Everybody has heard that if you are going to paint your house you need to consider the effect your paint color will have on resale value. Most experts agree that keeping your color scheme neutral is the safest option; however that does not mean that you need to paint your entire home boring, drab beige.

The definition of “Neutral” when it comes to color simply means that the color is not on the color scale. Colors such as black, white, grey, brown, and beige do not fit on the color scale as they are actually devoid of color. The whole science of this concept is best left to the scientists! All you need to do is look at a color wheel and stay away from any of the colors on it. Simple enough, right?Pencil_color_wheel

I know the idea of neutral color schemes can seem quite boring but there are many beautiful colors that fall into the category of neutral but are not the boring beige of your parents’ generation.Grey is a popular choice for neutral color schemes. In all the varying shades of grey, from a dark, smoky grey to a light silver toned hue, grey adds an element of class to any room.

Black, although not recommended as a full room color can be used to accent a room and make a bold statement in certain areas.  Accessories such as area rugs, lamps, vases, and other such items look fantastic in black and create a great focal point in the room.

White is always a great choice for bathrooms, as it adds a crisp clean feeling to the room and makes for a soothing and tranquil space. White can also be used to accent darker room colors, such as grey or brown to add lighter element to the room.

The shades of brown and beige don’t need to be boring. There are several shades that are really quite nice and create a soft warm glow in a room. Boring beige is a thing of the past and many paint stores have a wide variety of beautiful neutral brown and beige shades that you are sure to love.

10041765_3The moral of the story is that neutral does not mean that you need to have a colorless and drab home. It simply means that you should stay away color from the bright colors found on a standard color wheel. No bright fuchsias, or flaming reds, or the trendy shades that come and go.  If you want to maintain value and appeal to the buyer’s market, keep these neutral colors in mind and speak to a reputable paint dealer who can help guide you through the maze of neutrality!




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Let’s face it, getting your home ready to go on the market can be overwhelming to say the least.  So we have come up with a few guidelines to help you get started. Here’s a home staging checklist you can use:

Begin with the inside of your home and work your way through each room. Once the inside is staged, you can move outside and make the outside as beautiful and appealing as the inside.


  • Try to reduce the number of family photos and knick-knacks throughout your home.
  • Rearrange or remove furniture to create more space.
  • Put all bathroom toiletries in drawers or cabinets.
  • Place a single bottle of hand soap or a clean bar of soap on the sink, together with a hand towel to make your bathrooms appear clean and organized.
  • Clear all items out of shower stalls and tubs except for necessities.
  • Clear off night stands, dressers, etc.
  • Store extra books, magazines, or miscellaneous items underneath the bed or in storage boxes that are out of site.Clutter
  • Minimize the amount of items in closet; a good rule is to keep your closets a ¼ full.
  • Clear off all coffee tables and end tables, a centerpiece or decorative item is fine, but get rid of all personal items and junk.
  • Move pet food bowls out of sight.
  • Clear off dining room table; leave only a centre piece or other decorative item.
  • Remove additional leaves from tables to make the room look larger.
  • Clear all unnecessary objects from the kitchen counter tops.
  • Remove all pictures, magnets, drawings, messages, etc. from the refrigerator.
  • Make sure all cabinets appear spacious and well organized.

Outside Home

  • Remove all garbage cans, wood scraps, extra building materials, etc.
  • Remove any dead plants and weed all garden areas.
  • Keep your lawn freshly cut and edged.
  • ·Prune bushes and trees.
  • Sweep out and organize the garage.
  • Arrange any tools or building materials in the garage and place in tool boxes or chests.
  • Add a decorative planter or floral arrangement at the front door to welcome buyers.

This checklist is a great place to start when you are staging your home.

Remember YOU ARE TURNING THE HOME INTO A PRODUCT, and you want to appeal to the majority of buyers. Your goal is to eliminate as many objections as possible!   If you don’t properly prepare your home to go on the market, you will only help to sell the competition!

Most home staging articles teach you the tips and secrets to stage your home. Many home stagers hand out advice about keeping neutral tones and making sure your home is spotless, but very few tell you what not to do. There are many factors that can make your home difficult to sell, but if you can stay away from these home staging no-no’s, you will get a leg up on the competition.

 1.)    Cover up one stink with another

 Sweetpea_floral_arrangementBad smells in the home are usually due to bacteria, mold, mildew, or other such stinkers hiding in the nooks and crannies of your home. Carpets and other fabrics hold on to odors that are floating in the air and trap them in their fibres. All the air freshener and scented candles in the world will not cover up these odors. If you want to remove odors from your home, seek the root issue. Get carpets steam cleaned, wash all the fabrics (curtains, pillow slips, sheets, blankets, etc.) in your home, clean fabric covered furniture, and try to keep strong cooking odors to a minimum when you have your home on the market. Lighting scented candles to hide unpleasant odors, only masks the original odors and leaves your home smelling like a candle factory, which for most, is equally unpleasant.

2.)    Avalanche Warning

 Your realtor calls and tells you that they will be showing your home in an hour. You look around your home and see all the day to day junk that has been piling up all week. You have an hour. What are you going to do with all this stuff? Panic sets in and you are very tempted to just stash all the loose ends in any drawer, cupboard, or closet you can find. STOP! Resist this urge!

 Prospective buyers WILL open your drawers, cupboards and closets. You do not want an avalanche of stuff falling down on these people. It sets a bad tone for the rest of the showing. Buyers will wonder what else is lurking in their wake as they walk through you home. If you don’t have time to sort out all the junk kicking around your home and the clock is ticking, grab a box, a garbage bag or anything that you can find that is big enough to hold it all and start throwing it all in.  Label the bag, box, or container and neatly place it with all your other packed items. You can always come back to this stash of junk and sort through it. The idea is to get it out and away from the eyes of your potential buyers and maintain the tidiness of your drawers and closets. If there is a will, there is a way!

 3.)    Roaming Rover


I get it. Rover is a part of the family and your home. You love him and you do not understand how he could possibly be a deterrent when someone is deciding whether or not to buy your home!   I’ll explain the possible drawbacks of keeping pets around during a showing.

 Firstly, Rover was once a puppy, and everyone knows that puppies often have accidents. Where did these accidents happen? The first thing a potential buyer will think of when they see your loveable Rover, is that your carpets and underlay are probably a mess. This may or may not be a fact, BUT it will be an assumption.

 Second, Rover is probably the most loveable and gentle animal on the planet, but if a potential buyer does not like animals, or has a fear of animals; it takes your home off their list immediately. The buyer will be so aware of the animal in the home that it will make seeing all the fabulous aspects of your home impossible. 

 Lastly, Rover will be stressed out. All the strange people coming in and out of the house will likely upset Rover and that may lead to unusual  behaviors. You do not need poor Rover barking and growling at your potential buyers. Take him for a walk , a car ride, to a friends , across the street for a doggie treat and a coffee, it doesn’t matter where you take him, just make sure he is not in the house for the ten minutes it takes for your home to be shown. I understand that this seems like an enormous hassle and it is completely unfair to you and your pet, but at the end of the day, you and Rover need to sell this house so that you may both enjoy your new home together.


Knowing these home staging no-no’s may not increase your asking price or speed up the sale of your home, however it will make your home show well. Realtors are more likely to show your home if they know there are no major issues with it. The laws of probability state that the more people that see your home the more likely it that it will sell, and that is your main goal. SELL, SELL, SELL!

Would you  like more information on what else you can do to get your home ready for your local market?  Contact us today! info@prepthishouse.com


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