all know how important first impressions are, and selling your home
is no exception. If you’re thinking of selling your home, use
these 7 simple staging tips to make your home memorable and create a
and cupboards –
Think people won’t peek? Think again! Storage is a main
consideration for most home buyers, and they most certainly will be
opening cupboards and closets for a look. Get your closets
organized, and put out-of-season clothes away to create more room.
Cupboards should be cleaned and organized.
items and clutter –
Remove personal photos, knickknacks, mementos, and any dated items
to help “de-personalize” your home. This is as much for
your security as it is for presentation. You can either get a
jumpstart on your packing, or simply tuck things away for showings.
De-clutter as much as possible; not everyone will see your
knickknacks in the same light you do.
valuables, prescription medications, collectibles and breakables –
Put these items into storage or take them with you when you leave
the house (where possible).
nose knows –
Research has shown that the smell of fresh-baked bread or
chocolate-chip cookies are appealing and comforting to people.
Garlic, onions or fish, not so much. Refrain from cooking meals that
may leave offensive odors close to a showing. Bake something yummy,
or use subtle air fresheners. Keep the fresheners light –
remember that people have allergies.
Make any small functional repairs you may have been putting off,
like dripping taps, leaky faucets, sticky doors, etc.
it up –
Ensure things are well-lit with as much natural light as possible,
or strategically-placed lamps throughout the home. Adding mirrors
can help with light play as well, and make rooms feel more open.
Try rearranging your furniture slightly with interesting angles and
pulling it out from walls a few inches. This will help create a more
interesting space. Use plants in colorful planters or baskets to
fill in empty spaces and add accents.
these 7 simple tips will help you put your home’s best foot
forward, and create a great first impression every time for potential
Capital Homes Realty Inc., Brokerage
2059 Meadowbrook Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 4W7