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How to Stage a Home That’s Been on the Market for a While

If your home has been on the market for a while, staging it can help breathe new life into the space and make it more attractive to potential buyers. A little work can go a long way! Between rearranging furniture, cleaning, making some light repairs, and de-cluttering, you can revitalize your stagnant home in no time. Edmonton home staging is a process that should not be overlooked if you want to sell your house faster and for more money. Realty Unleashed offers free home staging in Edmonton and Calgary, but if you’re not in either of these cities, here are some tips on how to stage a home that’s been on the market for a while!

De-clutter + de-personalize

If you are wondering how to stage a home, the first step is always removing any clutter and personal items; family photos or wedding invitations hanging on your fridge have got to go! Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. It can be challenging to imagine their family living in your home when it is filled with your personal decor and personal items. When buyers begin looking at Edmonton real estate, you want your home to stand out amongst all the rest. Do this by making your home as neutral as possible; de-personalizing and de-cluttering allows buyers to view your home as a clean slate, which will be a positive experience they won’t forget.

Rearrange furniture

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When people begin to think about how to stage a home, furniture is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Create a more open and inviting layout by rearranging furniture; you don’t need to go out and buy new couches or chairs! A simple way to revamp your space and make it new and exciting for buyers can simply be by moving things around and rearranging what you already have. Walk around your home room-by-room and think about how to make each room most appealing to buyers. For example, if your couch is outdated, consider investing in a slipcover while your home is listed and shown to buyers. Move the bed in your room to a different spot, and freshen up the throw pillows. Little things go a long way!

Deep clean

A clean home is a must when staging for sale because a clean home shows the best in listing photos. Make sure to clean every nook and cranny, including the floors, walls, and ceilings. Dust your ceiling fans, light fixtures, and shelves. Vacuum carpets and rugs, mop your floors and wipe down appliances, especially the stainless steel ones. Clean bathrooms are essential, so scrub the toilet, sink and shower, and wipe down the mirrors.

Focus on curb appeal


When buyers pull up to your home, the first thing they will see is the exterior of your home. In the real estate world, this is what we call curb appeal. Curb appeal is the overall attractiveness of the outside of your home, and believe it or not, curb appeal is an integral part of the Edmonton home staging process. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when looking at the outside of your home, depending on the season:

  • Are the shingles on my roof intact?
  • Does my lawn need to be mowed, or are there weeds to pull?
  • Do my walks need to be shovelled or salted?
  • Does my porch light work?
  • How is the paint job on the front door?
  • Are there overgrown plants or shrubs that take away from the attractiveness of my home?

Make necessary repairs

If your home has been on the market for a while, you may need to get more hands-on. Fix leaky faucets, repair cracks or holes in the walls, replace broken light fixtures, touch up spotty paint jobs, and repair broken appliances. Although these things can be a hassle to tend to, it’s essential that your home can compete in the real estate market. Edmonton home staging doesn’t just mean moving furniture around; it also includes paying attention to things that need repairing. You want to ensure that your home is in good condition for buyers.

Realty Unleashed stages for free!

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If you are looking for a home stager in Edmonton, plenty are out there, but Realty Unleashed will stage your Edmonton home for free when you list with us. Our team, made up of REALTORS® and our Curb Appeal Crew, works to meet our client’s needs through consistent communication, free interior and exterior cleaning, free curb appeal, free home staging, and seasonal yard maintenance, to name a few. You can learn more about your listing service here. If you’re looking for an Edmonton real estate company to help you through the buying or selling process, contact us below! We’d love to help you sell your home.

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