Bathroom Staging Tips from Professional Home Stagers

There’s a reason why there are “kitchen and bath” stores, and even design magazines devoted to these rooms. A well-staged kitchen and bathroom can
make the entire home look better. So, it’s no surprise that professional home stagers pay particular attention to these spaces.

What do these pros have to say about bathrooms?

Professional stagers advise that you start by taking a picture of the room. Looking at that picture will give you a better sense of how others see your bathroom and reveal what needs to be changed. Then, de-personalize it.

When you’re showing your home to buyers, you want the bathroom to resemble a guest bathroom. So, no shaving kits, toothbrushes, sticky notes to self on the mirror, etc.

Stagers also recommend that anything worn be replaced. This will likely include the shower curtain and mats, which tend to wear and stain quickly.
Hang fresh new towels on the rack. (If you’re buying new towels for this
purpose, choose white.) Put an unused bar of soap or hand cleaner next to the sink. Make it look like a freshly stocked hotel bathroom.

If required, paint the walls. Off-white colours, including beiges and light greys, work well. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to stage your bathroom and make it look its best for buyers.

Looking for more staging tips? Call today! (416) 779-8732

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Lighting Mistakes that Turn Off Buyers.

Lighting plays an important role in staging your home for sale. It impacts the look and feel of a room, and contributes to the impression buyers will form about that space. With that in mind, let’s look at lighting mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

The first is too much lighting. If the lighting is too bright, it can make the room seem sterile and harsh. You want the lighting to create a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Decorating experts recommend that all lights have shades or coverings, so there is no tiny sun shining in a buyer’s face.

Another mistake to avoid is too little light. Check areas of your home that look dim. Brighten them up by adding a new lamp. Pay particular attention to closets and hallways.

Finally, make sure all lights are working. Try all the switches. Check outside lighting, where a burned out bulb can often go unnoticed. If a light bulb is flickering, it may be dying, so replace it.

Improving lighting is one of the easiest ways to make your home look better to buyers.

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When a Buyer Makes an Offer, What Happens Next?

Imagine you’re selling your home and an offer from a buyer comes in. You’re excited. Your home might soon be sold!

What happens next?

Typically, we will review the offer together. There will likely be several things about the offer that need to be carefully considered. The most common are:

• The offer price.
• Evidence the buyer is financially able to purchase the property.
• Conditions on the offer, if any.

If the offer price is far less than you anticipated, there might be an opportunity to counter-offer at a higher price. This is part of the art of negotiation, which is an important step in selling your home successfully. The buyer’s ability to afford your property is also important.

Ideally, you’ll want to see a Pre-Arranged Mortgage Certificate from the buyer’s lender, or some other evidence that there won’t be any financial problems closing the transaction. The amount of the deposit is also key.

Finally, you’ll want to look at conditions. The most popular condition requires that your property pass a home inspection, but there may be others. Obviously, an offer with no conditions is ideal.

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Who Needs a Home Office?

With the availability of more and more powerful mobile technology, it’s reasonable to presume that there is less need to dedicate time and space to a permanent home office. However, we also know that, from time to time, we need the opportunity to isolate ourselves at home, in order to get certain tasks accomplished.

Getting “down to business” is a part of life, whether it’s for a student cramming for exams or a homeowner budgeting for a new mortgage. Getting these tasks done can require much less time if they’re easily accommodated.

Fortunately, thanks to new modern furnishings that are flexible and adaptable, it’s no longer necessary to create a space that is uniquely dedicated to work.

Nowadays, a homeowner can create a convertible workspace that allows a room to serve a dual role. By installing shelving that can fold out to a desktop, a worktable with an adjustable height, or a bed that folds up into the wall, any room can have the flexibility to serve as a quiet place to read, study or pay monthly bills, and convert into a cozy, welcoming guest room.

So, the truth is, we all need a home office – but we don’t necessarily need it to be a dedicated single-use space.

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Beyond Boxes: Packing Materials You May Need for your Move

As you can probably guess, when you’re preparing to move, you’ll need boxes and tape — and, perhaps some bubble-wrap or old newspapers to use as protective wrapping for delicate items.

But that may not be all you need. Take a look at this list and see if you’ll want any of these on hand while you’re packing or on moving day.

• Colour markers for labelling boxes. (Tip: Colour coding boxes by room will make unpacking much easier.)
• Stretch wrap to protect larger items that can’t fit into a box.
• Small plastic bags to store dis-assembled parts, such as sofa legs, cabinet hardware, etc. (You don’t want to lose them!)
• Moving blankets to protect floors.
• A dolly or hand truck to move heavy items. (You can rent these.)
• Mattress moving bag. This helps prevent stains and tears during your move. You can also buy specialty bags for sofas and tables.
• Reusable foam furniture sliders, to protect floors when furniture needs to be pushed into place.
• Foam corner protectors. This prevents furniture with sharp corners
from banging and damaging other items during a move.

Planning ahead and having the right packing materials on hand will make your move less stressful and, hopefully, damage-free!

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Chatting About Real Estate.

In just about every community, neighbours chat from time to time. It could be a simple “Hello. How are you today?” or it might be a more in-depth conversation on any number of topics.

Sometimes that conversation turns to real estate, especially if your neighbours are thinking of selling their home in the near future. They might say they’re looking for real estate help, or even ask if you could recommend a good agent.

When that situation comes up, I hope you’ll consider giving your neighbours my name. I’d be happy to help them with the answers, advice and other information they need. And, I promise to treat them like I do all my clients – as VIPs!

Of course, if you need real estate help, I’m always here for you too.

All The Best,

Ruth

“Dollar Store” Items that Make your Home Look Great to Buyers!

When you’re selling your home, it’s a little like having company over. You want to make your home look its best. The only difference is in how high the stakes are. When friends come, they simply visit. When buyers come, you want them to be so impressed with your home they’ll want to put in an offer.

One way to do that is to make a trip to the dollar store. There are some great inexpensive home improvement items you can buy that will make a big difference. Here are a few examples:

• New welcome mats for the front door and foyer.
• Replacement light bulbs, with the proper wattage for each room.
• A new lamp or two for areas that aren’t currently well lit.
• A new houseplant or two. (Have at least one with flowers.)
• Colour-matching wood filler pens to repair scuffs and cracks in wood items, such as cabinets and tables.
• Plastic bins to help eliminate clutter from closets and other areas.
• New towels for the bathrooms.

Of course, you can buy these items anywhere – but you don’t need to spend a lot. Everything on this list is relatively inexpensive and can help your home show better.

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