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How To Set The Stage For A Fast Sale

Blog by Joette Fielding | March 7th, 2014

How To Set The Stage For A Quick SaleThere was a time not so long ago when a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint was all that was needed to prepare your home for the real estate market. Most realtors nowadays advise their clients to stage their homes. This can be a difficult task, particularly if you’ve been in the home for many years. Facts show that staged homes receive more potential buyers than unstaged homes. These properties sell for more money in a hot market and faster in a slow one. 

You’ve de-cluttered, repaired and updated your house in preparation for sale.  The final step is to stage. The hardest part for homeowners is attempting to rearrange or remove items that they love. When it comes to Aunt Hilda’s antique china cabinet or the chintz drapes you love so much, objectivity is compromised. After all, if you love them, everyone else will too, right? Not necessarily. 

Professional home stagers are trained to see things most homeowners don’t notice, and have a background understanding of what buyers are looking for.  They are skilled at transforming your very personally decorated house into a place that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Stagers often bring in accessories to add colour, cohesion and enhance the décor. In vacant homes, stagers often bring in rental furniture and create "vignettes," like a table setting in the dining room.

Stagers may also suggest:

• Clearing out all closets and storage areas to create the illusion of more space.

• Bringing in fresh flowers or live plants. 

• Removing large pieces of furniture, like dining room sets and sectional couches. 

• Replacing an old, clunky vanity in the powder room with a sleek pedestal sink. 

• Updating outdated lighting fixtures, especially in front foyer, dining room and the kitchen. 

The Fielding Team offers a complimentary staging consultation to all clients.  Our home stagers will provide you with a report of what needs to be done in your home to appeal to the most buyers.  Often, it is only a matter of some new pillows, decluttering and a change in furniture placement.  If there is more involved in the staging process for your home, including new paint, updated light fixtures or changing flooring, our stagers are able to assist you with all of that too!  They will work within your budget and help you determine what parts of your home are assets and which areas need more attention.


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