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 a start, but just a 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 an unoccupied 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…]
Here are some great suggestions, culled from 40 years of Canadian Living© magazine.
1. If you’re renovating your home [to live in or prior to selling], start at the top floor and work your way down. You don’t want debris being hauled out through finished rooms.
2. When painting, punch holes in the rim of the paint can with a hammer and nail. The excess paint from your brush will drip back into the can – not all over the outside of the can.
3. To catch drips when painting ceilings, poke the handle of your paint brush or roller through a paper plate.
4. Choosing new window treatments? Select sheers in neutral colours that coordinate with your wall trim or ceiling for a more pulled-together look.
5. Before you choose your paint, view paint samples at different times of day. The change of light affects a paint colour’s appearance, so don’t commit until you’ve checked it out.
6. Decorating a small space? Furniture made of transparent materials, like acrylic and glass, have less visual weight than similar-size opaque pieces, making them perfect for a small space.
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…]
All of us are guilty of a couple [at least!] of the decor blunders identified in Houzz, April 2014. But there are imaginative and practical ways to correct all of them. For instance, have you ignored your foyer? [Read more…]
After location considerations, the three essential things that potential buyers are looking for, according to the Real Estate Staging Association® and Certified Staging Professionals®, are 1] hardwood floors in good condition, 2] a fresh, neutral paint job throughout the home, and 3] lots of storage space that is well-organized. Promise me you won’t go out and paint the house stark white, just because white is a neutral colour. There are so many beautiful whites, [Read more…]