You’ve made a big life change and decided to sell your home. Now you want it sold at the best price at the best value. Staging your home is one of the most efficient ways to manage that. We have compiled a list of some quick and easy tips to help stage your home for a viewing, good luck!
Image Courtesy of Amy Smith Marketing Manager at KeyAGENT
First things first guys, and this is vital, YOU HAVE TO REMOVE CLUTTER.
If you’re serious about selling your home and genuinely want to try to get the best sale then decluttering your home is the most important step.
Ideally you’re looking to remove 30% clutter from each room. I know that might seem a bit excessive but by removing 30% you make the room seem bigger and far more appealing to potential buyers.
Think about it this way, you will be packing up these items to move into your new house anyway. Why not box it up and put it into storage?
Another handy tip is to also remove between a third of your clothing from your wardrobes and drawers to give the appearance that there is plenty of storage space for all their items.
If you’re looking into your kids room and wondering how you are ever going to conquer that task, then take a look at our previous article Behold, The Toy Declutter Guide.
Likewise in the kitchen, try to remove all items from worktops including microwaves, toasters etc if they are too bulky it seems like there’s less space, also clutter of kitchen items on the worktop makes it looker messier and again suggests there is less space.
If you go into each room and do the ‘bin, donate, store and keep’ trick you will easily declutter the place.
Be ruthless guys, it is an important step to take to stage your home to it’s best potential.
Clean Down and Spruce Up
Clean the carpets, clean the doors, clean the shelves that have never been cleaned before…
It goes without saying, that cleaning is the most efficient and cheapest way after decluttering to make your home seem so much more presentable, and in turn desirable.
Think about when you visit a hotel, how important is it that it’s clean? Have that standard when you’re cleaning your home.
People will without doubt go through your cupboards and drawers, make sure once everything is cleaned on the surface that you open up everything and make sure that it is organised on the inside. We don’t want someone opening up the spare cupboard and have an avalanche of unused items fall on top of them.
Once it’s cleaned and organised think about the quick fixes you can do to spruce the place up?
Look at the paint work, we all know that neutral colours sell. Is your glaringly bright sunshine yellow room really going to appeal to everyone? Maybe a quick lick of paint will make it much more appealing to a wider audience.
It’s not you, it’s me
I know it’s sad, and you spent so much time painting that beautiful mural of your family dog on the back wall, and endless hours choosing the perfectly mismatching items of furniture to accent the room.
But you must remember to detach yourself – this isn’t going to be your home anymore, that’s the goal – so reel it in and remember to leave rooms accessible for the new buyers. Allow them to see themselves living in this home.
Some easy ways to do this is
- Remove family photos and keepsakes
- Turn heavily themed rooms into more neutral spaces
- Remove memorabilia
Re-clutter – the right way.
Don’t remove everything to the extent that it seems hostile and bare, we still want it to be seen as a liveable home.
To re-clutter in the right way, you have to reintroduce the perfect accessories and accents to add warmth and hominess to the room.
Think clean and tidy, but lived in. Show them what this home can be.
Again, use the hotel mentality.
Go room to room and see what you can add to it.
Bedroom – make the bed up with beautiful fresh linens and display pillows
Bathroom – a fluffy white robe and new and fresh soaps
Dining room or kitchen – dress the table as if guests will be coming over. Have centerpieces or bring in some flowers from the garden.
All these touches are sure to not only make the rooms look as good as a hotel stay, but to allow the buyer to see themselves living in this house.
Staging a home is all about making it seem bigger as well as liveable, an easy way to do this is by utilising each room in your home.
Firstly, rearrange your furniture to create the smoothest flow from room to room. Push the furniture away from the walls and group them together to create an inviting area to sit and have conversation. Symmetrical arrangements normally work well for this.
Secondly, don’t leave any room without a purpose.
A lot of us have that one room in the house that we only open to chuck things into and then close the door again. But when staging a house you need to think bigger, repurpose it into something that will add value.
Consider who your potential buyers will be, an older couple? Perhaps make a reading room, place a nice armchair, table and lamp.
A young couple might like a work space or an office? Perhaps even a meditation room.
If you make the room functional, it will add so much more value and desire to the property.
Similarly try and use awkward areas to their fullest potential. Have an alcove under the stairs? Why not set up a workstation or some book shelves.
Make every space you have into another selling point of the house.
Create an atmosphere
Think about appealing to all the buyer’s senses.
Lighting is mentioned time and time again as a factor that really plays its part in giving your home a better appearance. It’s suggested to use 100 watt bulbs to make it seem brighter and bigger. Also create some ambiance with accent lighting or candles. Make your home as warm and welcoming as possible.
What about sounds, is your home placed on a busy road? Try playing some relaxing music so it isn’t as noticeable. Or are you in the countryside? Why not throw open the windows (if it’s warm enough) and let those birds sing.
Scenting your house is an underused but extremely easy way to present your home as inviting.
A little spray of perfume or a few scented candles are a great idea as long as it isn’t too overpowering, if in doubt think – is there a chance a pregnant woman might throw up at this smell?
Lay out luxurious throws, or use your softest linens to not only give a rich look to the room but something for the buyers to touch and feel. It is suggested that when buyers sit down and feel themselves in the room they are more likely to put in an offer.
Taste? This might be a slight overkill but it definitely tackles a few senses at once – why not bake something? Not only do people tend to linger more when they are eating they also feel a sense of owning you more in return so will potentially discuss things further with you. It also creates such a welcome smell – who doesn’t like the smell of fresh baking?
If you started a project, finish it. Nothing is as off putting as seeing a giant hole in the wall, or an uncovered pipe fitting. It also makes it seem like the house might not be in great condition and buyers might not be willing to invest extra time or money to fix things up.
Look out for any signs of wear and tear and fix them up to a standard that you can be proud off. This will definitely improve on the chance of sale and make your home appear more desirable.
Beware of Dog
Pet odors can be some of the strongest smells and perhaps the most unnoticed by the current owners.. So if you own pets be sure to thoroughly wash where they roam and keep them well out of the way of viewings.
Not all people are dog people. So make sure your pets are locked away or visiting a friend to not physically scare of potential buyers as well as putting them off by associating the house with pet smells or pet related wear and tear.
Remember Outside Too
This is the first impression so be sure you don’t miss it out.
Some tips include:
- Getting rid of bins from view
- Mow the lawn
- Plant some attractive flowers and shrubbery
- Powerwash the walls
- Re-paint if needed
- Hang door numbers so they are easily seen
- Add a welcoming doormat.