The Art of Home Staging for A Successful Sale

Staging your home is debatably one of the easiest yet most effective tools to help you sell your home. It ensures that buyers are able to see it in its very best light and can help emphasize what your property can offer while avoiding expensive renovations! 


Staging starts from before buyers even enter your home, it starts with;


Curb Appeal.

If you don’t own a pressure washer, consider renting one for a weekend! Remove the dirt and grime from your sidings and your walkways. Clean up the edges around the flowerbeds. Even if it’s the dead of winter, filling large planters with evergreen shrubs will surely ‘spruce’ it up a bit! This maintenance will cost you more in sweat than dollars and will help your house catch the eye of perspective buyers.


Once moved indoors, the first room most buyers go to first is:


The Kitchen.

Kitchens sell homes. Clear clutter off the countertops, even small appliances. Consider giving your cabinets a refresh with neutral paint colour. Changing outdated hardware is another simple DIY. 


Once they’re moving into the rest of the home it’s important to:


Rethink Furniture Placement.

There's a common belief that rooms will feel larger if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn't always the case. Instead try floating the furniture away from walls. Another great way to give a room an enlarged feeling, lighten the space and make it feel welcoming is to amp up your lighting. This is as easy as simply increasing the current wattage in your lamps and fixtures!


With the year we’ve had, it’s important to be conscious of the push towards remote work or working from home. Therefore, you may want to:


Add Functional Office Space.

If you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to a home office, consider carving out a nook in a spare bedroom or a corner of the living room to give them a visual of a potential work from home space.


As your buyers are trying to imagine themselves making your home, their home, you also want to:


Depersonalize:

Pack your photos, and personal artwork items to take to your new home, leaving modern and neutral pieces for added flair. Another important note for depersonalizing your home is removing signs of your pets. I know you adore your furry family members (I do too), but potential buyers may be turned off by pet odors or be allergic. By removing this as a potential turn off, you’ll then be able to maximize your number of potential buyers.


I hope you feel ready to stage your home successfully, and when you’re ready to start the process of listing your home, I would be honored to be your chosen REALTOR®. Give me a call at 250.718.7851 today, so we can explore if we’d be a perfect match to work together!

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