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Home Staging Tips

Cost Effective Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing

It’s a no brainer that every seller should prepare their home for sale.  Making a great first impression is absolutely critical in getting the best price possible for your home.  Buyers love homes that are: warm, inviting, spacious, clean and bright.  If it feels like a home that’s been loved and well looked after, selling it for top dollar gets a lot easier. 

Home staging is about making your home look and feel amazing to a potential buyer.  Below are some of the very simple and cost effective tips to staging your home to help you get the best price possible:


Make your home look bigger and more spacious by getting rid of unnecessary stuff that you don’t need laying around and that doesn’t help with the sale of your home.  Declutter every room and space that you can.  Some items will invariably go to the dump while other stuff will go into storage.  For example, magazines, books, out of season clothes and so forth can be packed away out of sight (or even off-site).  Re-arranging some things can help create more space.  If your closets, cupboards or cabinets are bursting with stuff, empty out unneeded items.  The idea is to have less stuff in the home space so it looks bigger and enhances its appeal.


Pretend the Queen of England is coming over for a spot of tea and you want to impress her prudish ways.  That’s the type of clean a seller should be aiming for when staging their home.  Ideally, give your home a complete and thorough deep cleaning after de-cluttering.  Floors, counters, cabinets, baseboards, blinds, appliances (inside/out), windows (inside and out) – everything top to bottom.  At minimum, make sure your home looks organized and neat.  Buyers discount homes prices significantly because of poor show-ability. 

Brighten Up the Place

Before any viewings, let as much natural light in as possible by opening blinds and curtains.  Turn on all the lights in your house before viewings as it helps make your home more welcoming.  Lighting, if done right, can add a real warm ambiance to a home making it much more desirable for buyers.

Outside Curb Appeal

The first thing any potential buyer sees when viewing your home is the driveway up to and the entrance into your home.  That first impression sets the tone for the entire viewing.  Tidy up the outside of your home by removing unsightly items such as garbage bins and any garbage blowing around your yard.  Ideally clean your walkway and driveway so it free of debris.  Try to make sure the landscaping looks well manicured (loved and cared for).  If your ambitious, spice up the walkway with some beautiful flower pots and a new doormat.  The little touches can make a difference.

Clean and Organize Backyard

Many sellers neglect to clean up their backyards.  Messy and disorganized backyards are a flag for most buyers.  As soon as a buyer sees inconsistent staging, they start wondering what else is not looked after properly.  In many cases it only takes a few hours to clean up tools and toys so it shows well.

Keep it Neutral

When staging your home, de-personalize it as much as possible.  Remember potential buyers are trying to see themselves and their family living in your home.  If you have lots of loud art, bright garish colors, tons of family photos, it’s best to remove them during the sale process.  It takes away anything too distracting to the buyers so they can better visualize how the home is good for them.  When staging your home for sale, keep it as neutral (de-personalized) as you can.

Fix the Little Things that Need Fixing

Before putting your home up for sale fix all the little things that need to be fixed.  Squeaky doors, broken latches or door knobs, toilets or faucets that leak, burnt out light bulbs, noticeable knicks/scratches that flag neglect – anything that requires proper maintenance or is in disrepair.  If you don’t make the little fixes, most astute buyers will discount the offer price by significantly more than the actual costs would be to carry out the repair. 

No Pets

If you have any pets try not have them at the home during a viewing.  As well, make sure the home smells clean and fresh – eliminate lingering odours as best you can. 

Smell Fresh

A deep cleaning of your home should help eliminate any lingering odors.  Removing garbage regularly and before viewings, is always recommended during the sale process.  Scented plug ins are always an option for a seller if there is an ongoing odor that’s hard to eliminate.  Smells that are pleasing include cinnamon, lemon, coffee, vanilla & freshly baked goods. 

There’s lots of things that a seller can do to stage their home for a sale.  These are the just the most common and salient home staging tips.  To be sure, in some cases it does make sense to use professional staging outfits as they can do amazing work.  My recommendation to most of my seller clients is to keep it simple and cost effective.

If you have any questions or want more information about home staging, feel free to message me.

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