When selling your home, it is a good idea to get all the tips you can. By using all possible advice and expertise, you can learn how to dress a house for sale. By following just a few simple home staging tips, you can speed up the sale, as well as add value to your property. It might be as simple as positioning your favourite wingback chair as the focal point on entry to your house or dabbing away dirt from your walls with paint. This is more than just the steps to selling your home; here we take you through those tips that will put your home on show.
Home staging is the process of showcasing the strengths of your home and subtly hiding the weaknesses. You are opening your home to strangers in the hope they will part with hundreds of thousands of pounds. You will want to impress them with the potentials of your home. Part of this is decorating and making it look appealing. It could also be hiding your dirty clothes, clearing the kitchen tops and giving everything a thorough clean.
It also means a little more than this. It means putting in some flourishes, as an actor would on the stage, that will evoke an emotional reaction in your audience. So, on one level this sounds all very mundane, for instance: clean your house. However, on another level, it is about finding that bow to tie on top that will provide an element of wow.
There are lots of different ways you could prepare your home for sale. Here we cover those essential tips that will win the day.
Like all good marketers, you need to target your audience. Think: who would want to buy my house? Are you the sort of home that downsizers would select? Would you be the second step on the market for the young family? Are you going to be the choice of city dwellers looking to retire to the countryside? Knowing who would want to buy your house will help you make choices around the home that suggest this lifestyle. You might have garden furniture and children’s toys in the garden, or you might adapt the small room into an office area. Help your buyer see how their life would be if they bought your home.
Decluttering life is the goal of most individuals. Day in day out we pick up detritus that we then hoard in some weird nostalgia for a happy day or just a day when you were with someone you loved. There is nothing wrong with clutter as such; it usually makes our house our home. However, clutter also makes our rooms seem smaller and more cramped. For visitors, our unique arrangement of beer mats from all the best pubs on a memorable pub crawl might look like rubbish, for instance. When selling your home, it is best to clear out or box up your belongings and keep areas clear.
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Despite suggesting that you clear out your clutter, don’t go so far that your home looks like an unemotional shell. It needs to look like somewhere someone lives – they just live in a minimalist and tidy fashion. The odd rug and cushion can freshen up your furniture and give a sense of luxury in the living room. In the bedroom, making the bed and adorning it with squishy pillows and cushions will help visitors imagine sinking in and relaxing in this room.
Your buyer will receive first impressions from big areas. How the light impacts the room plays a significant part in this. Therefore, cleaning the windows will allow this light in and will give a positive impression of your upkeep and maintenance of the property. Bright and clean floors will be essential in this first impression, as will painting over mud splashes and stains on the wall.
There will be some spaces in your house that are just plain odd. There might be a nook under the stairs or a small utility area that is too small for anything significant. Advertise how you have made the most of this area and so maximise the square footage of the home. This is part of the marketing of the house in terms of how it is used. Estate agents find showing empty properties more challenging because there is no hint of how it will look with people inside. The good news is that living in your property puts you in control of demonstrating how the home would work.
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.