Staging Your Home
We work with top Ottawa home staging experts to ensure your home gets sold
When you list your home with The Hooper Home Team, we provide you with a complimentary home staging consultation with one of our affiliated staging experts. This service helps you through the sometimes overwhelming task of making your home visually appealing — a step that is critical for ensuring a quick sale. A well-staged house always looks clean and uncluttered. But what does a professional stager do that you can’t, or may not think of doing yourself? The answer is different for each client and each home. Sometimes a stager advises on minor tweaks on placing your furniture. Or sometimes they’ll recommend some minor home improvements, painting and repurposing of rooms and spaces. They can also help you source the right professionals and tradespeople to get the necessary jobs done. When it comes to finding top Ottawa home staging professionals, start with us. We deal only with Ottawa’s top stagers who have time and again proven themselves to be invaluable resources for home sellers.
To give you an idea of how a home stager can help you, here are a few areas that may be addressed in your staging consultation:
Saying goodbye to clutter: The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Furniture is a major contributor to clutter. Having too much will make your house look small, and won’t let potential buyers visualize what it would look like with their own furniture and decor style. Your professional stager often have you remove as much as half your furnishings, making the house look much bigger.
Make rooms feel bigger: There’s a common misconception that rooms will feel larger if all the furniture is placed against the walls. Instead, place furniture away from walls. Position sofas and chairs to form conversational groups, and place pieces to allow for a natural flow of traffic. This can help to open up the room and make it seem larger. Also, consider painting a smaller room the same color as the adjacent room. This can also give the impression that the two rooms are one big space.
Getting rid of junk corners (or entire junk rooms): If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. Think of function when repurposing a space. So when you clean up a junk-filled corner, think of how that space could actually be used. For example, you could add a chair and lamp and make it into a reading corner. After you get rid of the clutter in your basement, you could add some carpeting and spruce up the walls to transform part of it into a yoga space or children’s play room.
Making the most of lighting: One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. Increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
Neutralizing colours: Neutral colours can be one of the best ways to present the best feature of your home. By choosing a neutral colour for your wall, you allow potential buyers to better envision their own decor in your home.
Find out more about how our stagers can help you get your home sale ready. Contact us today.