22 Jul 8 Tips for Staging Your House Prior to Sale
The real estate market in the greater Montreal, Laval and South Shore region is heating up. A strong job market and a thriving economy is increasing demand. Inventory is relatively low, 16% less properties for sale than this time last year, which also increases competition and drives up prices. In this article we will give you 8 Tips for Staging Your House Prior to Sale which will give your home an edge to sell better.
At Mose Home Inspection Services we understand that traditional home staging is a well-established industry that focuses on making decorative changes to your home such as;
- Removing clutter
- Intense clean up
- Aesthetic changes like; new bathroom fixtures and curtains and throw rugs
As experienced home inspection professionals we at Mose Home Inspection Services see home staging from a different perspective. From our point of view, fixing a few things, prior to placing your house on the market, is a good idea because it will make your house look well maintained, and that’s exactly what buyers want to see.
Be Prepared in a HOT Market!
In a hot real estate market, like the one we are currently in, properly staging your house prior to sale is important. We also strongly recommend that you get your home inspected before you place it on the market (see our article on Pre-Listing Inspections). Once you have had your pre-listing inspection done you will have a list of things around your home that could use a little fixing.
Here are some example of the small things we might suggest after the inspection;
- Caulking – There is hardly a house out there that doesn’t need a bit of caulking. Caulking keeps the rain out so it’s important to keep it in good condition.
- Downspouts – The simple task of adding a downspout extension can cure a leak in your basement now or sometime in the future.
- Gutters – Clean your gutters, nothing says you don’t care more than plants growing in the gutters!
- Plumbing – Slow drains, dripping taps, can make buyers suspicious of bigger problems. It’s an inexpensive fix to replace some washers and old taps.
- Electrical – GFCI’s in the kitchen and bathrooms. Even if you have an old fuse panel, you do not have to change it. Just make sure it functions properly and above all it has the correctly sized fuses in it.
- Windows and Doors – A simple tip here is to remove and clean the screens and clean the tracks so they work smoothly. Also a little bit of good quality spray lubricant will go a long way to making doors and windows open and close smoothly and quietly giving them a well maintained look and feel.
- Heating – Wash the air exchange filters and core, as well as vacuum the inside. Change the furnace filter. Another good trick is to vacuum any baseboard heaters, so they don’t smell when they are turned on.
Another important piece of advice is to declare everything else from your inspection report on the vendor declaration. Any major issues, like the roof or heat pump for instance, get estimates but fixing them is not mandatory.
Doing a traditional staging your house prior to sale helps make your home more appealing to today’s home buyer is still a good idea in many cases. However, at Mose Home Inspection Services we believe that anyone selling their home will be doing themselves a big favor by following these simple steps the home staging, MOSE style! If you would like to get a pre-listing inspection of your home before putting it on the market contact Mose Home Inspection Services at 1-855-426-1095 or visit www.mosehomeinspection.com to book your appointment.
We hope that with proper planning and staging your home will not only look great, but it will function great too and sell faster!
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