10 Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast


10  Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast


1. Depersonalize. Depersonalize. Depersonalize.

Buyers needs to picture themselves in your room.  80% of the buyers have difficulty visualizing themselves in rooms that smack of the owner’s personality.   Of the 20% that can visualize, they will low ball their offer for the “work” they feel they need to do.  Remove quirky decorating, family photos, trophies, degrees etc.


2. Declutter.  Declutter.  Declutter.

Declutter your home before you list. Debi Collinson, AddValueToYourHome.ca














Your moving anyways. Get rid off all that stuff you have been intending to get around to it. People have a hard time visualizing their selves living in a space that is cluttered with someone else’s stuff. This applies to basements, attics & garages as well.   Read 10 Ways to Declutter Your Home


3. Neutralize your walls

Do the colour of your walls date your house? Does your house look like a checker-board with each room a different colour? Paint your walls a calm serene contemporary colour throughout.

Which color?  Check out the Most Popular Staging Paint Colors to Sell Your House.







4. Make sure everything in the house is in top conditiondo-repairs-that-your-home-needs-most-add-value-to-your-home-debi-collinson


















No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. Maybe some repairs that you did are not top notch?  You may need to hire a contractor to repair some home made repairs that aren’t up to standard.  Are your carpets clean and free of stains? You may be used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye (or ask me too!), and repair anything that needs it.

Related Reads:

Top 5 Renovations to Sell Your House

Do You Know What You’ve Done to Your Home?


5. Light Fixtures

Are your light fixtures contemporary and keeping with the times or are they dated? What about your dining room chandelier? A great return on your investment is light fixtures. It is a low-cost, high-return investment. People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful lights very reasonably.

10 Light Fixtures under $100 To Sell Your Home


6. Is your furniture size appropriate for the size of the room?

Furniture that is too big for a room makes a room look small.   Be aware of scale in the house when it comes to furnishings. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Too much furniture in a room, or furniture too big for the room, makes the room appear too small and crowded and will turn off potential buyers. Similarly, not enough furniture also makes a space feel awkward.


7. A clean kitchen

Kitchens should be clear and clutter-free. No fridge magnets fife-kitchenor kids pictures on the fridge. The counter should have a coffee maker and toaster out at most. Get rid of any additional movable cupboards that you have added into the kitchen. It just screams that there is not enough cupboard space.

Replace dated or worn kitchen cabinet hardware with trendy new ones.


8. A spotless house

Hire a professional cleaning company to get at all the little nooks and crannies, to have your house spotless. It will be worth the money and save you the time and aggravation.


9. Your home needs to smell FRESH!

The smell of smoke, pet odors, diapers or last night’s dinner is a big turn off for potential buyers. You may have got used to your smell, but people coming into your home have not.

Open windows to get rid of the smells fast.

Do NOT smoke inside your house once you’re getting it ready to smell.

Buy room deodorizers to put in each room in the house. Make sure they are all the same smell to keep the smell consistent. Do not use the “linen” scent. It will make your house smell like a laundry room. Use a nice floral or citrus scent.


10. Put pet toys, supplies and dishes in a place from the main areas


Potential buyers don’t want to see or smell your pet(s) when they walk into a room. Keep pet food, supplies, toys etc in an area away from the main area, especially the kitchen.  If possible, a corner in the basement or a laundry room would be appropriate.

Better yet, have your pet(s) vacation at a family member’s home while your house is listed if you can. Your house is going to look so great now that it won’t take long to sell your house!




Welcome! I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I watched every staging show on HGTV that I could find. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & designing spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning and how to sell your house for top dollar!





  • Avatar <cite class="fn">JEAN MYLES</cite>

    Hi Deb Nice to see a Canadian that I can follow. Your blog is a large help to me . My hubby died in the middle of a roof raising renovation.I have been trying to finish as much as I can. Living in the country there are not many trades people around I have tried hiring a few locals but that was just stupid on my part. So as I try to get the house finished and get ready to sell one day not so far down the line. I have read many helpful things here and hope to continue learning from you. Thanks for sharing.

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Hey Jean – so good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your hubby. You’re very brave continuing the renos on your own. Please let me know if there is a topic here. Good luck with the renos!

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