Staging for the summer market

This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Keller Willam's agent Paul Greenberg to discuss staging in the summer market. This is our third video together! If you haven't caught the others, check them out here.

Endless Summer

As soon as the weather hits 10 degrees, most Torontonians are hopping on a patio, and staying there for the summer. Whether it's at a local pub, or in a friends yard, we're set on soaking in as much sun as possible, before going back to hibernation for 3/4's of the year.  

It's important to embrace this excitement when preparing your home for sale. 

A Well Manicured Lawn

Mow the lawn. Pick the weeds. Plant some floral. Clear pathways. Not a hands on person? Hire a landscaper! 

Your property will looks its best when the grass is green and the sun is shining. This is a huge advantage of listing in the summer.  A well maintained lawn gives the impression of a well maintained property! 

 Landscaping goals. Via  Dwell .

Landscaping goals. Via Dwell.

Increased Living Space

Show off the extra footage your outdoor spaces provide. Fully utilize patios and yards, showing them as usable areas. Patio furniture and outdoor decor will excite potential buyers, helping them envision how they can entertain in, and enjoy the spaces themselves. 

 The terrace we staged at the 12 Degrees penthouse. We created spaces to eat, lounge and sit with friends. 

The terrace we staged at the 12 Degrees penthouse. We created spaces to eat, lounge and sit with friends. 

  Pro Tip : Add "lifestyle cues:" accessorize to show how the potential buyer can enjoy the space. This  CB2 Beverage Dispenser  could be filled and place on a patio during an open house.   

Pro Tip: Add "lifestyle cues:" accessorize to show how the potential buyer can enjoy the space. This CB2 Beverage Dispenser could be filled and place on a patio during an open house. 
 

Glistening Windows

Let the sunlight in! Wash all windows so they glisten. Scrub off any film. Remove any condensation. The goal is to maximize the amount of light coming in, to make the space feel bright and airy. Here are a few tips from my girl Martha.

Pro Tip: Remove the screens when listing your house. They're just one more thing standing between your property and the sunshine. 

 Beautiful floor to ceiling windows at the 12 Degrees penthouse we staged. The view is such an important feature of this space. The extra steps taken to clean the windows helped show it off to it's full potential. 

Beautiful floor to ceiling windows at the 12 Degrees penthouse we staged. The view is such an important feature of this space. The extra steps taken to clean the windows helped show it off to it's full potential. 

Do you have any other tips for summer staging? We would love to hear about them in the comments!