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Cream, beige, taupe and white

Does our listing have to match all those neutral open houses?

- Sarah Kelsey Primed Property Send your listing question to primedprop­erty@ gmail. com

Just thinking about selling your home raises myriad questions about what to fix and what not to. If you have a question about prepping your home for resale, email us at primedprop­ and we’ll find an expert to help you out!

Q We’ve been to a few open houses (doing research as we prep to sell our space) and we’ve noticed that everyone seems to have the same style of interior decoration. It’s all white, minimalist with some rural flair (antlers over a fireplace, for example). Our house doesn’t look like that. Is this something that people are looking for? Do we need to redecorate our place to optimize a sale?

A “When you’re getting your home ready to sell, it’s a great strategy to tour open houses and see what’s appealing to the marketplac­e,” says Andre Alves, a real estate agent in Toronto with Re/Max. “You’ll notice there are a range of buyers that don’t all have the same taste or style,” so not every house, regardless of how it’s designed, will appeal to everyone.

There’s good reason minimalist decor seems to be everywhere, he says: It’s a favourite look of stagers. The rural-modern esthetic is clean, simple, classic and easy to pull together, and it’s often seen at open houses today because more people are seeking profession­al help to spruce up their spaces.

“- With staging, buyers will be at tracted to the decor, but (with less clutter) they’ll focus on how spacious a room feels, the home’s layout and storage space and the overall feeling they get from being in it.”

T-his is key to increasing the per ceived value of your house.

Alves is quick to caution against doing too much redecorati­ng in this style before consulting a realtor or profession­al stager. For starters, you may not need to do as much work as you think you do. Bu-t, more im portant, there’s a fine line between s-imple minimalism and sterile min imalism; the latter could make your space feel lifeless and clinical, and won’t evoke the emotional response you want from purchasers.

As we know by now, staging a home helps increase its value and ensures it appeals to a wider variety of buyers. “A stager will rent the right furniture for your home and will create a cohesive look and feel at a fraction of what it would cost for you to redecorate.” They’ll also be able to design each room in a way that still lets your personalit­y shine through; this goes a long way to ensuring your place feels full of life when you finally decide it’s time to list.

His advice —if you don’t want to seek the critical eye of an expert — is to stick to easy home renovation­s that have a high return on investment, such as painting. Choose a clean, neutral colour, such as one of the whites, as that can brighten a space. From there, just focus on keeping the house clean and organized; there’s n-o need to go all out with a major re decoration in an attempt to appeal to potential purchasers.

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