5 Tips for Home Staging

Home Tips Trish Pigott 24 Mar

Selling your home depends on many factors. Most importantly, it relies on the feeling it exudes when a potential buyer walks through the door. You want to make them feel welcomed and at ease. This is why home staging is so important. Although the thought of it may be overwhelming, it could help your home move quickly and for top dollar. Some realtors may even offer this service as part of their package, but if not, you can do it yourself with a little inspiration. For starters, we suggest the 3 D’s: depersonalize, declutter and decorate. Then when you’re ready, you can consider some of the DIY home staging tips below.

1. Use your resources

Can you think of an interior designer or realtor within your network? Invite them over to view the home in person and pick their brain. They may be able to direct you to local businesses that offer furniture rentals or moving services

2. Revive your rooms

Take a true and critical look at your place. Does the kitchen look outdated? Are there stains on the upholstery? Does the bathroom look worn out? Making a few changes can help freshen things up.

If your kitchen cabinets darken up the room, consider painting them. You can also update their hardware with something new for the finishing touch. Doing these updates yourself is a great alternative to replacing the cabinets, as it is much more cost-effective.

In the living room, do your rugs and window treatments pass the cleanliness check? If they are old and dirty, it’s best to get them cleaned or replaced.

Next, check out the bathroom(s). Take a look around at the sink and tiles. Re-applying the grout and caulking can make the room look fresh and clean.

3. Change your layout

If your space seems small and crowded, it is likely that you have accumulated too much furniture over the years. Consider donating, selling or storing larger items that you may want to keep for your next home. You can work with virtual room planners to help visualize the best placement for current furniture or future purchases.

Let the home’s unique characteristics do the talking. Is there leaded glass in the living room or vaulted ceilings in the entryway? Keep the curtains pulled back to showcase your gorgeous windows and use decor that accentuates the height in the room. A fresh coat of paint in a warm yet neutral colour can work like magic.

4. Boost your appeal

Ensure the entryway of the home is clean and has a nice doormat. If it’s on the larger side, a pair of outdoor chairs and side table would be a great addition. The property should smell nice when you walk in, but not overly fragrant.

While staging, try to showcase all of the possible amenities that the house can provide. It could be a nursery set up in a small bedroom, or a work from home desk in a multipurpose bedroom. Give potential buyer(s) options of how they can use the space. If your house has an awkward empty space, create a designated “drop zone” for day to day things like keys, mail and device charging.

5. Accentuate your aesthetic

Do you want your home to make a statement? While the safe and neutral choices for paint schemes are welcomed, so are splashes of colour in accessories. Bold hues in accent furniture or throw blankets are great options. Think of a theme and roll with it for select items throughout the home. This is the time to get creative with artwork as well.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell to a specific demographic, it’s best to avoid overly themed staging. Test your styling limits by mixing metallics and materials. An office space with leather chairs can be styled with a sheepskin rug and shiny lamp. Mix and match textures, colours, patterns and light until it feels just right.

It’s ready to sell!

Now that you have an idea of what your home needs, it’s time to get started with your home staging! You will feel relief as you begin to declutter. Letting go of things that no longer serve you and likely won’t serve others can be freeing and purposeful at the same time. Good luck on this next step!

It’s Almost Time for Spring Cleaning

Home Tips Trish Pigott 4 Mar

Spring is just around the corner! While nobody enjoys spring cleaning, we can all appreciate having a fresh home.

We have provided some spring cleaning tips below to help you tackle your home and get it looking its best for the season ahead.

Create a Playlist

Everything is more fun with a great playlist! Not only is music great therapy, but it can make the cleaning process more enjoyable.

One Room at a Time

Everyone likes seeing their home all sparkly and fresh, but sometimes it can be an overwhelming process to get to that point. It is best to clean one room at a time. Start with the smallest one and work your way up to the larger, project rooms!

Declutter as You Go

Spring cleaning isn’t just about shining up the brass on the door and dusting; it is just as important to declutter. Before you start cleaning a room, go through the closets and cupboards to clear out anything that can be donated or discarded.

Think Green!

Start the season off on a fresh, clean note; don’t muddy that up with harsh chemical cleaners. In today’s eco-conscious world, there are many eco-friendly and safe alternatives to regular cleaners. For example, vinegar makes a great chemical substitute for the bathroom or kitchen, and a steam cleaner is great for tile, hardwood floors, appliances and some outdoor areas.

Don’t Forget The Fridge & Freezer

The best time to clean out your fridge and freezer is right before you do your grocery shop. Dispose of anything that is past its expiration date and any almost-empty items that you won’t use. Before you restock be sure to wipe down the interior of the fridge with disinfectant and a damp cloth. The same can be done for the freezer but you’ll have to defrost it first!

Clean Air Reduces Allergies

Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most overlooked parts of spring cleaning. Consider replacing your standard filter with a more robust one that has a higher rating. This is a healthier option that will catch smaller particles to ensure your home is void of allergens, chemicals and odors. Your allergies will thank you later!

Why You Should Get a Home Inspection

Home Tips Trish Pigott 24 Feb

A home inspection may not be the most exciting part of your home buying journey, but it is extremely important and can save you money and a major headache in the long run.

In a competitive housing market, there can sometimes be pressure to make an offer right away without conditions. However, despite the competition, you should never skip out on things designed for buyer protection.

You may have a good eye for décor and love the layout of your potential new home, but headaches can lie beneath that. We have all heard the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover” so why would you make the most important purchase in your life without checking it out?

In fact, there are five reasons that a home inspection might just be the best $300-$500 you ever spend.

It Provides an “Out”

When buying a new house, it is always best to avoid taking chances. A house may look great on the surface, but there can be hidden structural issues such as a cracked foundation or damaged roof that can easily turn into expensive repairs. A home inspection can help reveal these issues and provide an ‘out’ for the buyer.

If you find something that will cost a considerable amount to replace or repair, you can ask the seller’s agent for a price reduction. For example, a leaky roof may cost a few thousand dollars to replace. It’s worth asking to see if the seller would split the cost with you. If the price cannot be re-negotiated then it is best to just walk away, unless you’re prepared for the expense.

It Confirms Safety and Structural Integrity

A home inspection confirms the structural integrity. During an inspection, the inspector will review everything from the attic to the basement, and will look for things like mold, holes in the chimney, saggy beams or improper wiring.

It Reveals Illegal Additions or Installations

Similar to determining safety and structural issues, home inspections can also reveal hidden additions or DIY installations. These can often cause trouble down the road. If the seller wired the house improperly or used sub-standard materials, it could null and void your home insurance.

It Forecasts Future Costs

A home is an ongoing expense. Unless it is brand new, there will be regular maintenance and updates required to replace things when they become old and inefficient. For instance, water heaters typically last 6-10 years, roofs around 20 years and furnaces up to 25 years. The home inspection report will include a life expectancy for each of these big-ticket items, as well as a replacement estimate.

And Lastly, a Home Inspection Provides Peace of Mind

Finally and perhaps most importantly, getting a home inspection is important for your own peace of mind. A home is a huge investment that you will be paying off for 20 to 30 years. It is much easier to feel good about your investment knowing that the house is safe and there won’t be any surprises. While a home inspection isn’t free, peace of mind is priceless and the cost of an inspection is worth it!

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