Light up your home for buy­ers

Edmonton Journal - - HOMES - LIGHT IT UP

Show the po­ten­tial of each room in a warm, wel­com­ing way. And re­mem­ber, al­ways stage from the per­spec­tive of the buyer stand­ing in the door­way.


One of the most com­mon ques­tions we get asked is “should I dec­o­rate for the hol­i­days?” The an­swer is sure, why not?

A taste­fully dec­o­rated home is at­trac­tive to the ma­jor­ity of buy­ers. I have one caveat: This may not be the time to take out all your dec­o­ra­tions. If your Christ­mas vil­lage has taken over the liv­ing room, per­haps this year leave it in the box. Too many dec­o­ra­tions can clut­ter a space and could be a big turnoff.

Mod­est and taste­ful is the key to hol­i­day decor while try­ing to sell.

Most im­por­tantly dur­ing the dreary dark days of win­ter, light up your home to give it a more wel­com­ing ap­peal. Em­pha­size the nat­u­ral light by open­ing ev­ery cur­tain or blind. Even on a cold day one can en­joy a warm sun­beam. In ad­di­tion, turn on ev­ery light for show­ings and con­sider adding more lights if you still have a dark room or poorly lit ar­eas.

Fol­low­ing these sim­ple sug­ges­tions will help your house sell and set you apart from your com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the win­ter real es­tate slow­down.

Heather Faulkner is a re­al­tor with Re/max Ex­cel­lence. She has over 12 years ex­pe­ri­ence help­ing buy­ers and sell­ers in the Ed­mon­ton area. Heather can be con­tacted with any of your real es­tate ques­tions or needs at, (780) 710-7232, or on Face­book at The Faulkner Group.

The win­ter slow­down can im­pact home sales, but Heather Faulkner rec­om­mends pay­ing at­ten­tion to the de­tails to present your home in the best light dur­ing the win­ter months.

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