To Stage or Not to Stage?

Getting your house or condo ready to sell isn’t something you do often and can certainly be daunting. With the rise in popularity of home renovation and interior design shows, buyer’s expectations have certainly elevated. So, does making an effort to stage your home bring significant return? If it is done right…Absolutely.

Staging your home for sale can be anything from de-cluttering and a fresh coat of paint to filling a vacant house with some key pieces of furniture – Every home requires a unique plan. A home staging consultation or advice from a realtor with know-how is the starting point. This provides a plan and a budget that will work within your means.

De-cluttering is one of the most impactful improvements that will bring the greatest return and it’s free! Well unless you are one of those people how has tons of “stuff”, in which case you may require a storage rental locker. If done right, this process depersonalizes your home, allows the rooms to photograph brilliantly and in turn will attract a broader base of buyers. Furniture placement and creating good flow is key. Most people aren’t visual, so it’s important to present the house furnished in a way shows the layout doesn’t have any spacial challenges.

Fresh paint has the greatest return. Keep it light, airy and neutral – no radical colours that will narrow your pool of buyers. Painting prior to selling your home can have the greatest return, so if you have a limited budget definitely make this a priority.

Once you have freshened things up by de-cluttering and perhaps painting, the next step is to bring in a few pieces of art and accessories to really add some sparkle and pizzazz to your home. This can be anything from a piece of art for above your sofa to a bouquet of flowers for the dining room table. In any case, the goal is to suggest a lifestyle that is aspirational for buyers.

Thinking of getting a head start on preparing your home to sell? I’d be happy to chat with you about what would be the best plan for your home!

You can email me or call me on 416-909-9468.

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