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4 Easy Steps Before Listing An Occupied Home

Welcome to our first blog post . In this post, I will be sharing a few tips on how we work with you to prepare for the sale of your home . As we go along , we will be blogging about different topics, but our goal  is to give you up to date interior designing tips, home decor ideas, and to inspire you in your everyday life. So please make sure to keep checking our website for updates and new blogs. In this blog, we will focus on occupied homes.

First of all, we understand that many people have never enlisted the help of a home stager to assist them with the sale of their property.  We also know that the whole process of staging your home may be daunting and a bit overwhelming. We are flexible and are happy to do as much or as little as you, our client would like.

Below is the basic process of home staging and the steps that need to be done before any pictures or marketing is done.

Step #1: Home Staging Consultation

The consultation generally takes one hour although it could take an hour and a half.  We will walk through your home and give our opinion on where you should spend your money, what you should store, how you should arrange your furniture and pick paint colours if necessary.

Step #2: De-cluttering, Packing and Storing

What is De-cluttering :

This is to remove mess or clutter from a place . You want to show your potential buyers how beautiful your home is and the potential it has and how spacious it is. De-cluttering is very essential in the staging process. Before even thinking of calling an agent or your favourite photographer, declutter and pack anything that you need that you don't want your prospective buyers to see, then finally store them.

Note: I am only suggesting to store what you might need after the sale of your home NOT the things you don't need. Oh, and this doesn't mean storing it in that empty room that hasn't been used in a while. What I mean is, finding a safe place to keep them, if possible use a storage facility.

Overwhelming clutter makes it hard for prospective buyers to see the true potential of a home and may cause them to scratch your house off their list. We work with you and help you through this whole process . This can take a day or a week depending on the amount of work involved. Don't let home buyers miss the beauty of your home; that cozy fireplace hiding behind a bulky recliner, or the spaciousness of the kitchen hidden under all the appliances and cereal boxes strewn across the counter-tops. Show it's beauty. Get rid of anything you don't need.

Step #3: Depersonalizing.

Yes, we know that family picture looks beautiful on the wall, your wedding photos, certificate of an accomplishment etc. Although we are rightfully proud of our families and accomplishments, these distract buyers from the features of the house. When they leave your house, you want them to remember how well layed-out it was, not that cute picture of your grandson or your beautiful wedding photo .

We always encourage our valuable clients to disconnect themselves from the home by simply depersonalizing the home so that it can sell quick and receive many offers. We understand that this is one of the hardest things to do, mostly if you've lived in your home for over 20+ years. So we totally understand if you resist some of the changes we might suggest, but we will take you through the whole process, advise on what to change and remove.

Step #4: The Staging Day.

This is the fun day, We can work with your furniture and accessories, arranging them in the best way possible in order to make your property look its very best. If something doesn't look good, we replace it with something else. For example, we have had scenarios where a dinning table was fairly large and it was taking up all the space, so in this case we replace it with a smaller table. For some properties like vacant homes, we bring in everything from sofas, to dining sets, artwork and area rugs. For occupied staging, we work with what you have.

I hope  these 4 easy steps give you an idea of how we work. Do you have a topic in mind that you would like us to blog about? Please write to us and let us know, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR FIRST BLOG POST? Comment below, and click the share bottom and let us know your thoughts. 

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