Why Does my House Have to be Perfect Before I List it?

Ok, but seriously now....:)

If you were going to try and sell your vehicle, you would want it to look perfect, right? I am going to assume (dangerous, I know!) that you would take all your possessions out, any garbage, and give it a good cleaning before showing it to any potential buyers.  You would take the steps necessary to ensure you got the most money back as possible.  And the thing with a vehicle is, its not usually a good investment. Meaning that it depreciates in value as time goes by.

Now think about your house.  It is most likely the largest investment you have ever or will ever make.  It is the opposite of your vehicle.  It depends on the market you are in, but as time goes by your house will increase in value.  It will increase even more if you take good care of it.  It will increase more than that if you complete the right renovations.

So why wouldn't you want to do everything you possibly could to make sure that value isn't compromised when people come to view it?

Potential buyers are going to view your house and decide if they can see themselves living there.  When they have decided that they can, they are going to be looking for any imperfections or downfalls that they can use to lower your asking price.  If your house is perfect, you have the negotiating power, not them.

Why does your house have to be perfect? So that you get the most money out of your biggest investment.  Can you really afford for it not to be perfect?

Stay tuned for some tips on how to make your house perfect before listing or give me a call and I would be happy to help.

Have a great weekend!

I don't need to stage, my house is empty

So you've moved out of your home into a new one. Perfect, that leaves your house empty and you don't need to worry about staging or any of that jazz before you list it.  Wrong! Staging a vacant property is just as vital as staging an occupied home.  Here's why.... 1) 9 out of 10 people are not able to visualize the potential of the home when it is empty.  When you add furniture, artwork and accessories the buyers will have visual reference points to compare their own furnishings to, making it much easier to see themselves living there.

2) Your house needs to feel like a home to make that emotional connection with the buyers.  An empty house does not feel inviting or cozy.  Staging creates the feeling of home with the use of props and accessories and appeals to the largest market of potential buyers.

3) The focal points of the rooms are not as noticeable without furniture.  In staging, the furniture and accessories are used to draw attention to the right focal points of each room, such as the fireplace or a great window.  The furniture is also used to take the attention away from any drawbacks of the house, like a long and narrow living room.  Instead of feeling like you're in a bowling alley, staging can make it seem wider and more functional, rather than awkward and difficult to arrange furniture in.

Here are some examples of vacant rooms we have staged...

After staging, the fireplace is the focal point of the room and buyers can easily see themselves sitting together in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

After staging, a buyer can see that there is plenty of room for a queen set, but also room for their king set if they have one.

Make sense? Good ;)

Need some help understanding what staging does for your property? Call Colette at 403-505-3638 or email at colette@funktionaldesigns.ca

Happy Monday!