging, which most buyers are searching for. Whether you have a large porch, or a small stoop leading into your home, set up some potted plants and flowers, a new welcome mat and if you have the room, a small table with a couple of chairs. If your exterior lights have seen better days, opt to update these as well, creating a bright and cheery entrance is an ideal way to welcome people to your home.
Take advantage of lesser used rooms to set the stage. How often do you use your dining room? Do you have a spare room which has become an oversized storage unit? As you prepare your property for listing, consider staging these rooms to showcase their function or possible uses. Set the table so it’s ready for a dinner party for four, and don’t forget to include fresh flowers or a seasonal centrepiece. Turn a spare room into a guest bedroom or an office and set the room so it looks ready to be enjoyed. New linens and pillows, a reading lamp and a few books on a nightstand for a guest bedroom, or a neatly organized desk with shelves for an office for example.
Consider your extra spaces. If you have ‘extra’ spaces around your property, turn them into positive possibilities. Space under a stairway, an enclosed mudroom, a large landing or even a classic Muskoka room should be incorporated with your staging ideas. A bookcase, sitting area or workbench can make a big difference.
Accent the positive and encourage exploration. You want potential buyers to fall in love with your Muskoka home, cottage or condo. When staging, look at transition areas within your home and use them to help guide visitors from room to room. A strategically placed accent table with a nice lamp and a piece of local art just beyond an entryway will encourage people to see what’s in the next room. Enhance long hallways with wall hangings, and a small bookcase at the far end. Area rugs on wood floors help attract the eye to space and make a room stand out.
The finer points of home staging can help you sell your Muskoka property quickly by creating a lasting and exciting impression of your property. For more ideas check out this list of tips from Houzz.
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