More and more home sellers are having their homes professionally staged in advance of the big sale. The good news is that a lot of staging can be achieved with just a little bit of elbow grease and a shoestring budget. Here are a few top staging tips to make sure your home is showing a “10” when it comes time to list:

1. Declutter. Decluttering is perhaps the simple and most effective step you can take when preparing your home for sale. As a general rule of thumb, any furniture, nick-nacks, or other gadgets that are taking up space but don’t provide much function should be stashed away. In particular, personalized items (e.g., family photographs, children’s artwork, etc.) should be removed from a home prior to listing to enhance the overall appeal of the home. The great news is that by decluttering, rooms will naturally start to feel a little bit larger and more airy.

2. Lights. Make sure that all lights have working bulbs and that the bulbs are the highest power (Watts) rating for the fixture. It’s amazing how a little extra light can go a long way towards showcasing your home at its best!

3. Paint. Repainting is one of the most cost-efficient means of preparing your home for sale. Even if the current paint isn’t faded, peeling, or marked up, ensuring that neural colours are used throughout your home will help provide it with broader appeal. Even if bright and bold colours are appealing to you, if they “turn off” the average purchaser, they need to be ditched. A subtle way of reintroducing colour into a room is through key accents (e.g., sofa cushions, a kettle, etc.) or flowers.

4. Linens and Towels. Although it’s human nature to want to limit outgoing expenses in advance of a home sale, one area where it might be okay to splurge a little would be on bed linens and towels. If you want to provide the impression that a home is well-cared for without spending a fortune, having bed linens and towels that are crisp and clean is a good place to start. As before, going with neutral shades for bedding and towels ensures that your home will have a tidy, contemporary feel.

These are just a few ways in which the overall aesthetic of a home can be enhanced in preparation for sale. No two homes are the same and no two sellers are willing to invest the same amount of time and effort into maximizing their home’s sale potential. At the end of the day, when it comes to staging a home for sale, it’s really a classic case of what you put into it, is what you will get out of it.

If you have questions about the market or would like to discuss anything mentioned in this article, feel free to send me an email or drop me a line—I’d love to chat. I’m a Vancouver Realtor who is an expert in residential real estate and sell extensively condominiums, townhomes and detached homes.

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