Don’t Make These 5 DIY Toronto Home Staging Mistakes!June 23, 2015
Got your home on the market? If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to stage your home so that it appeals to the masses of buyers. But before you start the Toronto home staging process, make sure you avoid the following 6 no-no’s:
Failure to Eliminate Odours
The inside of your home can be spectacular, but with foul smells lingering in the air, it can actually put a damper on how buyers perceive you home. If there’s a certain smell in your home that’s less than pleasing, get rid of it. Whether it’s pet odours, cigarette smoke, last night’s salmon dinner, or even an over-abundance of cheap perfume, you’ll need to do what it takes to eliminate them, and instead fill your home with more pleasant aromas.
Leaving Clutter Behind
Nothing is more of a turn off than leaving piles of mail on the table, dirty clothes on the floor, or boxes stacked in the hallway. Clutter has no place in the world of home staging. If you’re on the midst of selling your home, make sure you get rid of anything that makes the home look distracting. According to owner of Toronto staging company Hope Designs, Lori Howard, collections tend to be take up too much space. “If you post pictures of the house online, potential buyers likely will notice the clutter and be distracted by the collectibles. It becomes chaotic to the eye,” Howard said in a recent interview with SelfStorage.com.
Forgetting About Curb Appeal
Many times homeowners focus solely on the interior of their homes when staging rather than paying attention to the exterior property as well. It’s important to take a step back and get the big picture of exactly what your front yard looks like. This way you’ll be able to spot any unattractive features that may turn buyers off. Having well-care door grass, shrubs and trees, and flower beds can do wonders to create amazing curb appeal that will make a positive first impression on a buyer.
Making Odd Improvements That Go Against the Flow of the Home
Many home improvements help to boost the value of a home and make it more attractive the masses, such as kitchen or bathroom remodels. But the odd improvement that is not consistent with the rest of the home could prove to be a detriment. For instance, if the home is outdated, an overly modern room makeover will stick out. Make sure that your home improvements are streamlined, and evenly spread out throughout your home.
Keeping All Your Family Photos and Personal Items Out
The idea behind staging is that you want buyers to see themselves living in the home. But if all they see is photos of your and your family, and personal artifacts like your children’ artwork or collectibles that you gather from your worldly travels, it’s make it more difficult for buyers to picture themselves calling the home their own. Do yourself a favour and put these personal items away while your home is on the market.
While you should definitely clear some things out, don’t leave the rooms bare. Getting rid of many large pieces can make it more difficult for buyers to see the potential in that space. Leaving rooms empty may make buyers think there isn’t enough space for certain pieces. It can also leave them feeling confused about how the space can be used.
Contact Hope Designs for All Your Toronto Home Staging Needs
At Hope Designs, we know exactly what buyers in your neighbourhood are looking for. And we make sure to stage your home so that buyers visiting your home find exactly what they want. To get your home sold for top dollar and fast, contact award-winning Toronto home staging company Hope Designs today.