Staging to sell

Congratulations! You're ready to put your home on the market! But before you take your first listing photo or host your first open house, consider that staging your home can help fetch a higher price for your property. And can all agree that in today's economy, any increase in revenue is an added bonus.

To start with, this means de-personalizing your home. Personal items and photos should be removed so that potential buyers can imagine themselves living in the home, and not you and your family.

Next, maximizing the space by decluttering can give the appearance of larger rooms and greater storage area. Removing non-essentials, organizing items or creating focal points help buyers visualize the potential in your home. Organization not your speciality? A professional home stager can help. Skilled at accentuating your home's best features and presenting your home in its best light, a home stager can easily create visual appeal.

So what's the most cost-effective and important step in staging your home? Cleaning it, of course! From sparkling bathrooms to gleaming kitchens, using a bit of elbow grease to make your home shine is well worth the effort. If this task seems daunting, consider hiring professional cleaners to give your home a once-over. Cleaning experts will be prepared to tackle everything from baseboards and windows, to deep cleaning your appliances.

Want to appeal to the masses? Present a neutral and modern picture. While bright accent walls and vibrant, contrasting colours might be your preference, a more neutral pallet will help potential buyers imagine how their own tastes would fit in your home. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light and present a bright and airy home potential buyers will remember favourably.

Remember, most people will judge a home during the first 7-10 seconds they set foot on the property. Make sure your home creates the right first impression to maximize its sale potential.