It all begins long before you open your property to showings. Appearance is so critical that it 
would be unwise to ignore this when selling your home. You need to see your property like a prospective buyer. The look and “feel” of your home will generate a greater emotional response than any other factor. Prospective buyers react to what they see, hear, feel, and smell even though you may have priced your home to sell.


Home Staging is the art of preparing a house for sale
Statistics show that well staged homes sell about 30% faster and for at least 3% more money. Yet very often sellers struggle with the idea of spending few hundred dollars to gain thousands.  

  • Stagers represent the “eyes of the buyer” and are an objective “third party neutral” opinion
  • Home Staging maximizes a home’s selling features and minimizes its weaknesses
  • The goal is to ensure the house appeals to the broadest number of buyers
  • Staged homes get more viewings, more offers and sell for more money — regardless of the conditions of the Market
  • Only 10% of buyers are able to visualize a home’s potential — without Home Staging you miss out on 90% of your Buyers waiting for the “right” one
  • Home Stagers address curb appeal, home odours, clutter, personal decor, upgrades and repairs
  • Investing in home staging costs significantly less than a price reduction once the home is on the market
  • These days buyers are more design savvy, and are shopping for an upgraded lifestyle
  • Home Staging Price Integrity as the appearance justifies the home’s price point
  • Staged homes on average sell up to 89% FASTER than un-staged homes!

  
Bottom Line: Why show a home “as is” when you can show it as “the best it can be”? 


Before putting your property for sale, take steps to save time, money and energy in the home selling process. Following our 10 Tips for Successful Home Staging will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money than if you did not prepare it for selling! Remember most people want to move into their new home without having to make updates to it. Our home staging tips will give you insight into what potential buyers are looking for when viewing a property for sale.
You may not have to do a complete make-over to get the maximum price, however, we have staging tips to help


Letting Go Of Clutter

When prospective buyers walk through your home, they tend to imagine it as if it were their own. You can help them envision their dream space by presenting a clean, clutter-free environment.

New Perspective

Bring a friend, your agent or home stager to help point out overlooked problem areas of clutter. When you live in a space, you get used to a space. You don’t see what others see. Trust their advice.
Remove Personal Items
Put away family photos, souvenirs, knick-knacks and personal items. These items are special to you, but the prospective buyer wants to envision their own personal items in your space. So, help them out.

Show Off Storage Space
Clear out closets, basements and garages as prospective buyers are always on the lookout for ample storage space. Now is a good time to box up unworn clothes, toys and personal items for storage or charity.
Clean, Clear Surfaces
Clear off counters, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, storing away small appliances and miscellaneous personal items. Scrub down the surfaces and perhaps even put out a bouquet of flowers.       


Create Ease of Movement
Remove and store extra furniture to create open areas that promote easy foot traffic through your home.

Quick Fixes and TLC


Potential buyers will be looking for visual clues that your home is well cared for. How much work a house seems to require will impact the offering prices you receive, so it’s worthwhile to ensure that everything is in good working order.


 
Bathrooms

Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. Outfit leaky faucets with new washers and clean any visible stains on porcelain fixtures. Replace old, worn shower curtains and bath mats. 

Walls and Floors

A fresh coat of paint instantly transforms a space, helping it to look neat, clean, and up-to-date. Always fix obvious wall imperfections like cracks and nail holes, before painting. Steam clean carpets and runners, and repair any chipped or loose floor tiles. 

                                             

Doors and Windows

Spray WD40 on all hinges so everything operates smoothly. Have windows cleaned inside and out. Potential buyers will be estimating their energy costs, so fix drafts by re-caulking windows and replace exterior doors if necessary. 

Atmosphere

Be mindful of the odours left behind by pets and smokers and consider using an environmentally friendly room fragrance to neutralize unpleasant scents. Replace light bulbs and add light fixtures in dark hallways, including basements, garages and closets.  
Curb Appeal - drive by success!

First impressions can be everything. Many people simply drive by a listing and make a decision based on your home’s curb appeal. So, don’t forget the importance of creating a well-manicured entryway – to entice potential buyers. Maintaining a neat and attractive exterior to your home will show buyers that you take pride on your property.


Landscaping

Consider planting a few bushes and colourful mature flowers to create an eye catching display. Ensure that your lawn is well manicured: mowed, watered and void of brown spots. 
Front Porch
If it’s spring or summer, plant colourful containers to flank your entrance. If it’s autumn, rake leaves. During winter, clear the snow and ice from your walkway. Whatever the season, look closely to determine if any repairs are needed. All loose cement or rotting wood should be replaced.

Front Door

Look critically at your front entrance: does the door or the porch railing cry out for a fresh coat of paint? Polish the door handle and invest in a new welcome mat.
Shine On
Many serious buyers will want to drive by your home after the sun goes down. Remember to ensure that all outdoor light bulbs are turned on in order to show your home in its best light.

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