Home Staging For Beginners


page-elements_headerA question we get asked often when our clients are thinking about, or are in the process of selling their home, is “How do I get ready?” The answer is simple: think like a buyer. Home Staging is the best way to get the most out of your sale, and with a few very simple, and easy tricks, you can get your home ready yourself, or, if the budget is larger, you can hire a professional Home Stager. Below is an excellent video from CityLine:

“Thinking about selling your home? Before the tours start rolling in, consider Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault’s tips for staging your home.” (See above)

page-elements_line_breakAlso, here are a few excellent tips written by Martha Uniacke Breen for Canadian Living, outlining “…home staging expert Alyssa Tavazoie of Alyssa Interiors in Toronto, tried-and-true home staging tips…”

1. “Depersonalize. A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all family photos and, if necessary, paint brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade.”

2. “Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. You may have gotten used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye (or ask someone else to), and repair anything that needs it.”

3. “Chandeliers. One of Tavazoie’s favourite low-cost, high-return investments is chandeliers. ‘People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars,’ she says…”

4. “Be aware of scale in the house when it comes to furnishings. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Aim for small groupings of furniture (ideally more than one in a room, especially a large one), with plenty of space around them.”

5. “A clean kitchen. Kitchen counters should be clear and clutter-free…”

6. “Kitchen decor. If your kitchen doesn’t have a backsplash, this is a weekend job that a reasonably handy person can tackle for little money…”

7. “Replace boring or worn cabinet pulls with high-design new ones. Consider brushed steel, which look great with stainless steel appliances…”

8. “Fresh linens. Make sure any visible linens (tea towels, chair cushions, oven mitts, etc.) are brand new or at least look brand new

9. “Spotless kitchen.”

10. “Fix up the bathroom.”

11. “Get a hotel-chic look. Replace bathroom towel bars with well-designed ones from a designer bath boutique. You can get matched ensembles that include toilet tissue holder, wastebasket, trays, etc. Aim for the hotel chic look: Crisp white towels neatly stacked in a towel holder, small trays on the vanity holding attractive toiletries or soaps (wrapped or unused) and scented candles.”

12. “Keep clutter to a minimum.”

13. “Fix up the master bedroom. Continue the luxury hotel look in the master bedroom: Multiple new pillows with shams or toss pillows in front, crisp white linens and a throw at the end of the bed. Keep end tables uncluttered, with matching lamps…”

14. “The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior.”

15. “A great smell makes a house memorable.” Baking cookies has become a cliche, but buy a room spray with a fragrance you love and spray the house sparingly before each showing.

To read the full article, complete with all of Alyssa’s tips, please click here.


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