This post provides five practical condo staging tips that can be tacked by sellers before contacting a Toronto condo stager such as StagingWorks to prepare their unit for sale.

There’s no question about it, the size of condos in the city of Toronto seem to get smaller and smaller with every additional tower that’s erected. According to the most recent stats from 2013, the average size of a condo in Toronto is just 735 square feet. With some industry experts referring to this trend as the “Manhattanization” of Toronto, it shows no sign of ending anytime soon.

But fret not; space can be optimized to its full potential without a lot of work and even on a limited budget. There are many simple ways to jazz up your condo without adding to it like using paint to focus on a particular area or to create the illusion of a larger space. A can of paint costs as little as $30 a gallon and can transform your space.

When putting your condo on the market there are many simple tasks that can change your home from ordinary to extraordinary. It doesn’t take much to make a big impact, but here are some tried and true condo staging tips we’ve learned along the way that will be sure to help you:

Tip #1: Clear the counters
Clutter on the counters is a big no-no. Not only does it look messy but it also makes the room much smaller in appearance. Pretty much everything, your coffee maker, toaster, knives, everything should be taken off the counters. A nice vase with colorful, fragrant flowers is your best option.

Tip #2: Purchase a beautiful new shower curtain
Bathrooms are small, and a really pretty shower curtain can make a big impact by sprucing it up with a stylish item. Ensure that your counters are clear in the bathrooms too. Combine that with fresh flowers and nice, wimple white linens and you’re done.

Tip #3: Bedding is always best
The easiest way to spruce up the master is by adding some gorgeous new bedding and accent pillows.  Again, because the space is so small, new bedding will make a huge impact on the overall look of the room.

Tip #4: De-clutter
<link to get organized article>Most living room condos have way too much stuff. The best thing to do is de-clutter like crazy! Get rid of books, vases, personal pictures and store them.  The goal with de-cluttering a small space is to create as much visual space as possible.

Tip #5: Don’t forget the floors
Add a nice light rug to the living room, it will instantly open up the space and really pull everything together.

Most condos are open concept so the best advice is to keep in simple. A no frills approach to staging when selling your condo is best because it appeals to everyone, not just a small, niche group. Sites like Pinterest will give you ideas and a talented condo stager can help you map out a plan for those wonderful ideas.

The landscape for condos is rapidly changing and they are being embraced by more and more buyers. The old cliché of Ikea furniture and homogenous décor is giving way to a new reality of sophisticated, customized spaces that will attract the perfect buyer.  Hopefully, utilizing these condo staging tips allows sellers to realize a premium price when they sell.

  1. Great article! Emphasizing the need of a rug especially in open concept condos is a must. One thing I might add is that the rug should at least touch the furniture. It looks better when it is a bit under the front legs of every piece of furniture. When I am giving a home staging consultation for an occupied condo, sometimes the area rugs I see in there are so small they look like a front door mat under the coffee table! A large rug as your photo shows, pulls all the furniture together and defines the area in a large open space.

  2. I agree with all of these tips, When putting your condo on the market, it should be presentable, organized and beautiful to attract more buyers. Even how small your condo, if these 5 tips are properly applied, i’m sure they will like it.

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