1. The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter.  Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave.
  2. There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.
  3. Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Feel free to move small pieces and even larger pieces around to create little niche spaces.
  4. One thing that makes staged homes look so welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many of our homes are improperly lighted. Try increasing your wattage up to 100 watts per 50 Sqft.
  5. Whether you have a small stoop or a large patio, one of the easiest home staging tips is to keep your porch looking clean and lively. Make sure you sweep the dirt from your steps and deck, and make sure any chairs or tables are cleaned up.
  6. Make sure your lawn is cut regularly so passers-by aren’t turned away by the sight of ankle- high grass. If your driveway or walkways are covered in dust and dirt, give them a good power- washing too. Any bushes or large trees near walkways should be trimmed as well so curious buyers don’t have to sidestep any branches.
  7. A quick spray down will have your windows and countertops gleaming during your walkthroughs. As for the pantry, purge any empty cereal boxes, pasta packages or anything else that is empty or expired. Organize anything that remains into like groups and keep them together in the same section of your cabinets.
  8. Buyers spend the least amount of time checking out bathrooms, but they’ll still notice dirty tiles or rings around your tub. Scrub every surface in your bathroom with bleach or a natural cleaner of your choice. The goal is to make everything squeaky clean, including those obnoxious corners of the shower that always accumulate mold.
  9. Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by colour, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.
  10. Take a good look at your floors. At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam clean carpets), but consider having wood floors refinished if they are in poor shape. If you don’t want to invest in refinishing floors, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.
  11. Choose sophisticated neutral colours. Now is not the time to experiment with that “fun”- looking lime green. But that doesn’t mean you need to go all white, either. Rich mid-tone neutrals like mocha and “greige” create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together.
  12. Open those closets! Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage by giving excess stuff the heave-ho. Again, this is really important, so even if you need to store a few boxes elsewhere, it’s worth it. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
  13. Use “extra” rooms wisely. If you have been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to clean up your act. Each room should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids’ room? Whether you buy inexpensive furnishings, rent them, or borrow some from friends, making a real room out of a junk room will have a big payoff.
  14. Beware pet odors. Really, this can be a big one! If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Also be sure to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when tours are scheduled.
  15. Stage the outdoors too. Even if your condo has only a teensy postage stamp–size balcony, play it up with a cute cafe table and chairs, a cheerful tablecloth and even a little tray of dishes or a vase of flowers. When people look at this scene, they won’t be thinking “small,” they will be thinking, “What a charming spot to have breakfast!”