Home Staging for a Fast Sale by Margaret Caroline Harlos

Inactive Realtors in Ontario have the option to join an Ontario real estate Brokerage that help you keep your license active during your inactive times.  Save on real estate board fees and all your other needless office expenses too.  Park your license with a reputable and successful license holding Brokerage and still earn high commissions on all your sales, if any and your referrals.  Commissions are paid to you ASAP!

Home Staging, is the art of decorating a home to sell quickly and for top dollar.

So, let’s transform your home in order to attract as many potential buyers as possible.

Number One Rule: De-Clutter

• Collect all those items that are truly garbage and toss them. Call a junk removal company if necessary

• Donate to a local charity all those items that are clean and in good repair

• Garage sale – Clear out the garage too if you want people to think your home has enough space for all their stuff. Think about this as you go through your entire home. Maximize your space.

• Pare down cupboards, vanities, closets, storage areas to show maximum space.

• Pack items not currently being used and remove them from your home.

• Rent a storage unit or call a company that delivers portable storage units.

Repair everything. Patch holes, fix cracks in the ceilings and walls. Repair or replace light fixtures. Clean and caulk bath, showers, sinks. Fix eaves troughs, screens, etc. Don’t leave any little blemish that will allow potential buyers to look at the big stuff.

In 2008, we thought we found the home for us. It had everything on our wish list. And the pictures on the MLS appeared perfect. What a disappointment when we walked through the front door. The porcelain tiles being covered up with rugs, there were big dings in the hardwood floors and the list goes on. The home needed to be painted and cleaned. There were food splashes on the kitchen cupboards and the lack of spic and span showed throughout the entire home. Even the curb appeal was bad. This 4-year old home had damaged garage doors that could have been easily repaired. And of course, it made us think about all the big stuff, like how well had the home’s heating and air conditioning systems been maintained.

I received a call the following week from the listing agent asking both my personal and professional opinion. What I shared wasn’t anything she hadn’t heard from other potential buyers. The home owners wanted top dollar but were not willing to do the necessary work. The home came off the market -16 months ago. Perhaps it was not so important for them to sell.

If you are serious about selling your home, no matter the age, prepare it with a pride of ownership, let other’s fall in love with it And, get the money you want for your home.

Clean your home top to bottom.

Paint all the rooms where it is needed. Hire a professional if necessary. It’s well worth your investment.

• All the big paint companies now produce a range of Historic colours.

Just 4 or 5 wall colors in a three-bedroom house.

For ceilings, Decorators or Oxford White.

Keep all the doors and trim the same colour for the interior. Use a subtle white.

Paint all bathrooms the same colour.

Keep it Simple.

From the curb, make your front door the focal point.

Make sure that the grass is cut, trees are trimmed, garbage cleared. Treat the outside of your home with the same TLC used on the inside.

Appeal starts at the curb.

I do not recommend showing the home empty but if necessary, be sure that your home’s floors, walls and ceilings are at their absolute best. Everything must be gleaming with nothing for the buyer’s eyes to focus on but the full potential of your home. …

Do not give them the opportunity to see anything that will give them bargaining power over the price of your home.

Read what a client has say:

Thank you for helping us come to grips with the reality of selling our house. With your advice it sold in a week. We painted and got rid of a lot of stuff that had accumulated over the years and made the house a lot more attractive to sell. What a difference it makes when all that stuff you think you need is no longer here. Fixing the little things also really helped too.

Thanking you again, Ron & Amanda Gaston – Innisfil

A few reminder benefits to staging your home to sell:

• Homes that are staged sell four times faster than homes that are not – and most often for more money.

• Today’s buyers will pay more for homes that are move in ready.

• Home Staging works in both a buyers and sellers market.

• The cost of staging your home is significantly less than having to drop the listing price of your home.

About The Author

Margaret Harlos is owner of Living Organized, a professional organizing and home staging company in Ontario, Canada.

A Graduate of the Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program, a member of Professional Organizers in Canada and the past PR & Marketing Coordinator for the North GTA Chapter; Secretary for the Alcona Business Association; Sits on the Membership Committee of her local BNI Chapter.

She regularly appears on Rogers Daytime TV and her company has been featured in several local newspapers and as well a regular contributor to several webzines, as well as writing her own e-newsletter and has several e-books.

She has been a feature speaker for various business and private groups including the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Retired Teachers of Ontario and Professional Organizers in Canada.

She is the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award by The Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce in 2008.

©Living Organized – All Rights Reserved 2010

Inactive Realtors in Ontario have the option to join an Ontario real estate Brokerage that help you keep your license active during your inactive times.  Save on real estate board fees and all your other needless office expenses too.  Park your license with a reputable and successful license holding Brokerage and still earn high commissions on all your sales, if any and your referrals.  Commissions are paid to you ASAP!

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