When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are crucial!
The way you present your property can significantly impact its marketability and the speed at which it sells. Home staging, the art of preparing and showcasing your home in its best possible light, plays a vital role in attracting potential buyers and achieving a quick sale and a great price.
In this blog, I will reveal some insider tips and tricks to help you stage your home effectively and improve your chances of getting a great price, quickly.
Enhance Street Appeal:
As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The exterior of your home sets the tone for what lies inside. Boost your street appeal by ensuring your front garden is well-maintained, the exterior is freshly painted if needed, and the entrance is welcoming. Mow and edge your lawns, consider adding mulch to your garden beds (mulch is cheap and transforms gardens!), add some potted plants, paint or polish the front door, re-paint weathered render, pressure clean the driveway and repair any visible flaws. These are great starting points!
Clear the Clutter:
De-cluttering is a crucial step in preparing your home. Potential buyers want to see themselves living in the space and a cluttered home can be distracting and overwhelming. Remove excess personal items and furniture, and any unnecessary knick-knacks. Clear countertops, shelves, and closets to create a sense of space. Consider renting a storage unit if needed to temporarily store items during the selling process, or you can use up part of your garage.
Neutralise, though Retain Warmth:
Aim to achieve balance. While your personal style may be unique and appealing to you, it’s important to create a neutral canvas that appeals to a broad range of buyers. Repaint bold or vibrant walls with neutral colours to create a fresh and inviting atmosphere while adding warm personal elements like artwork and tasteful decor to preserve a sense of home. It’s about creating a space that stands out, exuding both charm and the potential for buyers to envision their future in your home.
Highlight Key Features:
Emphasise the best features of your home to capture buyers’ attention. Showcase beautiful home details, such as hardwood floors or vaulted ceilings, by ensuring they are clean and polished. Rearrange furniture to highlight the flow of the rooms and create an open and inviting feel. Consider focal points like fireplaces or stunning views, ensuring they catch the eye and become the centre of attention.
Let There Be Light:
Maximise natural light to create a bright and airy ambience. Open curtains, blinds, and shutters to allow sunlight to flood the rooms. Replace dim or outdated light fixtures with modern, energy-efficient options to create a warm and welcoming environment. Avoid ‘warm white’ bulbs and replace these with ‘cool white’ bulbs where possible. Adequate lighting not only enhances the overall appeal of your home but also makes it appear more spacious.
A clean and fresh home is a must. Give your home a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, including windows, carpets, and appliances. Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas are of great importance to potential buyers. Eliminate any odours and consider adding pleasant scents, such as freshly baked cookies or scented candles, during viewings.
Outdoor Space Matters:
Don’t forget to stage your outdoor spaces. Spruce up your patio, deck, or garden by adding outdoor furniture, potted plants, and cozy accessories. Create an inviting oasis that showcases the potential for outdoor living and entertaining. Mastering the art of home staging can significantly impact the speed at which your property sells and the final selling price. With the above tips in mind, you can create a compelling environment that appeals to potential buyers. Remember, staging is about creating a welcoming and neutral atmosphere that allows buyers to envision themselves living in the space.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to staging your home for a quick and successful sale.
About the Author
Eon Dyson is a highly experienced Real Estate Agent with a proven track record in the industry. Since embarking on his career in 2014, Eon has successfully sold over 180 properties, establishing himself as a trusted professional in the field. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Eon understands the intricacies of the real estate market, enabling him to expertly navigate negotiations and cater to the needs of both buyers and sellers. His dedication to providing exceptional service and achieving optimal outcomes for his clients sets him apart. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property, Eon Dyson is the agent you can rely on for a seamless and successful transaction.