Stage Your Home Like a Pro

By: Jagdeep Singh

Stage Your Home Like a Pro

Tags: staging, homes, condos, house, quick sale, higher value, real estate, tips and tricks

Home staging can be an easy an affordable way to sell faster and show the buyers that your property is well worth the investment. In any market, it is imperative that your home stands out from the rest. Start with a fresh mindset and try to imagine that you're stepping into your space for the first time. Then use these tips to get your home in top shape and check mark this important step on your way to receiving multiple offers. 

1. Depersonalize and declutter
Be ruthless when removing personal trinkets, photographs and items that may otherwise have sentimental value for you, but have little aesthetic appeal. Make sure everything, including inside cabinets and drawers, baseboards and in between kitchen appliances, is sparkling clean. The goal is to let buyers see themselves at home and moving in, without needing to do any work. I have a dedicated crew that comes out to each of my listings to clean, before and after the staging. 

2. Harness the power of light. 
Light can make rooms appear bigger and brighter, but studies show most homes are under lit. One quick and easy fix is to go through every light fixture and replace all bulbs with the maximum wattage they can safely handle. This is the first advise I give to Sellers who work with me. In addition, lamps and chandeliers are inexpensive solutions that increase light and drama in a room, while doubling as decorative elements that occupy little space with a big impact. Earlier this year, I sold assignment condos near Toronto's Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. In one unit, all my client had to do was to put a lamp from their existing residence and then remove it after the unit sold. 

3. Leverage the luxury look. 
A neat trick is to create hotel chic vibe. Think crisp white towels stacked neatly in the bathrooms, fresh linens and fluffy pillows in the bedroom, and clean modern lines when it comes to furnishings and decor. Go for anonymous but inviting. 

4. Spend strategically
Invest wisely on projects and updates that offer the best return on investment. Some projects that give you the biggest bang for your buck include a fresh coat of paint, fixing up any flooring issues, adding a pretty backsplash in your kitchen, and painting or replacing dated cabinets. If you are thinking of doing any of these works, send an email to me at I have a lot of places that can give you a discount and a great service. Any new purchases or paint job should be in neutral tones, but forget boring beiges and whites. Today's neutrals include the right shades of grey, blue and green. You can also add splash of colour by using bright red kitchen mixers, or other small appliances. 

5. End with fabulous finishing touches
Like getting dressed up but forgetting to add a spritz of perfume, your staged home needs a few quick details to go the extra mile. Arrange decorative elements in groups of threes, a look which is most pleasing to the eye. Add flowers wherever you can and a bowl of fruit in the kitchen. Bake cookies or light candles just before showing for an inviting scent. 

Remember that you have to appeal to all three, touch, smell and sight, so plan accordingly. If you would like a walk through of your house or condo and get suggestions on what items to work on first, or what the latest trends are in renovation and staging, then call me at 647-287-4644 or send an email with some photos of your home to Certain aspects of staging are property specific, including the curb appeal of your property. Don't let improper staging impact your financial bottomline. 

Though effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the contents, the reader is advised to verify the information independently. This post may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. The reader is not allowed to reproduce it in any medium without the author’s prior written permission. Jagdeep Singh is a broker with Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd., brokerage (416) 798-7133 which is independently owned and operated. This message is not intended to solicit parties currently under contract.