How to Stage Your Home to Sell

By The A-Team | Oct 09, 2017 | Fort McMurray - Seller Advice

Once you decide to sell your home, the most important thing you can do to help speed up the sales process is to stage it for sale. For that reason here are a few valuable home staging tips that you can apply which might help you in selling your home fast.

Before putting too much work into staging, the best thing to do first is to declutter the house. Clearing kitchen counters and living room floors go a long way in making your house look great. A recent article by Katie Garrett of Ideal Home supports the importance of decluttering:

Remove all clutter

Staging a home refers to preparing and decorating a house in a way that will make it the most appealing to potential buyers. That means more than just getting rid of dirty washing, tidying up your kitchen counters and giving the place a really thorough clean.

Rule number one of home staging: get rid of all the clutter in your home. Either throw it away or store it neatly out of sight. All floors and surfaces should be clutter-free, while cupboards should be neatly organised in case sneaky guests start peeking. Via

Clutter can distract buyers and give the impression of reduced space, so removing it is essential.

Once you have the inside clean, it's time to focus on the outside. First impressions are everything for buyers, especially when many of those impressions are made online. If your home's exterior doesn't speak to them, they'll move on quickly. You want your listing to have that "wow" factor for buyers:

Make an entrance

It’s important that the entrance looks appealing, as this is the first thing that potential buyers will notice. It’s known as “curb appeal”: if your property doesn’t have it, there’s every chance that a prospective buyer will drive straight past your home without even stepping foot inside. “Add simple things like potted plants and a welcome mat at the door,” suggests property expert and educator Jennie Brown. “If you have no distinguishable entrance leading to the front door, you may also want to consider placing a few large pavers in the grass.” Read more...
It may set you back a few bucks, but curb appeal is what brings home shoppers into the house.

Get rid of your personal items! Credit:

If you spend time looking at homes online, you'll notice that many photos avoid including personalized items. When selling your home, it's important that your buyers imagine themselves in your home, and personal items detract from the effect. A recent post from The Rug Seller explains the need:

Depersonalise Items

Buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove all the family photos, items with family members’ names on them, heirlooms and refrigerator art.

Also, even though there may be families with children looking at your home, but just because they have kids too doesn’t mean seeing toys strewn everywhere will sell them on the place. When people are house hunting, they are imagining a fresh start.

Show them that in this house, it is possible to have a beautifully organised kids’ room, and they might be swayed. So, make sure to put away all the toys and anything else that is highly indicative of the home’s current inhabitants. Read more at

The process of de-personalizing not only attracts potential buyers but also gives you a headstart in leaving your home.

Home staging can take a bit of time and effort, but when combined with world-class marketing, your home is sure to sell easily.

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The A-Team

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