You’ve made the decision to sell your home. Either the one you have is too big or maybe it’s too small. Perhaps you’re moving, or would just like to see what life is like in another neighborhood. Regardless of the reason you want your home to sell and you want to recoup as much money out of it as you can. Staging, taking the time to make your home as attractive, comforting and appealing as possible to potential buyers can help to ensure that happens.

Contacting your Realty Executives Mid-Island REALTOR® is an excellent first step, with their guidance you can enhance your home’s appeal and attract more potential buyers. If you have the time and the budget there are professional home stagers in the city who can help. The odds are your REALTOR® can offer some suggestions about who to call if you feel a professional stager is the answer.

But if your budget doesn’t allow for it, or you’re a natural do it yourselfer, there are a number of things you can do yourself that will positively impact the visual appeal of your home. Here are a few suggestions.

Fix It Up: If your home has worn out or broken components take the steps to make sure they have been remedied. Ensure there are no torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lighting. It’s possible these items have become such a part of your daily life that you no longer see them, but someone coming into your home for the first time certainly will. Make the effort and repair anything that needs it.

Depersonalize: Any potential homebuyer must imagine themselves walking around in your rooms. If the place is cluttered with too much personal material, quirky decorating items or masses of photos of the children it will be hard for them to do that. One Nanaimo REALTOR® recently had to try and sell a home that had been converted into a virtual shrine to the Toronto Maple Leafs, making the property so distracting that it was virtually impossible to sell (except to a diehard Leaf’s fan).

Nice Lighting: Upgrading lighting fixtures is one low-cost, high-return way to enhance a home. Dated and dusty lighting fixtures can be replaced with simple and clean contemporary replacements found in every city hardware or lighting store. Hanging a chandelier in the home’s cathedral entrance can create a stunning first impression.

Kitchen: The kitchen is the heart of any home so make certain it is a clean and functional place. All counters must be clear and clutter-free. A dirty bowl in the sink or a vase with dead flowers can be a sale ruining turn off. Put the small appliances away, clean the windows so the sun shines in and make certain everything is in its proper place before potential buyers arrive.

Bathroom: An ugly bargain basement mirror or a rusty metal medicine cabinet can scuttle a successful sale. Shop around and find a framed mirror to replace the basic one your builder installed. Make the porcelain shine the tub ring-free and hide all of the personal toiletry items away. Aside from the kitchen the bathroom is one of the most appealing rooms in the home for future owners.

There are any numbers of things you can do to properly stage your home. Ask your REALTOR®, do your research and get going. The efforts you make today will speed up the sale tomorrow and will ultimately put more money into your bank account.