There’s a wide range of activities you can implement when staging your Shuswap home for sale - but rather than getting overwhelmed by all the small details, here are some key areas of focus that can help transform your space in a way that makes it much more appealing to potential buyers.
Depersonalize & Declutter
As harsh as this may sound, buyers don’t want to see photos of your family all around the house; they want to be able to envision themselves living there. Packing away personal items is a great way to jump start packing for your own move and it allows potential buyers the opportunity to picture their own belongings within the home. As you’re pairing down your personal collections, don’t forget to declutter your surfaces and remove big, bulky furniture that may distract buyers from being able to appreciate the room sizes. The goal is to create a spacious, yet comfortable atmosphere for those walking through.
Walls & Ceilings
Examine all the ceilings and walls for water stains or dirt, as we don’t often look closely at the walls that surround us. There could be residual stains from leaks that have long been fixed, or an accumulation of dirt in an area you hadn’t noticed. Adding a fresh coat of paint on your walls and ceiling may also be one of your best investments when preparing your home for the Shuswap market. New paint can take years off the appearance of your home, dramatically increasing its perceived value. Remember to choose modern, neutral colours that brighten up the space and appeal to a wider audience of potential buyers.
Carpet & Flooring
If you have carpet in your home and it appears worn, old, or outdated, consider replacing it. These days, many people prefer to have no carpet in their home because it's much easier to maintain. There are plenty of flooring options to choose from - and you can even get the look of hardwood with a less expensive laminate or vinyl plank.
Plumbing & Fixtures
All sink, tub, and shower fixtures should look clean and fresh. Check to make sure all hot and cold faucets are easy to turn on and that none of the faucets have leaks. If you do find a leaking faucet, take the time to fix or replace the unit, as leaks can cause a red flag for potential buyers who may assume there’s more expensive issues lurking behind the walls too.
Remember: The goal isn’t to re-vamp your entire home, but rather simply avoid causing any negative impressions due to noticeable damage or over-clutter in your house. Once you’ve covered all these bases, your property will be in prime shape for its time on the market.
If you’re ready to stage your home for success and make a Shuswap move, connect with me today at 250.832.7051 or firstname.lastname@example.org