Many real estate experts agree that if you put a Vancouver condo up for sale and a few weeks go by without so much as a single bite, something’s needs to be done asap. After all, the longer it’s on the market, the less appealing your home will become to potential buyers – similar to the ol “why are you still single? There must be something wrong with you” psychology.
That’s why at that point Michael McNamara — co-owner of Revamp Home Staging (www.revampconcepts.com) — believes you have one of two choices: Either drop your asking price by tens of thousands dollars, or stage your home for thousands of dollars. Do the math and you’ll see why so many sellers choose the latter option. Here, then, is some of McNamara’s top staging tips:
Remember scale is crucial
If you’re dealing with limited square footage and you’ve got a disproportionately big couch dwarfing your living area, you should replace it with smaller seating to give the illusion of more space.
Depersonalize your decor
This isn’t about showing off how homey you’ve made your condo; it’s about presenting an inspiring canvas to potential buyers, so they can let their decor imaginations go wild. With that in mind, you might want to pack up all those eclectic knick-knacks you’ve collected over the years.
Neutralize your colour palette
Say goodbye to your feature wall and don’t take any risks with an accent colour that some may an deem an “acquired taste.” Instead, give your condo a paint job, using softer, neutral shades that will appeal to the masses.
Light things up
You can never really have too much lighting, so the more floor lamps etc, the better. Also, don’t underestimate the power of natural light. Whenever possible, only show your home during daylight hours.
Set the mood
If there’s temporary construction going on, or high volume traffic within earshot, you might want to distract their auditory senses with some soft music. But don’t crank it. And like your decor, the tunes should be as beige as possible – think adult contemporary.
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