Home Staging Tips on a Budget

10 Ottawa Home Staging Tips on a Budget

Before your home officially goes on the market, here are some tips to present your home’s best by staging

De-clutter and de-personalize. Home buying is a very emotional process. Potential buyers need to see themselves living in your home. Having hundreds of pictures and memorabilia scattered around will take them away from the feeling. By removing your keepsakes, a potential buyer can be free to feel at home. Not to mention, it will protect your precious items and be one less thing to pack!

Fix the little things. Go through your house with a critical eye focused on all the small things you may have gotten used to. Torn screens, burnt out light bulb or small cracks in plaster, you can fix the little things without dropping too much money.

Are your furnishings to scale? Make sure your furnishings fit the rooms they are in. If you have a giant sofa that you love but it takes up a ton of room, you will make the room look smaller. That pool table that barely fits downstairs? Move it to a friend’s basement while your hose in on the market. Try to have small groupings of furniture with plenty of space around them.

Spotless kitchen. Though the ‘spotless’ part should really apply to the whole house, you should make sure your kitchen is EXTRA spotless. This means putting everything away. We mean EVERYTHING. Apart from maybe your microwave and a pot holding your utensils, put all your appliances in cupboards. The idea is to show off the counter space in your kitchen. If it is cluttered with all sorts of gadgets, it will be difficult for someone to see the space your home does have.

Worn cabinet handles/pulls have to go. Change over the handles of your cabinets if they look at all worn. This is a great way to update without redoing all of your cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. Brushed steel is very popular, especially if you have stainless steel appliances

Clean linens. Any linens you have out to the public eye should be clean. Your tea towels, oven mitts, cushions, etc. sure any visible linens. They should look brand new.

Hotel bathroom. Spend a few dollars and buy new bathroom towels in a crisp, white colour. You can also look for bathroom décor sets that match. Add a few unused scented candles and you are on your way! If you have kids, stuff any of their bath time toys or specialty towels into the cupboard.

Master bedroom luxury. If your bedspread is a little worn, or doesn’t quite match your décor, go buy a solid colour duvet cover or comforter with matching shams. Take a complimentary throw and fold it on the bottom of the bed. Like the rest of your home, the end tables should be clutter free. Remember too, that all beds in the house should be made before potential buyers visit your home.

Exterior curb appeal. The first thing potential buyers see if the outside of your Ottawa home. Make sure it is clean, clutter-free and shoveled if it is the winter time. The last thing you want is someone to trip on the way in the door.

Great smell. You’ve heard that realtors use freshly baked cookies to make a house smell like a home? Well, you can too! Just make sure you don’t overdo it and you speak to your Realtor to make sure they don’t already have scent plans for your showings.

If you are having a hard time staging your home, consider consulting with a professional home stager. The Ottawa area has a multitude of them at your service!


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