Staging Tips for Selling Your Condo
Tuesday Nov 02nd, 2021
There's never enough storage!
Storage is perhaps one of the biggest issues with condo living. There just isn’t enough of it.
That, and daily living, brings clutter – from food packaging to clothes to outdoor boots and shoes, to paperwork.
There’s just lots of that – and we need it for daily living. However, in most condo’s there’s just not enough room to store it all.
If you’ve got a storage locker in the basement of the building, you’re one of the lucky ones – but if you don’t have proper storage solutions there it usually isn’t big enough.
When you are living in your condo you find clever hacks for clutter…. but when you are selling lack of storage becomes a big issue.
If your condo looks full it will signal to buyer that it’s too small and won’t fit their needs.
If it’s too cluttered prospective buyers will be distracted by the individual items (and their volume) and will miss that great countertop in the kitchen or the wonderful view of the lake or downtown. It’s worth remembering that your condo is likely not the only one they will see that day when out viewing so you want to make the showing one worth remembering. You can do this by highlighting the feature that made you buy it in the first place. What was that? How can you make this a memorable feature? If you can’t be there anything else, you can highlight. Sometimes being the most organized or cleanest makes it memorable.
If you’re not able to sell/donate/throw out items I do recommend renting a storage locker off-site – even if it’s only for a few months. It’s usually not that expensive. Besides, once you start paying for extra space you start evaluating whether you really want to pay to store and then pay to move these items.
The cost of renting storage space is far lower than accepting a lower sale price for your suite.
Don’t let clutter affect the selling price of your home!
One great way to reduce the look of clutter is by purchasing a number of similar storage boxes. The trick is to ensure that they are all the same size or at least the same colour. This makes your items look neat and tidy and easier for the eye to read.
What is she talking about you ask? Yes, I hear you asking!
When your eye sees a collection of items – boxes in this case – if they all look the same, they register as one. If they are all different it registers as many – they are more visually distracting which a buyer will see as clutter.
Tidy your space, keeping similar items together then “package (sort and organize)” your belongings into boxes that all look alike.
Condo buildings are often sealed quite tight, especially in winter in Canada which means cooking smells linger. Prospective buyers can easily be put off a suite if the smell of cooking lingers. Some spices and herbs have a tendency to linger longer.
As a big fan of onions and garlic I know my own space often needs a spray of Febreze or a container of vinegar. Just remove the lid while you cook to let the vinegar absorb some of the smell of cooking. Replace the lid when finished.
Nothing says “this is not my house, and I can’t see myself living here” than a stale food smell to buyers.
Don’t let your home’s unique smell be the reason prospective buyers don’t come back.
Clean, clean, clean!
It doesn’t matter what you are selling – it needs to sparkle!
Clean your windows, mirrored closet doors, bathroom mirrors. Wash your light fixtures, scrub your tub!
Emphasize your best features
Think of your house going out on a date. It needs to look it’s best if it’s going to be asked out again – that’s the cleaning and organizing part.
Now, what is it about your home that makes it unique – does it have that special smile, a great laugh, is it pretty (or handsome) to look at? Does its inner goodness shine through?
What was it about your home that made you fall in love? If you bought it off a plan from the builder, think about how it was marketed to you. What features of the unit and the building did the builder emphasize? What made it stand out from the rest?
If it’s the view make sure prospective can get to the window unhampered to be able to see out. If it’s the countertop or the walk-in closet, make sure it’s clean and uncluttered.
If you have a storage locker in the basement, take a photo and make sure it’s visible to prospective buyers.
Make the most of the best features of your condo.
I’d love to chat about helping you maximize the sale of your Mississauga or Oakville condo – give me a call today on 647 215-7407