Robert Francis Real Estate Agent Robert Francis - RE/MAX Hallmark Francis Group Realty Ltd., Brokerage

You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home. It is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal to more buyers. 

If you don't want to do it yourself, our team provides free and professional staging for all of our clients. We realize the importance of eye appeal, and have seen it benefit our sellers by helping to sell your home more quickly and for a better price. 

1.Create Great Curb Appeal

Make the first impression count. Clean up, pain front windows and doors, keep the lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed, plan or pot colorful flowers, clear the sidewalks, put a decorative piece on the front porch, and make sure that the front of your home is neat and tidy. 

2. Make the House Shine

A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly - and for more. Wash windows inside and out, make sure the kitchen and bath features gleam, shampoo or replace carpeting, clean and dust throughout, and take care of any pet odours. If you wish to perfume your home, be mindful that buyers may have sensitivities to smell - be selective about what you choose. 

3. De-Personalize

You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs. 

4. De-Clutter

Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knick knacks. And always be prepared - you never know when we may have to sell your home on a moment's notice. So make your beds and tidy up each morning, just in case. 

5. Make Minor Repairs

Don't let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them a neutral colour. Replace cracked floors or counter tiles, fix leaky faucets and doors that don't close properly, replaced burned-out light bulbs. 

6. Remove Favorite Items

If buyers don't see something, they won't want it to be part of the deal. Remove fixtures or window coverings now if you're doing to take them with you. 

7. Rearrange Closets and Cabinets

Tidy, organized closets make a positive statement about your home. Keep medicines and other personal items out of sight, pack away much of your clothing, neatly arrange shoes and shelf items. 

8. Show Your Home In The Best Light

Your home needs to be at its friendliest when buyers go through it. Open the drapes and let sunshine in, have fresh flowers on display, set a comfortable temperature and make sure that your home smells fresh. 

9. Lighten Up At Night

Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights, both inside and outside, when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour, warmth and make prospects feel welcome. 

10. Watch Your Pets

Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you are showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way. 

11. Think Volume

Rock-and-Roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV. Also be mindful of the type of music that you play. Recognize that music evokes certain emotions, and each individual has a varying music taste. If you do choose to play music, select tunes that will be acceptable by all, or that will make your home feel relaxing and homely. However, it may be a better choice to press pause until your guests leave. 

12. Defer to Experience

When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to the expert - that's what we're here for. 

13. Don't Turn Your Home Into A Second Hand Store

When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all. 

14. Avoid Being A Hovering Butterfly

Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum. 

15. Help Your Agent

We'll have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through our office. You'll appreciate the results!