In a competitive market, it’s all about how you prepare your home for photos and viewings. The best way to make your home stand out from the crowd is to stage it for potential buyers. It can sometimes be difficult for viewers to imagine themselves living in a new house, so make things easier for them with our staging tips.
6 Tips for Staging your Home
Introduce kerb appeal
First impressions really do count. Sometimes people will nip on over to have a quick look at a house from the outside before they choose whether or not to book an appointment to view.
The front of your house needs to make a good impression, to persuade people to look inside and also to start viewings off on a positive note. There’s no better start to a tour of a home than a welcoming entrance.
A few key things to consider:
- Driveways: sweep up and remove any weeds. Consider pressure washing your driveway to give that great first impression.
- Mow lawns, trim hedges and tidy borders. If you have a fence, give it a fresh lick of paint.
- Clean the windows and the front door. How about painting your front door in a new colour too?
Having lots of items squeezed into a room can make it feel so much smaller, so it’s a great idea to have a declutter. Large collections of personal belongings and too many pieces of furniture can really distract viewers from appreciating the size of a room and any lovely features. Clutter can also make it more difficult for people to visualise themselves living in the space, which is the opposite of what you want to happen.
When people view your home, you want them to be able to easily imagine living there, to visualise how it would be if they were to move in. Reducing the number of personal items on show will really help with this.
There are varying opinions on the subject of how many personal items to have on display. Whilst some suggest that it’s better to remove all photographs showing you and your family, others say that your home needs personality and to feel like a much-loved home.
In reality, there’s a really happy medium. You don’t want a house that looks totally bare and lacking any homely feel at all, yet you don’t want to go over the top. In order to get the best of both worlds, keep a reasonable amount of ornaments on display and box up anything you think makes a space look really busy, ready for moving day.
Perhaps keep the number of personal photographs and ornaments to a minimum and pack the excess items and store them out of the way of viewers. You’re making your life a little easier for packing time too – a win-win!
Finish DIY jobs
Many people love the thought of being able to move into a house that needs nothing doing to it. There’s never been a better time to finish off those small jobs that need doing.
Make everything look finished, neat and to a high standard, and your viewers will love that they won’t have to lift a finger.
Showcase each room for what it should be
Staging a house for sale is all about showcasing the whole house as best as you can to really appeal to buyers. If you have a dining room, make it clear that that’s what it is. Similarly with a spare bedroom, try to stage the room as a bedroom, even if it’s never been used for this function, or at least make it appear as a very useful room.
Space in a room with no purpose? Maybe create a reading nook with a comfy chair and small table topped with books. Make each room have a real purpose so that buyers can see how useful every space is.
Have a big spring clean
A home that both looks clean and smells fresh is so much more welcoming than the alternative. If your house looks lovely and clean, not only does it make the house more appealing, it also gives the impression that it has been well looked after and maintained.
Steaming any carpets and rugs is a great way to freshen them up and get rid of any pet odours. Opening all the windows a while before any viewings will bring plenty of fresh air in and removing any pet beds and litter trays also helps to keep everywhere smelling nice.
Sell the lifestyle
When you sell a house, you’re not just selling bricks and mortar, you’re selling the lifestyle too. You really want buyers to walk into your home and fall in love with the lifestyle that’s on offer there, as well as the house. This is where the little touches can perfectly finish off what you’ve already done.
A vase of fresh flowers in the hallway and the kitchen gives a cheery touch. Filling the fruit bowl with lemons and limes adds a beautiful dose of bright yellow and green to the room. Some luxurious toiletries on display in the bathroom and beautiful bottles of perfume decorating your dressing table complete the job perfectly.
Follow all of these tips and fingers crossed, your home will be sold in no time!