There is an old expression “can’t see the forest for the trees” which applies to real estate more than you would think. One of the most important things you can do to prepare your house for the market is de-cluttering. Think of the clutter as the trees and your house is the forest. Most people find it hard to see the potential of a house if they are hung up on the moose head over the mantle, pink rocking horse taking up most of the kid’s room or the oversized armoire in the master bedroom.

Usually some clean up and a fresh coat of neutral paint is all it takes to give your potential buyers the opportunity to envision themselves in your house.  De-cluttering, de-personalizing and organization not only better showcase your home but opens buyers minds up to all they can do with your space.

Often a fresh approach at furniture placement or the houses decor can provide a possible buyer with a blank canvas. The next step after de-cluttering is staging. Highlighting your homes best features allows people to realize its value.

If you do as little as possible to prepare your home for sale it can often result in low-ball offers or your house languishing on the market longer than expected.

Maximizing your homes space and potential inspires others in so many ways.  Buyers have the chance to mentally place their furniture, envision their favourite wall colours or even place themselves sitting by the fire reading a book. Staging also maximizes the number of potential buyers who can see all that your house has to offer them.

Here are some before and after pictures from local staging firm down to Earth decor.