Preparing your home for sale can be at times very overwhelming and daunting. You want to make sure you’ve showcased the home’s best assets and that your home is in tip top shape to impress any potential buyers. Yes, staging is optional when it comes to selling; but in all fairness it really shouldn’t be. Your home is a significant financial transaction, you should want to help your home, in any way you can, to get top dollar for it. The easier it is for prospective buyers to envision themselves living in your home, the more likely they are to buy it. Follow these simple steps to help achieve the best possible staging for your home.

Remove Personality

It’s time to let go, you need to mentally detach yourself from your home. Start by removing any traces of family photos and personal collections. By creating a more neutral space you are making your home more universally appealing.


The one thing buyers want out of a potential property is it to be roomy and clutter free. Remove all those little out of place knick knacks so your home feels light and roomy. You want prospective buyers to envision their furniture and décor to fit in your home. The less clutter you have the easier it is for them to do that.

Little Touches

From fresh flowers, clean scents and fresh baked cookies. There’s nothing better than walking in the front door of a home to immediately smell something delightful. Add a fresh arrangement of flowers to the coffee table or kitchen island to give your home a fresh feel.


Light and Bright is your go to motto! When you’re staging your home for sale you don’t want any dark or bold in your face colors especially in those small spaces like powder rooms. You want to keep it neutral to attract a vast variety of people. Keep the ceilings white to make your walls look elongated.


When it comes to lighting in the home most people often forget about it when it comes to staging. Add some ambient lighting in those dark hallways and basements. Some new pendant lights or table lamps with do the trick and help brighten up those dark corners, making the room feel as light as possible.


Give your carpets the best maintenance possible and have them professionally cleaned before you move. This will hopefully remove any stains or marks that may defer prospective buyers. Carpet cleaning is an inexpensive quick fix to disguise the look of older flooring.

Make it Sparkle

It’s time to clean clean clean! Imagine that your mother or mother-in-law is coming to visit. Mop, dust, vacuum, and wash your walls, windows and baseboards. Do a deep clean of your home making certain that everything is sparkling clean.

Gender Neutral Bedroom

When staging your home for sale you want the master bedroom to be a retreat for prospective buyers that attracts to both male and female. White crisp clean linens, an uncluttered nightstand and matching lamps will give you that all around clean look.

Pet City

Even though your furry friends are a big part of your family, ensure that you have a pet sitter for days you have showings. Many people have allergies and/or fear of animals so do yourself and your pet a favor and relocate them during that time.


Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details. Once you’ve got your home in order, stand back and let your house shine and it is sure to impress potential homebuyers. 


I have listed a new property at 3056 GLENDALE PL in Abbotsford.
Prime McMillan Area location. The basement entry home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in desirable East Abbotsford. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully renovated kitchen, modern finishings, new appliances and an open layout into the spacious living room with gas fireplace. For the kids the fully finished basement has a recreation room with 2nd gas fireplace, 2 additional bedrooms, full bath and a large laundry area. Fully fenced backyard has a large deck for entertaining and a new 12 x 12 shed complete with power and heat for all your hobbies or storage needs. All this just minutes to ARC, all levels of schools, restaurants and shopping.


You only get one shot at a good first impression so let’s make it count! With spring finally here and the warm weather upon us it’s time to start thinking of the outside of our homes. When it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, there are many small inexpensive changes that can make a strong impact on the first impression. Below are some affordable and helpful tips that will help you accomplish your curb appeal dreams.


Dress up the driveway

Driveways and walkways are often the one thing that gets forgotten about the most when it comes to landscaping. To jazz up your driveway and curb appeal start with removing any weeds or moss that may be growing from the cracks and joins. If you happen to come across some large cracks try and fill them the best you can. For more of an aesthetic feel; line the driveway with some small shrubs or greenery to give it more of a vibrant look and feel.



Refresh the planter beds

Shape up your garden beds by giving them a good pruning and weeding. This will help remove any plants that didn’t quite make it or are starting to die off. Consider adding some brightly colored new plants to give your planter bed that exciting pop of color. When adding new elements to your garden, choose plants that won’t obstruct the home, you want something simple yet elegant that will frame your house. You can also add some fresh top soil or mulch to freshen it up. If you have a stone or brick border around your garden, replace any pieces that may be cracked or damaged. If you don’t have a border around your flower bed ensure that you give the grass a good edging to give it a sharp clean look. Prime spots for planter beds are in the front corners of your yard, along the driveway or walkway – think small shrubs, and right in front of your home.



The grand entry

Your front door is the focal point to your home, you want it to be appealing yet welcoming. Make a statement with giving your front door a pop of color by painting it. There are so many different color options to choose from. This will freshen up the look of your home and give potential buyers something to remember.



Inviting porch

Make your front porch welcoming to your guests. Add a few chairs with a few brightly colored accent pillows and a throw with a small bistro table to draw some excitement to your front porch. You can even go as far as having a few small potted succulents for some greenery or perhaps a pot of your favorite flowers. Adding some well-placed classic accessories can also give your front porch that added boost of curb appeal. Consider adding a seasonal wreath to your front door or even some large lantern candle holders to draw your eye in. Remember to keep the size of your front porch in mind while decorating. You don’t want to go overboard and clutter it up with too many elements. Simple and bright personality is key.



Replace old dated hardware

House numbers, door handles and overhead light fixture are quick and easy elements to update to add some personalized style and interest to your homes curb appeal.  There are lots of simple DIY projects that you can find for creating an eye appealing look for your house. Try mounting the numbers on planks of wood to give it that modern look; or keep it more traditional by placing the numbers on a small plaque to make them stand out. New drop down lighting will also give your home that wow appeal.



Paint the planters

An easy solution to give you that pop color by your front door is painting those boring planter pots. Jump a little outside your comfort zone and try a bold color like blue or purple. Once you start adding your flowers into the pots it will brighten everything up giving it a new exciting look.


Light the Way

Solar powered lighting can make a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home while adding security. Lighting up your driveway or walk way to your home can give it that nice ambiance you may be looking for while still being functional.  Solar lighting is extremely cost effective as it won’t rack up your hydro bill and the install is very user friendly – no cords!



Designing the right curb appeal may take some time, but think of it this way. Spend a couple weekends out in the beautiful warm weather and make your home look fantastic while you bask in the sunshine.  Having the right curb appeal for your home will give your potential buyers something to remember when viewing your home.


I have sold a property at 9 3632 BULKLEY DR in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 9 3632 BULKLEY DR in Abbotsford.
Seldom offered for sale. Laurentian Green is a 10 unit 45+ owner occupied, well self-managed, secluded complex built on a 2.34 acre site, located off the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential east side neighborhood. In a private setting, this end rancher style home has two bonus size bedrooms, den, family size dining and living rooms with vaulted ceiling, 16ft family room off kitchen and eating area, and backs onto green belt. Cost effective hot water heat is included in strata fee. Enclosed garage + 2 additional parking spaced. No charge RV parking, when if available. 1 pet permitted with restrictions. Showings by appointment.

I have sold a property at 84 45640 WATSON RD in Sardis
I have sold a property at 84 45640 WATSON RD in Sardis.
Westwood Estates. Well cared for and tastefully decorated home situatied on a fully fenced pet friendly lot. This air contioned home has had many upgrades over time of roof, flooring and plumbing. This family friendly community within walking distance of all amenities, would be a great place to start home ownership or to retire to.

I have sold a property at 32845 BAKERVIEW AVE in Mission
I have sold a property at 32845 BAKERVIEW AVE in Mission.
Great neighborhood, quiet street and a meticulously cared for home offered for sale by the original owner. Updates include modern color schemes, gas fireplace, crown moldings, new flooring, doors, railings and updated bathrooms. Also features an updated kitchen and appliances with a build in microwave. Basement is also fully finished with an updated full bathroom and laundry room complete with custom cabinets and sink. Outside you will find updated vinyl windows, 2 year old roof and a large deck off the kitchen with low maintenance aluminum railings. Fully enclosed garage (356 sq. ft) And lots of room for R.V. parking on this 9150 sq. ft. lot with fully fenced back yard. Nothing left to do but move in and enjoy.

I have sold a property at 3106 KINGFISHER DR in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 3106 KINGFISHER DR in Abbotsford.
Never before offered for sale! 1700+ sq. ft. well maintained Rancher on full basement. 6500 sq. ft. lot. Family sized kitchen adjacent eating area and family room. Formal living / dining rooms. 3 bedrooms / 2 baths on the main. Partially finished basement with additional bedroom, rec room and office / den. Upgrades include granite counter tops, laminate flooring, roof and hot water tank. Close to High Street mall, all levels of school, public transit and convenient exit 83 for East / West freeway access for the commuter.

I have sold a property at 109 32725 GEORGE FERGUSON WAY in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 109 32725 GEORGE FERGUSON WAY in Abbotsford.
Bright and spacious 1274 sq.ft. corner unit suite in the popular Uptown on George Ferguson Way. Perfect central location with transit nearby or a short walk to superstore, restaurants, both malls and Abbotsford's jewel Mill Lake Park. Features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths plus a huge laundry room with plenty of in suite storage Maintenance fees include heat and hot water. 2 parking stalls included in the secure underground parking garage. No age restrictions, rentals allowed and pets ok (with restrictions). Unit is vacant so quick possession possible.

I have sold a property at 32608 PRESTON BLVD in Mission
I have sold a property at 32608 PRESTON BLVD in Mission.
Horne Creek homes are designed to blend traditional styles with today's modern conveniences, making you proud to be the host for all of life's celebrations. Kitchens that feature thick stone counter tops, shaker style cabinets and a center island create a practical place for your family to enjoy a meal. Family rooms that are made for entertaining with gas fireplaces to gather around on a chilly night. Bathrooms with functional layouts and clean luxurious detailing. Horne Creek is a non-strata neighbourhood where there are no additional maintenance fees applied.

I have sold a property at 307 33401 MAYFAIR AVE in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 307 33401 MAYFAIR AVE in Abbotsford.
This bright two bedrooms 3rd flr corner suite on the quiet North side of the building has been updated with quality laminate and vinyl flooring throughout, new stainless steel appliances, current colors and $3000 in window covers. Located in a central location within walking distance of Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Mayfair Gardens is a very well managed 45+ owner occupied building with no rentals, no pets allowed. This suite is absolutely spotless and shows a 10. (How water and heating included in strata fee).

I have sold a property at 34201 WOODBINE CRES in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 34201 WOODBINE CRES in Abbotsford.
Rarely available rancher in desirable central location of Abbotsford. Quality build in 2014 by Meinen Construction Ltd. and still shows like new inside and out. This home will not dissapoint. Open main floor layout features beautiful modern kitchen cabinets, stainless appliances, quartz countertops, large island, engineered hardwood floors, custom blinds throughout and a floor to ceiling gas fireplace. Bonus 20' x 14' upstairs loft perfect for the kids playroom or additional living space. Fully fenced corner lot has RV parking potential and a covered deck.

I have sold a property at 33460 RAINBOW AVE in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 33460 RAINBOW AVE in Abbotsford.
Great street appeal with this rancher style home with full basement. Convenient, central location within walking distance to UFV and the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Features 3 bedrooms up plus a bonus 4th in the basement. Plenty of room for 2 more with windows in the basement. Basement also has a full bathroom and large rec room. New roof, all vinyl windows and blinds done in 2008. This house is easily suite-able with a shared entrance from the enclosed garage. Enjoy the park like backyard on your covvered deck with a newly installed aluminum awning. This turnkey home is excellent for 1st time buyers or investors.

I have sold a property at 33553 LYNN AVE in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 33553 LYNN AVE in Abbotsford.
This charming rancher with fully furnished basement is in a great central location within walking distance to U.F.V. and the Abbotsford regional hospital and cancer center. Features 3 bedrooms up plus a bonus 4th bedroom in the fully finished basement with separate entrance. Updates in the last 4 to 5 years include new roof, vinyl windows, new blinds, all new plumbing throughout, hot water tank, fully closed in garage and a freshly renovated main floor bath room. Yard is perfectly manicured and is fully fenced in the back. This turnkey home is excellent for 1st time buyers or investors.

I have sold a property at 10 45545 TAMIHI WAY in Sardis
I have sold a property at 10 45545 TAMIHI WAY in Sardis.
Welcome to the popular Serenity at Garrison Crossing. This 2 storey with fully finished basement features 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and an open concept main floor living area with lots of natural light. Good sized backyard backing onto park / common green space. Heat pump installed in 2010. Basement has a good sized rec room, den (could be 4th bedroom), full sized bathroom and its own stairwell entrance. Great location in the complex with parking for 4. Witin walking distance to all levels of shopping / recreation and a well-run strata.

I have sold a property at 2796 TOWNLINE RD in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 2796 TOWNLINE RD in Abbotsford.
"Legal Suite" Popular Gardner Park Area. Nice basement entry home on 6000 S/F Lot. 3 bedrooms up, plus 2 bedroom legal suite down. 10' x 13' sundeck facing the morning sun off bright white kitchen. 3 full bathrooms. 2 fridges, 2 stoves, 2 dishwashers and shared washer & dryer. Only 5 yr old roof. Double garage plus unlimited size of R.V. parking beside home. Close to park, bus, schools & shopping.

I have sold a property at 2997 SOUTHERN CRES in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 2997 SOUTHERN CRES in Abbotsford.
One owner! 2 storey full basement home, 10,156 sq.ft. private greenbelt park like lot complete with in ground pool. Vaulted ceiling, spiral staircase, hardwood floor, carousel family size eating nook adjacent to large family room. Mainfloor den, 3 bedrooms. Huge master with sitting area and 4 pce ensuite. Pride of ownership is evident in this home with continuous ongoing detail and maintenance. Easy East/West freeway access for the commuter.

I have sold a property at 3001 CROSSLEY DR in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 3001 CROSSLEY DR in Abbotsford.
Completely renovated with real hardwood, tile, heritage feature mouldings and popular colours this 3 bedroom rancher with a legal 2 bedroom suite in popular Ellwood location backs on to greenbelt park. Close to all levels of public schoolincluding Catholic and MEI private for the growing family. A perfect home for the retired or retiring couple that's not ready for strata living. Take advantage of the new Discovery Walking Trails and Fish Trap Creek conservation area or walk to MRC spots and recreation facility. Convenient east/west freeway access for the commuter.

I have sold a property at 308 34101 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 308 34101 OLD YALE RD in Abbotsford.
Spacious floor plan. Bright and open 2 bedroom, south facing suite in popular Yale Terrace. Decorated in popular current designer colors. Recent upgrades of laminate and carpet. Located in Old Town Abbotsford within walking distance to therecently upgraded Abbotsford Recreation complex. Two parking stalls. Convenient east/west freeway access for the commuter. Rentals are allowed however large majority of residence are owners.

I have sold a property at 35362 MCKINLEY DR in Abbotsford
I have sold a property at 35362 MCKINLEY DR in Abbotsford.
Located in the Sandy Hill area, this home features 9' ceilings and a great room main floor plan with den. Island kitchen, crown molding and heritage finishing. Hardwood and tile flooring. Popular current color decorating. Private backyardwith a spectacular west view. Easy east/west commuter hwy and West Coast Express access. A perfect home for the young family moving up.
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