Check out the ‘Before’ and “After’ Videos! The big challenge with this property was that it had so much competition on the market at the same time. With 40+ homes, some detached, some townhouses, listed already, this property could sit a long time, while its owners were left in limbo. [Read more…]
We’re full-tilt into the season for selling homes now, and sale signs are posted down every street, it seems. One thing that can’t be stressed enough is the importance of cleaning your home, and I mean REALLY cleaning it. This means that your normal dust-vacuum-swiffer routine is not enough. It’s just a good start. If you have a regular cleaner, you need to request a deep clean; this should include baseboards, window blinds, windows inside and outside, closet floors, cupboard shelves, inside appliances, inside bathroom vanities – basically, everything. If your regular cleaner declines to take on these extra jobs (for which you should definitely pay extra), then get in an additional cleaner for the specialized tasks. I cannot stress this enough.
I know of a nice townhouse on the market and, due to its’ owners’ inability to grasp the importance of thoroughly cleaning the place, the asking price has been dropped, it’s been on the market months longer than it should have been, and the feedback from every showing is negative because the place is so dirty. I know it’s difficult to keep a place looking brand-new 24/7, but it’s critical to your success in selling your property quickly and for a good price. And if you sell your house faster, you can go back to your more “relaxed” ways that much sooner. (Also, no reputable home stager will come stage your home if it’s dirty.) [Read more…]
Check out the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ videos! Elegant Strategies staged a vacant condo in Nepean last week, a one bedroom with a solarium. Generous room sizes and a very well-maintained building in a desirable location were excellent raw material, but the condo was still tired-looking and needed home staging finesse to bring it up to speed. [Read more…]
In a previous blog, I spoke about the three rooms that matter the most in helping you sell your home – the living room, the kitchen and the master bedroom. Bathrooms are important, too. Did you know that even small upgrades can make a big difference to your home’s saleability? In your kitchen, [Read more…]
According to Christine Rae, President of CSP International, the results of a new survey by the National Association of Home Builders show that environmental issues are gaining importance. [Read more…]
Have you been ignoring your foyer? First impressions are so important, but the foyer is often just the drop-off depot in a busy household – keys, mail and unwanted flyers, sports gear, the recycling bins, the dog’s leash, stuff for the dry cleaner – and the clutter over time can be a little overwhelming. It’s one thing to ignore this unwelcoming mess that greets you whenever you enter your home, but it is a total turn-off when trying to sell your home.
Another issue is improper lighting. A lot of homes are just too dark! One of my pet peeves is ceiling lights, those awful builder-installed single light fixtures that are practical at best and ugly at worst. Lighting levels need to vary in a room so it can be multi-purpose and attractive. The words ‘reading lamp’ may not crop up as often now that fewer people are actually sitting down to read a book – you know, one of those paper things, or even a book on your e-reader of whatever type – but it really is important. Pot lights, dimmers, graceful arc floor lamps, table lamps, recessed lighting under cabinets, all of these in some combination will enhance a room’s appeal, functionality , safety, and even protect you from eye strain.
Is all the furniture in your living room carefully arranged right against the walls? Did you do this to make the room look as large as possible? Well, don’t be hard on yourself, this is a common error. While it’s important to have the ability to get from point A to point B without tripping over things in a room, it really is a bit dull when we embrace this predictable layout. A corner cabinet does need a corner, I get that. Sometimes we have more furniture than we need in a room, but it’s unimaginable to dispose of pieces – the dining set that your parents had as newlyweds, still with a lot of good use and warm memories, or the tea trolley that is charming but can’t actually be rolled without leaving a little trail of splintered wood from the wheels, or the combined pieces when two households merge – but I urge you to try a simple exercise. Try moving an end table or a coffee table out of the room. Does the room still work? Is there a little more room to breathe? Do you absolutely need every bit of furniture to be used in the room that it traditionally adorns? Be a bit daring and consider disposing of the corner cabinet and its contents (or storing its contents elsewhere). Your room will feel so airy! Why not mix it up a bit, just for a change, and see if a piece looks good in another room you never considered? And when you’ve created a little more space, moving furniture away from the walls will be much easier. You will end up with a more interesting flow of space, it will be less cluttered, and it will feel like a new room because you’re using pieces differently. Doing this with lamps and art work also works nicely. Get a new look (and some exercise) without spending a dime!
The last decor sin I’ll mention today is being ‘matchy-matchy’. I am really familiar with this one! Sometimes we have matching pieces in our homes, the bedside tables, the end tables in the living or family room, pairs of lamps, pairs of chairs. Maybe the story of Noah and the ark is burned into our subconscious – everything’s better two by two! It was the thing to do 50 and 60 years ago, to buy the matching suite for a room. [For younger readers, in the living room, that means the sofa and loveseat or arm chairs are all the same design and fabric, and the end tables and coffee table all match]. And it was lovely for a long time, but it’s time to move on, folks. I’m not suggesting you put your belongings at the side of the road, but a little variety is the spice of life, as the expression goes. Try looking at a pair of chairs – can one of them be used in another room? We moved a large upholstered chair from our family room to my office and, surprise, it looks great in the office. We replaced it with a lighter, smaller chair we already owned, and created more space in the family room, which gets more traffic. The office looks more substantial and cosy with the arm chair in the corner. We split up a bedroom suite in a guest room and now both guest rooms are more functional and the first room is less cluttered and more appealing. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination and move things around. You may get a really nice surprise.
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