April 15, 2010, 5:00 am

Preparing Your House For Sale: A Bit of Home Staging

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Properties
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A couple of weeks ago, we decided to put our house up for sale. I’ve already discussed why I will not be taking a realtor to sell it (even though they call me everyday!). But when you sell on your own, you need to put all the chances on your side.

This is why we took a week to “make our house marketable”. We are far from being pros in home staging but we tried to follow a few simple rules:

#1 Budget not to exceed 2% of the house value (we actually used 1% in our case).

#2 Remove personal items such as picture frames and more extravagant stuff.

#3 Fresh paint where it is required. Neutral, palatable tones.

#4 Leave only the necessities in each room in order to make them look bigger and leave closets half empty for the same reason.

#5 Buy a few colourful / trendy objects to set the mood of your house.

But while writing about it didn’t seem enough, I thought of posting the “before” and “after” looks of each room where we did home staging. To accomplish the result you are about to see, it took us 3 full days of work and about $1,500:

If you don’t have time to do some of the cleaning, there are cleaning companies that can quickly do the work for you.


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Great work, I’m sure it will pay dividends! Pun intended!

by: Future CFP? | April 15th, 2010 (6:40 pm)

Hey, you managed to get a bed set, paint the house, AND a new sofa set for under $1500. How did u pull that one off Mike?

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by: The Financial Blogger | April 15th, 2010 (8:57 pm)

@ Future CFP,

I should have mentioned that the picture that were first taken when we bought the house (without our furniture ) 😉

the $1,500 was used for painting and buying decoration items.

You used wp-table-reloaded to show the pics? Lol – brilliant.

I originally read the post on my phone and was wondering how you were able to position everything so nicely. 🙂

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by: The Financial Blogger | April 16th, 2010 (5:42 am)

@Four Pillars,
LOL! I gave it a try and it worked perfectly 😀

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It looks great! You did a realy good job on your bedroom and living room love the way it looks! Best of luck in selling!


Nice job!

And I would say to people unsure if they can do homestaging by themselves: watch homestaging show for a couple weeks. You will find stuff that may work in your home. And declutter… and paint paint paint… are very cheap ways to improve your indoors (and outdoors!). You may already have nice accessories, it is just that when its surrounded by kids stuff or all your everyday stuff, no one see them.

I really like what you did in the bedroom, very modern and sleek look: looove it :-)!

Impressive. Did you buy new furntiture, swap positions, or have it re-upholstered?

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It looks very nice. Then again, it looked nice before in most of the photos!

I understand why you would be reluctant to use a Realtor, but remember – staging only helps once the potential Buyers are inside the home.

A good Realtor is a marketer. They shoudl get the people to know your home is on the market and get them to see the inside in the first place!