Home staging has been around since we all lived in caves. Well maybe not that long. But as long as we’ve had private homeownership, smart homeowners have done all they can to put their homes in the most marketable position possible.
Professional home staging businesses are rather new. Apparently, they’ve really taken off in the states and they are becoming more common in Canada too. I know a couple of home stagers I’d recommend.
Home staging companies and their services are not all the same. The services range from a short consultation (one hour only) to a complete package, taking care of room painting and furniture rental.
It’s good to know that clean homes painted neutral colors appeal to almost all buyers. With that in mind, home staging made easy really comes down to two things
Depersonalize. –> People want to imagine themselves living in your house. It doesn’t help to have pictures of your family members on all the walls or your collection of ceramic mugs, or your basement rec room dedicated to the Montreal Canadians.
De-clutter. –> Get rid of half the furniture and anything sitting on a flat surface. You might have to rent an offsite storage space but it would be worth it because you will get more for your house.
My in-laws bought a staged house recently in uptown Waterloo. Video below.