5 Home Staging Tips You Should Do Today

5 home staging tips you should do today

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This week, Scott Bollinger, Licensed Broker at Commonsense Network brokerage, part of the ComFree family in Alberta, is providing some important tips for selling your home.  You can hear his Real Estate Minutes on the radio!

Perhaps you have an open house planned this weekend. Maybe you have appointments with homebuyers in the coming days who want to see your home and perhaps buy it.

“Home staging can make all the difference,” says Scott Bollinger, Licensed Broker at the Commonsense Network brokerage, part of ComFree.  “Buyers need to see themselves in your home.  It’s all about cleaning, de-cluttering and making your home extra inviting.”

Here, now, are five home staging tips you should do today:

1- Optimize your furniture

If you are trying to convey a minimalist lifestyle or a contemporary one, make sure that your furniture matches the image you are trying to evoke.

If you have old school furniture mixed in with some new pieces, you can either ship the pieces off to a friend’s place or chuck ‘em altogether.

2- Make your closets seem even bigger

For the love of all things spacious, if you pack your closets with clothes and gear, homebuyers will think that there simply is not enough storage area in your home to accommodate all their stuff.

You want them to think “wow, there is so much room in here for all my shoes and then some!” That said, it would be wise to empty half your closet and put those items away in the garage or storage. Storage is your friend when selling your home.

3- Don’t leave any room empty

So let’s just say that you have rooms that you have already emptied out because you have another home and have begun furnishing it. Well, even if this is the case, you need to do something with the room, at the very least, add some coffee tables, a lamp or two and a touch of artwork.

The point is that you need to help homebuyers picture what the room is all about and what might go where if they decided to buy it.

4- Get rid of the pet

Sure, your dog is part of the family, but not when you are selling your home. I strongly recommend that you find a place for your pet to hang out while you are showing the home and eliminate all traces that a pet resides there (drinking bowl, leash, pet food, etc.)

If someone has an allergy to or a general disregard for pets, they will instantly begin to dismiss your home and look for things to hate from the get go. And don’t forget to clean up after them, you don’t want them to have pet hair all over their socks afterwards.

5- The swinging door test

Something so simple can make such a difference. If I, as a potential homebuyer, open the door to a room in your home and it ends up hitting against a piece of furniture, I will think to myself, “Hmm, this room is small,” even if it isn’t.

It seems so menial and insignificant, sure, but to a homebuyer, who is skeptical from the moment they walk in, this can make the different between, “We’ll take it!” and “We’ll call you, don’t call us.”

If you plan on buying or selling a home, visit ComFree.com today.

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  1. Jane Kennedy says:

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  2. Brian/Gloria Kaytor says:

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