In today’s real estate market buyers are looking at every detail, so by taking the necessary steps to stage your home, it may very well be what’s needed to make that all important sale.

According to the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), staged properties will sell faster when compared with houses that have not been staged. They say that from the date of listing until the day of closing, home staging shortens this time frame, even in a slow real estate market.
But if you can’t afford a professional home stager, considering doing some of these simple tasks yourself.
Reduce the clutter 
A de-cluttered room will look much larger and can help a buyer picture themselves living in your property. Remove out-of-date furniture and artwork and keep living spaces and pathways easy to navigate.
Repair common issues
A leaky faucet may not seem like a roadblock for buyers, but when combined with several other pesky issues, it can impact the appeal. RESA recommends tackling minor repairs such as; broken light switches, loose door knobs, running toilets, broken garbage disposals, holes in walls and slow drains.
Freshen up the paint
It’s one of the most obvious upgrades and it can give sellers a lot of bang for their buck. Stick with a neutral palette and incorporate colour using throw cushions, candles and artwork. A neutral wall hue will also give your room the the illusion of greater depth.
Upgrade kitchens & bathrooms
Often the most important rooms in a home, sellers should ensure that at minimum these areas are spotless before a showing. RESA suggests considering the following; update appliances, re-caulk or re-grout showers/tubs and sinks, touch-up cabinet paint, upgrade bathroom mirrors, replace missing or broken tiles and repair all doors and cabinets.
Improve the curb appeal
As the saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The home’s exterior should not be overlooked when staging. Incorporate a yard maintenance schedule with tips from RESA such as watering, mowing, edging, adding fresh mulch to beds and replacing dead plants. Ensure that your porch is clutter and cobweb free and use outdoor furniture to create inviting spaces.
Source: Real Estate Staging Association. THE CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO REAL ESTATE STAGING™  Canada.