Staging - Starting with the Outside

Staging is one of the key items that needs to be discussed and implemented when listing a property. Not only does staging make a home look even more beautiful, it is also a fantastic recipe to promote and market a property. These simple staging tips will help you earn top dollar for your home.


There are many tips to help stage a home properly. Let’s start with the outside of the house, which is a big one…curb appeal! Curb appeal stamps the buyers mind with their first impression of your house which brings me to my next point; I believe you have to sell your home to a buyer three times... Once online, once when they drive by, and if they like it from there the third sell point is the inside of the house. If buyers don’t like what they see on the outside, many times, they will keep driving or scroll to the next house on the internet.


Let’s talk about some staging tips to that boost curb appeal and to also impress any potential buyer – oh heck to even impress a neighbor!



Front Lawn;

A green, blossoming, shimmering yard screams pride of ownership. Can't you picture it? It's beautiful. As many homeowners or even tenants know watering, mowing, weed picking and fertilizing your lawn takes a lot of hard work. The great thing is though, a healthy lawn shows itself off if you are consistent with keeping your yard alive and strong. A service I highly recommend is a weed control service if your yard is in dire need of a serious make over, or maybe even re-sodding it.


Front Door, Lighting & Porch;

When you are walking up to someone’s property and you feel that warm welcome before you go inside - this is what I’m talking about! A new coat of paint does the trick a lot of the time. It freshens the area up with solid clean colours providing that clean curb appeal look. Lastly, simple items such as the light fixtures can be the cherry on top of the beautifully repainted doorway. Make sure the lights are all working, undamaged and that the fixtures are on straight which will then light up your stunning home.


Gardens, Tress and Shrubs;

This goes hand in hand with your lawn as mentioned above. Making sure your shrubs, bushes, flowers, trees are all in tip top shape really magnify the beauty of a home. However, if plants are dead it's best to take them out and just keep the garden looking as neat and tidy as possible. If that were the case less is more, the key idea is to keep your garden fresh.  If the budget allows, replanting is always an option as well. 



If this applies to you, this one is simple - keep it clear. The first thing you think of is snow, right? Living in Calgary we can pretty much all say since we were big enough, we’ve shovelled snow at least once if not twice a day numerous times every winter. The last thing we want is someone slipping on the driveway because we were lazy. The other element to this would be keeping the driveway clear of cars, trailers, quads, or whatever other toys you can think of. We want potential buyers to be able to look around and see the whole picture. Let’s help them envision themselves living in your charming home, even if its something as simple as parking their car in the driveway. We want to give buyers a positive experience.


Those are a few staging tips when getting a property ready to be on the market. Take the time before you sell and spiff up that curb appeal. Every little detail helps your home shine to its full potential. Next week I will talk about what you can do to stage the inside of your home. Stay tuned!


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