Our Guide to Staging Your Home

Posted by C21 Atria on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 12:50pm.

Staging Your Toronto Home

Staging your home is a critical part of selling. Especially in the Toronto real estate market, where competition is tough, you want to do everything you can to both appeal to the masses and stand out. In many cases, hiring a stager is your best bet. However, if you’re willing to put in some work and follow this easy guide, you could potentially stage your own home with great success. 

Here is our practical guide to staging your home: 

Consider the Bones 

When we say bones, we’re talking about the actual structure of the home. Is there anything that needs to be repaired before it goes up for sale? Is the roof falling apart? Are the eavestroughs sagging? Make sure any structural issues that need to be fixed are repaired before you start working on the smaller details. It might be worth investing in a home inspection to get a professional opinion on anything that needs to be fixed. By preemptively doing this step, you’re ensuring that you aren’t taken by surprise if a potential buyer asks for a home inspection. 

At the same time, you should plan ahead and talk to real estate professionals to uncover any current trends. While you may think your taste in décor is current and stylish, it might be completely different than what most buyers are looking for. With a professional’s advice, you can start to plan out your staging and create a list of things to do or people to hire. 

Deep Clean and Declutter 

Even the nicest, most modern properties can look awful if they are dirty and cluttered. The next step in staging your home is doing a deep clean and decluttering everything. This could mean putting some of your belongings into storage or having a yard sale to get rid of the excess. Hiring a professional organizer is also beneficial at this stage because they don’t hold any emotional attachment and can help you get rid of clutter easily and efficiently. 

At this point, you should organize closets, secure valuables, and remove any oversized furniture that takes up space. Place existing furniture in a way that maximizes the space and take time to ensure the pieces are clean and not broken. 

Once the rooms are cleared out, a deep clean is necessary to scrub away any dirt or stains from the walls, floors, ceilings, and more. If you’re not a DIY cleaner, you can opt for hiring a professional cleaning service that can do a great job and make the home sparkle. Next, paint the walls. This is a relatively easy task that can have a huge impact. Choose neutral colours like crisp white, beige, light blue, light grey, and similar. 

One of the most integral parts of home staging is de-personalizing it. This means removing any sentimental items or family photos. The reason you want to do this is that you want buyers to enter the home and immediately imagine their own family living there. This is made harder if the home is full of years of memories from another family. 

Ramp Up the Curb Appeal 

Now that the interior of the home is taken care of, consider the exterior. Condos are popular in Toronto, so for many sellers, this means fixing up the balcony or walk-up to the building. Contact your condo association and let them know you are selling and ask if there is anything they can do to beautify the area. It might mean fixing broken lights, painting the door, or adding some potted plants. For the balcony, add some simple patio furniture and ensure the space is not cluttered with junk. 

For single-family homes, there is a little more work to be done. Improve curb value by making sure the lawn is mowed, fixing up flower beds, planting new shrubs or greenery, and making sure the façade of the home is clean and tidy. Clean and repair your gutters and give your door a fresh coat of paint to appeal to buyers. If you have a driveway, make sure the gravel is spread neatly or that there are no substantial cracks if it’s paved. Your garage should also be tidied. 

If you’re selling during a specific seasonal time, make sure you rake up leaves and limit seasonal décor to a minimum. 

Preparing for an Open House 

Once your home is cleaned and staged, you will want to prepare for your first open house. Bake some cookies to create a warm, welcoming scent in the air and ensure that everything is cleaned properly, paying specific attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. Turn off any television sets still in the home and open the curtains to let in lots of natural light. Do not light any heavily scented candles, as that may irritate some buyers. Offer light refreshments and refrain from smoking in the house. Make sure your pets are relocated, and be prepared to welcome your prospective buyers! 

Want to learn more about staging your home and hosting a successful open house? Contact the experts at Century 21 Atria Realty Inc. today at 905-883-1988 today.

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