First Impressions Count - Home Staging for Resale

Just as with people you meet -a good first impression leaves a lasting memory. You want a potential buyer to remember your home over and above all the others they have seen. You are selling a lifestyle which will secure a quick and profitable sale. There is nothing more inviting than a clean, fresh, light and bright home. *In Staging a home for resale, the recommended guideline for a home staging budget is 1% of the asking price. For example, if you are listing your home for $250,000.00 expect to spend up to $2,500.00 on improvements to your house.

Home staging is a fairly new concept in the Canadian Real Estate market. Staging a home involves strategically arranging and editing furnishings and accessories to show your home at its best. Home Stagers envision the possibilities of a space. As a home owner, it is often difficult to be objective about what is pleasing to a potential buyer. Often the task is daunting and the home owner has neither the time nor the energy to devote to freshening up their home when their focus is on moving to a new place.

The goal to staging a home is to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. Engaging the buyer begins with curb appeal. If the outside of the property is not welcoming, the potential buyer already has a preconceived vision of its interior. The tone of the home must be set before the front door opens. The impact should be immediate and definitive. The potential buyer should feel welcomed and engaged and filled with anticipation about viewing the other spaces in the home. It is important to create a seemingly effortless flow and balance throughout the home. This is achieved primarily through colour and furniture placement.

  • Neutralizing wall colours allows the potential buyer to focus on the architectural features of each room

  • Defining each space takes the guess work out of its function

  • Editing a room allows the eye to focus on essential pieces

  • De-cluttering and Organizing possessions using creative storage solutions gives the illusion of available space

  • Depersonalizing a home of family photos and treasures, allows the viewer to picture themselves in your home

  • Stylizing and Accessorizing is as simple as presenting artwork correctly and introducing new textiles and creative accents strategically in a space

The Home Staging process usually begins with a 1-2 hour consultation. Some Stagers leave a detailed list while others generate lengthy reports. The Home Stagers walk through the home with the agent and/or homeowner to discuss the updates needed to achieve the optimum results within the given budget. The home owner and/or agent are then encouraged to make the recommended updates.

Home Stagers offer a hands on service where they physically carry out the recommended improvements. Stagers will work with the home owner to address some or all of the problem areas. Depending on the level of difficulty, the Stager will recommend trades people as needed.

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Kayla Prior
  January 28, 2023

We worked with Kim to sell our home in summer 2021 and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Kim’s invaluable insights and intimate knowledge of the market in the area meant we could confidently prepare and list our home even in the uncertain conditions that existed at the time. Kim’s personability also made her a delight to work with and I would be happy to recommend her to anyone!

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Bob Gill
  January 25, 2023

We were referred to Lori and the VanDinther Team when we needed some trustworthy advice when deciding whether to renovate and stay or look for a more suitable already renovated home. Lori and her team provided unbiased solid advice based on their wealth of knowledge and experience in our market area. I would highly recommend the VanDinther Team for any Real Estate need you may have.

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R L
  January 13, 2023

We had a very good experience with Kimberly. Her knowledge of the area is excellent and she provided honest and insightful advice about different locations. She was responsive to our preferences. We couldn't attend our second pre-closing visit so she went herself and provided us with a video walk through which was really helpful. Her recommendations for services in the area were also a nice touch.

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Shannon Ferr
  January 13, 2023

Kim was our realtor and she was great! She is very knowledgeable about the Hamilton area and seemed to have our best interest in mind when helping us find a home. Some realtors can be pushy on you to buy quickly so they can collect commission, but we didn’t feel that way with Kim at all. Kim made the experience as enjoyable as it could be as first time home buyers.

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