The first thing you need to do before you put your home or property up for sale is to prepare it for sale. In the case of a home that you live in, this usually means staging the home for buyers to view it. Staging a home for viewing doesn’t have to be expensive, and you may not have to even spend a dime. When staging your home we recommend you start with the outside of your home and work your way inside, and throughout the home.
Exterior Staging Tips
1. Make sure the front and back yards are clean. Pick up and put away any tools, toys, garden hoses, ladders, etc. Make sure nothing is laying on the ground that shouldn’t be there.
2. Take a look at the exterior finish of your home. Are there spots that need to be touched up or repaired? Look at the front of your home from the street as if you were seeing it for the first time, and do the same with the back of your home. Is the exterior of your home clean? Most homes get pretty dusty in our Saskatchewan winters and springs, and you’ll often be amazed what a difference it makes to wash the outside of your home with a garden hose.
3. Make sure the entrance to the home is as inviting as possible. Clean the front steps, or put down a nice mat, and plant or place some flowers near the front entrance to give the home a welcoming feel.
Interior Staging Tips
1. Clean and de-clutter as much as possible. Make sure all of the rooms are neat and tidy, that nothing is lying on the floor, and that beds are made, and toilet lids are closed.
2. Make sure the home is easy to walk through. If you have furniture blocking the doorways, or windows, consider re-arranging to make the home look open and bright.
3. Leave your artwork up, but take down family pictures. You want people to feel like this could be their home when they come to see it.
4. In the kitchen, de-clutter your countertops as much as possible. Put your toaster and other appliances in drawers or cupboards to show as much counter space as possible.
5. Make sure all the lights in the home are working, and give light fixtures a quick clean if they are dusty.
6. Make sure interior windows are clean
Remember that first impressions are critical when you are selling your home. Buyers will often make a decision on whether they will or won’t purchase a home within the first 15 seconds of walking into your home. Having a clean, tidy, and inviting home will make it much easier to sell, and will also increase the home’s final value.