|July 4, 2017||No Comments|
One of the key tasks in selling your home is to make it appealing and memorable to potential buyers when they come to view it. Of course, this is the challenge – you want the home to look warm and welcoming, yet you don’t want to overwhelm buyers with your own personal imprint to the point where they can’t see themselves living there.
Here are some tried and tested strategies to help you stage your home to make potential buyers think: “I can see myself living here!”
1. Finish what you started
If you have any half-finished DIY projects waiting for completion, finish them before the first buyers come to visit. You don’t want to highlight the fact that it will take money and effort to make the house complete – this will put off some buyers, and make others demand a lower selling price.
2. Concentrate on curb appeal
Tidy up the front garden and the front entrance so the home looks smart and welcoming. Simply mowing the lawn, neatening the garden beds and sweeping the front steps can make a huge difference to the first impression of your home. For extra appeal, invest in a fresh new doormat and add some pot plants.
Decluttering is the golden rule of selling your home. When you remove all the excess from your home, you will find it easier to keep all the surfaces clean and bright before buyers come to view, and you are also giving them a better perspective of your property. A decluttered home looks more relaxing and spacious, and it is easier for the buyer to examine the features and layout of the home while visualising themselves in the space. Don’t forget to declutter your cupboards as well so you can present ample storage space which is a great selling point. Twenty percent open space in each storage area will give the impression of spaciousness.
As a bonus, you will find packing and moving is far more efficient once your house is clutter free!
4. Keep it clean
Make sure the surfaces are sparkling, the floors are vacuumed or polished and the bathroom is pristine before visitors arrive.
5. Add lighting
Allow plenty of light into your home, so buyers can see the house at its best. In the kitchen and living areas, pull back curtains and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. Turn bedside lamps on so they can see that the bedroom is comfortable and relaxing. You can enhance the effect in various rooms by adding reflective objects like mirrors or glass ornaments to diffuse the light.
6. User friendly furniture arrangement
Rearrange your furniture to make the room look inviting and also create a clear path for easy traffic flow across the room. You generally find that you can remove several pieces of furniture from your usual arrangement to ensure the room is less cluttered.
7. Highlight feature pieces
You don’t need to rush out and buy a new lounge suite to impress your future buyers, but if you do have a special feature piece of furniture, set it aside so it stands out. For example, put a fabulous wing chair in a corner near the window, or a lovely vase in a prominent place near the front entrance.
8. Neutral with splashes of colour
Potential buyers are most responsive to a neutral colour palette, as this will look cleaner, less cluttered and won’t clash with personal taste preferences. However, you should also add some pops of colour such as bright cushions, a neatly placed rug at the end of the bed or vase of fresh flowers.
9. Don’t be personal
Minimise items that are quirky or sentimental or simply reflect your individual taste, as these items could distract buyers from the house itself. You want the house to look warm and inviting without investing it with too much distinctive personality – otherwise, the buyers might not be able to visualise themselves living there.
10. Ask for opinions
When you feel that you have staged your home correctly, don’t hold back from asking for advice or feedback. Your real estate agent can offer simple and effective suggestions to increase your home’s market appeal.
If you need expert advice about staging your home before selling, contact us today.