Stage your home us­ing these tips

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The way you present your home to po­ten­tial buy­ers can have a big im­pact on how quickly you sell your house. Boost curb

ap­peal This is some­thing you al­ways hear, and with good rea­son. Many peo­ple think­ing of tour­ing your home will do a quick drive-by first, often de­cid­ing on the spot if it is even worth a look in­side. Make sure your home is ready to lure in on­look­ers with these tips:

Power-wash side­walks and walk­ways

Put up easy-to-read house num­bers Plant bloom­ing flow­ers and fresh green­ery

Mow the lawn, and re­seed or add fresh sod if needed

Wash front win­dows

Re­paint or stain the porch floor as needed

Get your house sparkling clean From shining floors and gleam­ing win­dows to clean coun­ters and scrubbed grout, ev­ery sur­face should sparkle. This is the eas­i­est (well, maybe not eas­i­est, but cer­tainly the cheap­est) way to help your home put its best foot for­ward. You may want to hire pro­fes­sion­als to do some of the re­ally tough stuff, espe­cially if you have a large house. Don’t skimp - this step is key! Clear away the clut­ter

If you are se­ri­ous about stag­ing your home, all clut­ter must go, end of story. It’s not easy, and it may even re­quire tem­po­rar­ily util­is­ing off-site stor­age (or a nice rel­a­tive’s garage), but it is well worth the trou­ble. Clean and clear sur­faces, floors, cup­boards and clos­ets equal more space in the eyes of po­ten­tial buy­ers, so purge any­thing un­nec­es­sary or un­sightly. Style your din­ing room ta­ble The din­ing room is often a blind spot in dec­o­rat­ing a home. Be­tween din­ners, a large din­ing room ta­ble can look bare and un­invit­ing, so styling it up with vis­i­tors in mind can in­crease the ap­peal. An over­sized ar­range­ment can look too stiff and for­mal, so try lin­ing up a se­ries of smaller ves­sels down the cen­tre of the ta­ble in­stead. Choose so­phis­ti­cated neu­tral colours Now is not the time to ex­per­i­ment with that fun-look­ing lime green, but that doesn’t mean you need to go all white ei­ther. Rich mid-tone neu­trals like mocha and “greige” cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated backdrop that makes ev­ery­thing look more pulled to­gether.

En­tice peo­ple to ex­plore the house By plac­ing some­thing that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hall­ways or in cor­ners, you can pique cu­rios­ity and keep po­ten­tial buy­ers in­ter­ested through­out a whole home tour.

A piece of art­work, a painted ac­cent wall, a win­dow seat, a vase of flow­ers, a hang­ing light or even a small, colour­ful rug can all work to draw the eye. Cre­ate a life­style peo­ple are look­ing for

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, you want to play up what your neigh­bour­hood or area is known for. Hang­ing a ham­mock in your back­yard and a bench swing on your porch could be a per­fect touch.

Stage the out­doors too

Even if your condo has only a teensy postage stamp-size bal­cony, play it up with a cute café ta­ble and chairs, a cheer­ful table­cloth and even a lit­tle tray of dishes or a vase of flow­ers. When peo­ple look at this scene, they won’t be think­ing “small”, they will be think­ing, “What a charm­ing spot to have break­fast!”

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