How to stage your home for success


The first impression you have on a potential buyer for your home can be the most important. Staging your home and being intentional on the important areas that a first look sees can be pivotal in the success of your sale and maximizing the value of the offers you will receive.

Here are a few tips that will help you on what to focus on:

Curb Appeal

As this is going to be the first thing that a potential buyer will see before even entering your home, it is important that you make sure the outside is looking as polished as the inside. Make sure your lawn and landscaping are looking great. Mow your lawn, blow the leaves away, pull the weeds, all things that cost mostly effort and time and will be worth it. Make sure your front door is clean and clear of dirt, cobwebs, and any debris, a freshly painted door can been an easy spruce up project and not super costly either.

Make Sure Your Home is Sparkling Clean

Investing in a professional cleaning service to come and do a deep clean before your home is ready for viewings is a great idea. Professional cleaners will get to all of those areas that you may not think of in your day to day cleaning and having a fresh set of eyes will likely end up with all sorts of areas you never thought of cleaning!

Clear Away the Clutter

This one is often the most difficult, but if you are serious about selling your home, all clutter must go! Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers and an opportunity to envision their own things in the home instead of looking at your things.

Tone Down Your Style

Often times homes are carefully curated to a homeowner’s taste, however your taste may not be those of your potential buyers. The easiest way to do this is to acquire storage and place things that are very style specific away while you are in the process of selling. Keeping clean sophisticated and neutral colours and items will be helpful in appealing to a broader audience of tastes in potential buyers.

Arrange Your Furniture With Style In Mind

Rearrange your furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Make sure to pull your furniture off the walls and use pairs (of couches, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area. You may have furniture put a certain way to watch tv or make room for the dog or kids to run around in your normal daily life, now is the time to locate furniture to showcase the room and make it look stylish and inviting. These steps are a great starting point to staging your home with the goal of a successful sale. I’ll touch more on professional stagers tips in one of my next blog articles, so stay tuned!