If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ve probably heard the term “staging” thrown around.  Staging your home involves creating a space that potential buyers want to make their own.  Your home will essentially “speak” to them.  With appropriate staging, you are much more likely to sell your home in a short period of time and for the price you want.  Here are 7 home staging tips to help you create the perfect environment that will call out to potential buyers, and make them want to make your home theirs.

Eliminate the Clutter

We all have stuff that we’ve collected over the years.  They might be knickknacks that you have displayed in a curio cabinet or it could be a few extra pieces of furniture.  You could have a cabinet on which random things collect.  You might love all of your unique items, but they tell visitors that the house is already occupied.  They need to be able to envision themselves there.  Excess clutter also gives buyers the impression that your house doesn’t have enough space.  Remove anything you can live without and don’t bring anything new in unless you get rid of a couple of other items.

Along with clearing up clutter, take a look at your floors.   Finish any unfinished hardwood flooring.  Any missing floorboards should be replaced.  If you have carpets, have them steam cleaned.  Not only will this give your carpets a fresh look, it can help to eliminate pet odors.

Rearrange the Furniture

You’d be surprised at how much bigger you can make a room look with a bit of strategic furniture rearranging.  Don’t shove your furniture up against the walls.  Instead, float pieces away from the wall and organize them into groupings.  This can be especially effective in the living room where you can organize furniture in a group optimized for conversations.  Just make sure that traffic flow is obvious.

You can also move some pieces from their traditional locations and give them a new purpose.  An armchair from the living room can make a great addition to a large master bedroom.  An often ignored small table can be placed in front of a window and decorated to be rebranded as a writing table.

Transform Extra Rooms

If you have a room that just seems to be a catchall for random junk, now is the time to get creative.  Turn the “junk” room into a room with a purpose.  Depending upon its size, you can turn it into a reading nook, an office or even a spare bedroom.  You don’t have to go out and buy expensive furniture to do this.  You can use some of the extra furniture and pillows you have around your house.

Lighting

Lighting can go a long way in making your house look warm and inviting to prospective buyers.  The problem is that most homes are not lit properly.  This can be fixed quite easily by increasing the wattage of the bulbs in your current fixtures.  You should also aim for a mixture of overhead (or general), task and accent lighting in each room.

Make Some Updates

Now, you don’t need to go crazy with major updates.  A few small updates here and there, though, can make a huge difference.  Paint is one way you can do this.  Neutral colors in the living room can instantly update outdated finishes.  You are not limited to whites or off-whites.  Tans and even softer blue/green colors in a larger area can completely transform a space.  Try a darker tone in a bedroom or dining room for a more intimate feel.  If you aren’t comfortable doing the entire room, aim for an accent wall to bring attention to a cool feature like a fireplace or built in bookcase.  Painting smaller rooms, such a small kitchen and a small dining room, the same color can help to make the area look bigger.

 

Along with fresh paint, take a look at your cabinets and cupboards.  Do they give away the age of your home?  You don’t have to install brand-new cabinets and cupboards just to generate more offers.  You can simply replace the doors and the hardware with something more modern.

Accessorize

A little bit of accessorizing can make your home feel cozy and appealing.  There are a variety of ways to do this.  For one, you can get creative with wall hangings.  Rather than hang them in a straight line at the same height, stagger them.  Accessories on tables are preferable in odd numbers.  Group similar items together, but make sure they vary in height and width.  Decorate tables with fresh flowers from your yard.  You can also transform your bedroom simply by adding rich linens and soft colors.

Don’t Forget the Outside

So many people focus on staging the interior of their home that they forget about the outside.  Declutter and clean up the yard.  Small porches can be enhanced with a welcome mat and a few potted plants.  A larger porch can be more appealing with a couple of pieces of furniture and some lights.  A back porch, deck or balcony can be dressed up in a similar manner.  A few cozy rocking chairs or a porch swing, a dining table and chairs, and a hammock in the back yard can give off the impression that your home is a quiet, cozy place to be.

 Staging your home gives your potential buyers a glimpse into the possibilities that the house has.  They are afforded the ability to really imagine the home as their own.  With everything appropriately staged, your home is likely to sell quicker and for the price you want.


We offer Home Staging solutions - Contact us to find out how we can help sell your home beautifully.

 

Read Full Story

 

May 2017 Market Update

Read Full Story

Buying a house is one of the single biggest financial decisions you will ever make.  While it’s nice to daydream about your perfect home and scour the internet for available houses in your desired area, there’s a lot that goes into the process.  Here are 8 tips for homebuyers to help you navigate the process.

Make Sure You are Prepared

Buying a home isn’t something you can just jump into.  There is a certain amount of prep work that goes into the process.  You need to have money saved up for a down payment.  You may need to raise your credit score.  The minimum you should be aiming for is a 680.  Your lender will require a significant amount of documentation, such as pay stubs, a letter from your employer and bank statements.  All in all, if you are not ready now, you should give yourself at least 12 months to prepare. Please give me a call if you need help finding out how ready you are.

Determine How Much You Can Actually Afford

Based on your information, a lender may preapprove you for a certain amount.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to go out and buy a house as close to that amount as possible.  There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration.  This includes your income, your current debts, your regular spending habits, homeowner’s insurance, taxes and more.

Figure Out What You Need and What You Want

Before you even start shopping around, create a list of things that you absolutely have to have, along with those that you can be more flexible about.  For instance, maybe you have to have a garage or a basement, but you can live with carpeted floors instead of hardwood.  It’s always possible to make some changes at a later date.

Think Long Term

Don’t think about what you need for your life right now.  Think about what your life in the future.  Do you plan on keeping the same job?  Do you want to have kids?  A house is a big investment.  Make sure that you can see yourself still in that home with these changes in 5 to 7 years.

Don’t Get Deterred by Necessary Fixes

Some things, like the color of the walls in a bedroom, can be easily fixed with a new coat of paint or some wallpaper.  But other projects, such as cabinetry or redoing the bathroom, have a much bigger price tag attached, especially when you add in the cost of labor.  Don’t let that deter you from buying a house.  Instead, factor the costs into the purchase price and see if it’s still within your price range.

Purchase Price is Just a Part of the Picture

The cost of the house is just one part of the picture.  There are several other costs that get tacked on.  You have homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and maybe even HOA fees to consider.  Along with these, you also have to think about the cost of maintenance and repairs.  Make sure you compare.  Just because a house is less expensive doesn’t mean that it will automatically cost you less every month.  A cheaper house may have higher property taxes that makes it more expensive each month that a more expensive house with lower property taxes.

Down Payments and Closing Costs

You will need to factor in down payments and closing costs.  There have been several recent changes.  For homes costing $500,000 or less, you can expect to have to put down a minimum of 5%.  Closing costs vary.  They can include such things as legal fees, home inspections and more.  Make sure you budget appropriately for these items.

You Don’t Have to Buy a House Right Now

Being a homeowner is part of the American Dream.  But that doesn’t mean you have to buy a house right now.  Buying a house is a huge decision, and it’s not for everyone.  There are so many things to keep in mind.  Maybe you want the freedom to explore around a bit before you settle into an area.  Be honest with yourself and what you really want before you make such a major financial investment.

 


 

If you are interested in buying or selling your home please contact me so we can evaluate your readiness together.

 

Read Full Story
Categories: Acadia, Calgary Real Estate | Airdrie, Airdrie Real Estate | Altadore River Park, Calgary Real Estate | Applewood Park, Calgary Real Estate | Applewood, Calgary Real Estate | Auburn Bay, Calgary Real Estate | Banff Trail, Calgary Real Estate | Bankview, Calgary Real Estate | Beddington, Calgary Real Estate | Beltline, Calgary Real Estate | Braeside Braesde Est, Calgary Real Estate | Braeside_Braesde Est, Calgary Real Estate | Bragg Creek, Bragg Creek Real Estate | Bridlewood, Calgary Real Estate | Buying | Buying a Home | Buying a Secondary Suite Home | Buying Your First Home | Calgary, Calgary Real Estate | Canyon Meadows, Calgary Real Estate | Capitol Hill, Calgary Real Estate | Castleridge, Calgary Real Estate | Cedarbrae, Calgary Real Estate | Chaparral, Calgary Real Estate | Chestermere, Chestermere Real Estate | Christie Park Estate, Calgary Real Estate | Christie Park, Calgary Real Estate | Citadel, Calgary Real Estate | Coach Hill, Calgary Real Estate | Cochrane, Cochrane Real Estate | Connaught, Calgary Real Estate | Copperfield, Calgary Real Estate | Coral Springs, Calgary Real Estate | Cougar Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Coventry Hills, Calgary Real Estate | Cranston, Calgary Real Estate | Crescent Heights, Calgary Real Estate | Crossfield, Crossfield Real Estate | De Winton, De Winton Real Estate | Deer Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Discovery Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Douglas Rdg Dglsdale, Calgary Real Estate | Douglas Rdg_Dglsdale, Calgary Real Estate | Douglasdale Estates, Calgary Real Estate | Douglasdale/Glen, Calgary Real Estate | Douglasglen, Calgary Real Estate | Dover, Calgary Real Estate | Downsizing Your Home | Downtown West End, Calgary Real Estate | Downtown, Calgary Real Estate | Eastlake Industrial Centre, Calgary Real Estate | Eau Claire, Calgary Real Estate | Erinwoods, Calgary Real Estate | Erlton, Calgary Real Estate | Evergreen, Calgary Real Estate | Falconridge, Calgary Real Estate | Foothills Ind Pk S, Calgary Real Estate | For the first time since December 2014, Calgary‚Äôs residential unadjusted benchmark prices improved over the previous month. | Forest Lawn, Calgary Real Estate | Garrison Woods, Calgary Real Estate | Glamorgan, Calgary Real Estate | Glendle Glendle Mdws, Calgary Real Estate | Haysboro, Calgary Real Estate | Heritage Pointe, Heritage Pointe Real Estate | Hidden Valley, Calgary Real Estate | Home Buying | Home Staging | Improved sales to new listings ratio reduces inventory gains | info | infographic | Inforgraphic | Kelvin Grove, Calgary Real Estate | Kincora, Calgary Real Estate | Kingsland, Calgary Real Estate | Lake Bonavista, Calgary Real Estate | Lakeview, Calgary Real Estate | Langdon, Langdon Real Estate | Lincoln Park, Calgary Real Estate | Lower Mount Royal, Calgary Real Estate | Mahogany, Calgary Real Estate | Maple Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Market Updates | Marlborough Park, Calgary Real Estate | Marlborough, Calgary Real Estate | Martindale, Calgary Real Estate | Mayland Heights, Calgary Real Estate | McKenzie Lake, Calgary Real Estate | McKenzie Towne, Calgary Real Estate | Midnapore, Calgary Real Estate | Millrise, Calgary Real Estate | Mission, Calgary Real Estate | Montgomery, Calgary Real Estate | Nanton, Nanton Real Estate | New Brighton, Calgary Real Estate | North Glenmore, Calgary Real Estate | Oakridge, Calgary Real Estate | Ogden Lynnwd Millcan, Calgary Real Estate | Ogden, Calgary Real Estate | Okotoks, Okotoks Real Estate | Panorama Hills, Calgary Real Estate | Parkhill Stanley Prk, Calgary Real Estate | Patterson, Calgary Real Estate | Penbrooke, Calgary Real Estate | Prominence Patterson, Calgary Real Estate | Pump Hill, Calgary Real Estate | Queensland, Calgary Real Estate | Radisson Heights, Calgary Real Estate | Ranchlands Estates, Calgary Real Estate | Real Estate Updates & Insights | Redcarpet Mountview, Calgary Real Estate | Richmond Park Knobhl, Calgary Real Estate | Riverbend, Calgary Real Estate | Royal Oak, Calgary Real Estate | Rundle, Calgary Real Estate | Rural Foothills M.D., Rural Foothills M.D. Real Estate | Rural Rocky View MD, Rural Rocky View County Real Estate | Rural Rocky View MD, Rural Rocky View MD Real Estate | Rural Rocky View MD, Rural Rockyview County Real Estate | Saddle Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Saddleridge, Calgary Real Estate | Scarboro, Calgary Real Estate | Selling | Selling Advice | Selling Advice & Tips | Selling Your Home | Selling Your Home Tips | Shawnee Slps Evergreen Est, Calgary Real Estate | Shawnee Slps_Evergreen Est, Calgary Real Estate | Shawnessy, Calgary Real Estate | Sherwood Calgary, Calgary Real Estate | Signl Hll Sienna Hll, Calgary Real Estate | Signl Hll_Sienna Hll, Calgary Real Estate | Silverado, Calgary Real Estate | Skyview Ranch, Calgary Real Estate | Somerset, Calgary Real Estate | South Calgary, Calgary Real Estate | South Foothills, Calgary Real Estate | Southwood, Calgary Real Estate | Springbank Hill, Calgary Real Estate | Spruce Cliff, Calgary Real Estate | Strathcona Park, Calgary Real Estate | Sundance, Calgary Real Estate | Sundre, Sundre Real Estate | Sunnyside, Calgary Real Estate | Taradale, Calgary Real Estate | Temple, Calgary Real Estate | Tips from Travis | Tuscany, Calgary Real Estate | Tuxedo, Calgary Real Estate | Upper Mount Royal, Calgary Real Estate | Valley Ridge, Calgary Real Estate | Varsity, Calgary Real Estate | Victoria Park, Calgary Real Estate | Walden, Calgary Real Estate | West Hillhurst, Calgary Real Estate | West Springs, Calgary Real Estate | Whitehorn, Calgary Real Estate | Windsor Park, Calgary Real Estate | Winston Heights/Mountview, Calgary Real Estate | Winston Heights_Mountview, Calgary Real Estate | Woodbine, Calgary Real Estate | Woodlands, Calgary Real Estate