Preparing your house for selling can be a daunting and overwhelming task whether you have lived in your home a few years or many.  The longer you have lived in your home the more things you will have acquired. 

In preparing your house for selling you need to take a step back and have the mind set that this is no longer your home but your investment for your future.  You want your home to have broad buyer appeal to your target market.

Following these 10 Tips for Successful Home Staging will help you sell your house sooner and possibly for more money than if you did not prepare it for selling!  Remember most people want to move into their new home without having to make updates to it.

1. Curb Appeal

Stand back and view your home as if you were seeing it for the first time. This is the ‘first impression’ stage. Depending on the season you may want to have pots of colourful and attractive flowers to greet buyers; a clean and inviting door mat; new and shiny door handles and/or knockers; a freshly painted door.

2. Declutter

Start your pre-pack as soon as possible.  You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away/recycle.  Many clients will rent storage lockers or have pods delivered so they can start to clear out what is not going to make the house look good.

3. Clean

A clean home translates into ‘They must have really cared for their home.”  Bathrooms and kitchens must be sparkling clean at the very least.

4. Depersonalize

Pack up most family photos, personal items and memorabilia.  For selling you want buyers to focus on the best features of your home and not your personal things or collections.

5. A neutral colour scheme is the way to go for selling.

Neutral tones appeal to the widest range of buyers.  If you have an open floor plan then paint the main floor all the same colour. 

6. Highlight your home’s best architectural features

Place your furniture in each room so that you have very obvious focal points that show off the home’s best selling features.  For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that the eye is drawn to the fireplace.

7. Decide on the function in each room

Ensure each room has a clear function and remove any excess items.  For example, if you were using your guest bedroom as your den, consider turning it back into a bedroom with bedroom furniture in it.  If you do not have the right furniture for each room consider renting or borrowing it.

8. Lighting your home to its best advantage

Ensure rooms are well lit and consider replacing light fixtures that are dated or in poor condition. 

9. Window treatments that sell your home

Remove any old or outdated window treatments and replace with wood blinds or simple side panels.

10. Flooring needs special attention and is a good investment for updating the look of your home

Tile or linoleum is great for entranceways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms; a good quality laminate or hardwood is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms are attractive in a neutral carpet.

Ensure that your home is remembered by potential buyers!

Leslie Chan
Leslie Chan
#222, 4625 Varsity Dr NW Calgary AB T3A 0Z9