In many city centres across Canada, housing prices are at an all-time high and still climbing. According to home staging expert Alyssa Tavazoie of Alyssa Interiors in Toronto, if you want your house to look like it's worth every penny of the (substantial) sum you're asking, putting your home's best foot forward -- and then some -- is a must. Here are some of Tavazoie's tried-and-true home staging tips:

1. Depersonalize. A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all family photos and, if necessary, paint brightly coloured walls a more neutral shade.


2. Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. You may have gotten used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye (or ask someone else to), and repair anything that needs it.


3. Chandeliers. One of Tavazoie's favourite low-cost, high-return investments is chandeliers. "People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful ones for, at most, a few hundred dollars," she says. "Many houses don't have enough lighting to begin with, so if you're having the electrician in anyway, have more overhead fixtures installed -- or at least buy some great lamps."

4. Be aware of scale in the house when it comes to furnishings. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Aim for small groupings of furniture (ideally more than one in a room, especially a large one), with plenty of space around them.

5. A clean kitchen. Kitchen
counters should be clear and clutter-free. A single bowl or vase holding cooking utensils is okay, but that's about it. Store small appliances in cupboards if you must.

 

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One of my main objectives is to get your listing sold for you, and sometimes that comes down to how the home is staged for your viewers.  Some of the fastest sales I have ever made for my sellers have been because the home was staged well.

 

diyhomestagingtips.comis a great resource for home staging.  This week she answered a question about what to do with empty closets, to fill or not to fill, that was the question.  Her response:


"I would leave closets empty because they look bigger. But not entirely empty. I would add a few props to dress them up and give a little personality.

In a bedroom closet I would place some pretty boxes on the shelves. In a linen closet I would stack a few fluffy towels, and perhaps a folded blanket. In a coat closet, I would add some wooden or padded hangers.     
These little things will help buyers on tour remember your house as the one with attractive closets, where people (that's you!) live clean, enviable lives. Buyers buy the lifestyle when they buy the house, and women particularly are interested in closets. So, stage them to look gal-friendly. 
 
Remember to clean any light fixtures in the closets and to maximize the wattage."

 

 

What amazing advice!!

 

I was also looking on Pinterest today for staging inspiration.  There are some great ideas over there as well!  Make sure you connect with me over there too!

 

I've personally staged dozens and dozens of homes, so if you have any questions about home staging please don't hesitate to ask!

 

Make sure you check out my most recent listings as well by clicking here!

 

Until next time ...

 

 

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