10 Tips on Staging Your House to Sell

If you want to sell your house, you’re going to want to stage it to get buyers to look at the home. With a properly staged house, people can envision the space; you’ll get more offers and the price you’re looking for. Before you stage your home, you need to think about cleaning and minimizing your rooms. If you have a lot of furniture or clutter, self-storage can help by providing a place to store your furniture and household items while you sell your house. There are plenty of affordable Calgary storage units that can help you store your goods, such as Budget Storage.

Here are a few tips to help you stage your home to sell.

First Impressions Matter

Before you sell, you MUST clean up the home. This is key to getting a quick sale and the most money out of the buyer. If the home is clean, the buyer is going to be impressed and you’ll get more offers. Do painting, fix small issues and de-clutter the home before you have any showings.

Dump the Junk

In our homes we often have a lot of junk (or what you might call heirlooms, trophy's, toys, etc...). For example, in your garage you may have boxes and boxes of things you will never use or currently don't use. Having too much furniture is one of the major contributors to a cluttered looking home. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. A good idea is to take these items to an economy shop, the dump, or if you still need the items, consider self-storage that will help get everything out of the way and make your rooms look much bigger. If you have a lot of clutter, this can really throw off a potential buyer because it gives the impression that the home isn’t cared for.


As mentioned above, self-storage can really help you out while you sell your house. It gives you a space you can store all of your junk, excess furniture, and enable you to clean the home up so it looks presentable when it comes time to show your place. Since your items are already boxed up you can then easily move them into your new home, sell them off or just take the goods to the dump for proper disposal.

Repurpose the Old

Repurpose old furniture by painting it or using things such as an old door as headboard. Design experts are always looking for ways to repurpose old junk. Some examples of projects are turning strips of hardwood flooring into a fence and cutting down pieces of old laminate countertops to make shelves.

Garage Sales

Decide what items you want for self-storage, what to throw away and what you can potentially sell. You can then have a garage sale to sell off items you no longer need and get a little money back from the sale too. This will help you reduce clutter and tidy up all your old items that are just sitting around in the home. You may be able to sell off a lot of old items you no longer need to neighbors too, so ask them if they would be interested in any of your old goods before you have the garage sale. Make use of economy shops for some of the things you can’t sell at your garage sale, these stores always appreciate your unwanted items and you’ll help out the less fortunate at the same time.

Room Transformations

Now that you've cleared up your house, if you had a room that served only to gather your junk then repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot. Or drape fabric on the walls of your basement, lay inexpensive rubber padding or a carpet remnant on the floor and toss in a few cushy pillows. Voila - a new meditation room or yoga studio.

Light it Up

Take a fresh look at your place and ask yourself do your rooms seem dark? One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is their great lighting and unfortunately most homes don't have enough of it. A quick solution is to increase the wattage of your bulbs and aim for 100 watts for each 50 square foot area in your home. Don't just depend on one light per room make sure you have three different lighting types: task such as pendant, under the cabinet or reading lights, accent lights such as table or wall lights and ambient light which includes overhead and window light. If your not getting enough window light maybe cut back some of the trees and vegetation. Not only will this allow in more light but it will also help with your curb appeal if the house looks nice and tidy outside as well as in.

Paint It

Have an adjacent room; painting it the same color as other rooms helps make the house seem bigger. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. Plus if you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look. Make sure to use neutral colors that will appeal to a large number of buyers, apparently grey is the new in color for the moment. Another trick to make your sun porch look bigger and more inviting by painting it green to reflect the color of nature.

Hang It & Accessorize It

Many make the mistake of hanging art in a high line encircling each room. Hanging your artwork in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Artwork displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary it with patterning and grouping.

Also, mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element. Accessorizing your bathroom can make buyers feel like they're in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It's a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn't cost much to do.

Bond with Nature

Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Using things such as your budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring, summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter. Other affordable options are to drop by the dollar store and purchase a couple of artificial blooms and a couple of affordable vases.

Selling a home is easier if you clean it up, remove your clutter and have a garage sale and add a few touches to add life to your home. Making use of self-storage is a great option if you want to store items you may need after the home is sold. Look into Calgary storage units such as Budget Storage to help you store your items for you. To find out more about Budget Storage's affordable prices call (403) 274-1413.

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