Is Home Staging in Toronto Real Estate Market Important? You Bet It Is!
Home Staging in Toronto Real Estate Market can make the difference between a great sold price for a home and one that is just within or below market value, depending on what the condition of the home is. Clients often ask us if they should spend money and time on staging. Our answer is YES!, BUT, the type of home staging that is done is key. It doesn’t mean a total overhaul of the home, you don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water….
Home Staging Consultation – Staging With What You’ve Got:
In most cases, there is no need for “everything to go!” A great home stager can come in, do a consultation, and make a plan with what you should do to make your home more attractive for the sale of a property. When you live in a house or condo and use it as a home, the items you use and how you have it arranged are very different from what a property should look like if you are selling it. Many times, a rearrangement of furniture or decluttering certain items or identifying one purpose per room can make all the difference in the world. An expert can help you with that, as home staging takes someone who knows what they are doing, it is not as easy as it looks on the TV shows.
Best Staging To Do – Paint, Paint, Paint, Paint:
If you cannot do anything else, then paint, paint, and more paint to get the optimum result for home staging in Toronto real estate market. A fresh, neutral coat of paint will look bright, appealing, and clean to potential home buyers. And if you are not someone who can paint neatly within the lines, get a professional to do it. This is not a job for your teenage son and his friends on the weekend. It is worth the investment to paint the interior of your house. And this is about getting your home ready for sale, not about your favorite color. Pick a great neutral that looks good in sunny and shady rooms, like Benjamin Moore’s Mayonnaise. Make sure to do a primer, plus TWO coats of paint – not one! It makes a difference. Paint your trim white, a great color is Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White. Trust me, these two colors look good in ANY room. Grey is NOT the new white – most shades of grey are cold, sterile, and institutional. It’s a difficult color to choose properly, so don’t risk it. Choose the Mayonnaise and you’ll see a great result!
Declutter to Maximize Space – Not to Create a Hollow Echoing Chamber:
What does decluttering even mean?
Declutter is a catch word now that everyone uses. “Just declutter the room,” I’ve heard more than one person say. Decluttering does not mean to remove every single thing from a room, leaving only a bed plus two night stands or a sofa, coffee table, plus chair. It is about taking away items that are unnecessary that deter someone from reacting favorably to the room. In other words, look at your current living room. Do you have piles of magazines next to the arm chair? Do you have two or three throws hanging over the back of the sofa or crumpled in the corner? Has the extra chair from your grandmother’s house that you had to have, been squeezed into a corner, just so you can keep it? Have your book shelves become a home for any item that you don’t have room for elsewhere? Decluttering is about showing off the space properly to show its potential. In everyday life, your room is wearing a t-shirt in jeans. When your house is on sale, you want it dressed up in the prom dress, ready for a great night out. You want your house or condo to look its best. A professional will know how to use negative space or empty space properly, which color of accessories to use, and how your furniture should be arranged to maximize the flow and room size.
Pick an Accessory Color, Not Monochromatic – Buyers Won’t Remember Your House Otherwise:
In the past two years, the predominant color seen in homes has been grey and white. At first, the grey and white was refreshing like a breath of fresh air. Into the second year of this combination, the colors grew tired, monochromatic, and hold little inspiration for a potential buyer. Indeed, we’ve noticed many a buyer, reacting negatively to this monochromatic view. A splash of color, reflective of the season, makes all the difference. It makes the rooms come alive, and can be a unifying factor that creates a flow from room to room and makes the feel of the home cohesive. The color of the room, the main pieces of furniture, should be neutral. Then, choose a bright pop of color for accessories. This can be as simple as adding a few throw pillows in a brighter color, a few items on a shelf, a throw, a lamp, a painting on the wall – anything that emphasizes a little color. And be consistent in that color. Use that burst of color in each room, in small items or a statement piece. It’ll subconsciously create a sense of peace and harmony for the potential buyer, differentiating your home from the next. And it will make the potential buyer stay in your home a bit longer, and make them consider your home as a suitable property, if you choose the right color.
Home Staging in Toronto real estate market doesn’t have to be scary or cost thousands for everyone. There are some simple things you can do to help get your home ready to sell. The best thing to do, is plan ahead. If you are even thinking about putting your house up for sale, contact your favorite real estate professional 2-3 months before. Or 1 year before if you’re doing renovations. They can give you the best advice or put you in touch with a home staging professional, who can give you a “To Do” list so you know what to do to get ready, on your own timetable, in a stress free environment. Think about as a makeover challenge – if you were to look at your home with fresh eyes, as a buyer, what would you love to see it be?
For more information or questions about home staging, contact Rayissa at 416-400-0805 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Not only is Rayissa a certified and active real estate professoinal, she is also a professoinal home stager who has staged condos, townhouses, semis, and detached homes for clients. Indeed, for clients of Sandy and Rayissa, home staging consultation is a benefit or bonus their clients get.