Summer is a time when many people take the leap to put their homes on the market. With vacation time and warmer temperatures, it’s a peak season to get out and work on that home project. There are many steps to get a home ready to sell and one of them is what agents call staging. Staging is presenting your home to sell in a way that it can appeal to any potential buyer, giving it a streamlined look that is clean, clutter-free, and designed to sell. You could hire a Condo Staging in Toronto professional to get the job done, or you can start with some DIY tips to show your home in the best light.
Declutter and deep clean
The first step to get your home ready to sell is a decluttering and deep-cleaning project. Decluttering has a dual purpose of clearing out your home for staging, and helping you get started on packing everything up to move. One of the most popular decluttering methods is to follow the lead of Marie Kondo, to only keep items that spark joy. Work through one room at a time, and items by category to sort everything into boxes for “keep,” “donate,” and “toss.” If you have a hard time deciding what to keep, you can also add a “later” box for those items that you aren’t sure about, so you can decide later. After decluttering, you’ll want to give your home a serious deep clean, and consider hiring a professional team to come in to cover every corner.
Focus on statement pieces
As part of the decluttering process, personal items and bold decorative pieces have to go, in favor of a few key statement pieces. You want each room of your house to have just one accent piece, and to keep it a bit understated to appeal to a wide audience. Some options are framed artwork, bold pillows, or a decorative vase.
While staged homes will have an overall neutral look, you can also add a bit of color. Color can be used for those statement pieces, or you can even paint an accent wall in a hallway, kitchen, or bathroom. Shades of blue, green, and even terracotta are all worth considering when staging your home to sell.
Add light and greenery
Potential buyers want homes that are pleasant to spend time in and one way to increase that energy is by maximizing light and airiness. Even if your home doesn’t have a lot of natural light, there are ways to give it more light. Removing heavy drapes, leaving windows open, and bringing in floor lamps can all transform your space with light. If you don’t already have indoor plants, now is the time to add them — and be sure to go with living ones. Live plants bring oxygen into your space and can also add light into any room of your house. A fresh vase of cut flowers or a bowl of fruit on a table can also add a breezy touch.
When you are getting your home ready to sell, one of the most important tasks is getting it staged. You can make it a welcoming space for potential buyers, by following a few DIY tips.