Staging tips are the necessary tricks when it comes to making your home as attractive as possible to a potential buyer when you want to sell-up.
Essentially, there are tried and tested ways you can utilise to help you find a buyer more quickly.
But why should you go to a lot of trouble? The simple answer is that a prospective buyer will form an opinion of your home within the first 7-10 seconds of stepping through the front door.
This means that it’s all about making a good first impression when trying to sell, which is where home staging comes in.
Homes that have been staged sell quicker
Research has been carried out by Mattress Online that reveals that those homes that have been staged sell quicker.
Also, the research reveals that homes that have used home staging will sell for at least 17% more than a property that has not been staged.
And, let’s face it, since most people begin their search for a new home online using property portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove, you need to showcase your property in an effective way because you may not even get the chance of having a buyer physically visit your home to view it otherwise.
It’s important to note that a simple spring clean may not be enough and you may notice from photographs on estate agent websites that the homes that are for sale are pristine and appear to be, in many cases, freshly decorated.
This is part of the staging process to help make a property as attractive as possible.
How do I stage my home to sell?
For those who are asking, ‘How do I stage my home to sell?‘ then the answer is you begin outside.
This means you need to make your home have ‘kerb appeal’ so that when a potential buyer pulls up, they are impressed with what they see. A poorly maintained exterior may indicate an owner who also couldn’t care less about maintaining the interior. To avoid this, you should:
- Mow the lawn
- Plant flowers and trim bushes
- Repaint the front door
- Sweep the path
- Any door furniture or patio furniture should look as good as possible.
The next step is to have a thorough spring clean and this means cleaning every room from top to bottom, particularly the ‘impact rooms’ such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Should you set the table when staging a home?
While you want your home to look lived in, the question as to whether you should set the table when staging a home is an interesting one.
On the one hand, you will spend time decluttering your home as much as possible and setting a table, say for dinner, may appear to a buyer that they are interrupting something and this could be off-putting.
You need to give careful thought to this issue, but it’s probably best to have just a vase of fresh flowers on the table, rather than setting it.
Decorating to sell your home
Sarah Beany is well-known from her TV work in helping people make a property attractive for selling and she recommends decorating to sell your home.
Along with fixing issues such as cracked tiles or a dripping tap, you need to send the right message to buyers.
When you redecorate, you need to aim to do so with neutral colours as this will not put the potential buyer off.
There’s a very simple reason for this and Sarah says that as a potential buyer walks through your home, they can imagine how they can put their own stamp on your property without having to remove yours beforehand.
Perhaps the easiest way to achieve this impression is to paint your home entirely white. And while this may take a few weeks, she says it will all be worth the effort in the end.
Staging a home for quick sale
There are home staging tips that will prepare your home for a speedy sale.
Along with decorating and preparing your home to boost its appeal to a potential buyer, you will need to use lighting, artwork and greenery to make your home look as welcoming and as attractive as possible.
You are dressing your house for sale so that also means tidying the kitchen counters, getting rid of dirty washing and also giving your home a thorough clean. These tips may help:
- Remove clutter
The first tip for home staging is to remove all the clutter in your home. Either store it away so it’s out of sight or throw it away. All surfaces and floors should be sparkling and cupboards should be organised in case a viewer decides to open a cupboard door.
- Floor inspection
All the floors should be clean and squeaky floorboards should be repaired – you should consider re-staining or re-waxing bare floorboards so they look their best. This may be the time to experiment with a rug which may make your property look more homely.
- Refresh walls
It’s a good idea to redecorate with sophisticated and warm neutral colours, so the property looks well put together, rather than using wacky wallpapers and bright colours.
All windows in your home should have curtains or blinds and the staging experts recommend you use long curtains to make small windows look larger and ensure they are pulled back as far as they will go and blinds pulled up to allow light into the room.
Leave your doors open so potential buyers are free to wander around and if the doors need treating or repainting, then do so.
Using mirrors can help make a room appear larger but be wary about hanging artwork because your tastes may not suit the potential buyers. Also, it’s time to remove personal photos because you want the buyer to imagine living in your home and having pictures of smiling strangers is not going to help.
Opt for bed linen in neutral or white colours and these should be clean and also ironed. Pillows should be plumped up and it’s worth considering a throw for added homeliness appeal.
You should pull any furniture away from walls and those items that are taking up unnecessary space should be removed. Tables should be free from clutter.
You should use candles and air fresheners to rid your home of any faint smells so that it has a fresh smell instead. Clean carpets – particularly if you have pets.
How to dress your house for sale in UK
This article highlights the tricks you need to dress your house for sale in the UK, so you will find potential buyers who want to buy your property when they visit.
Essentially, the trick is to make your house look as perfect as possible, but also make it appear lived in.
The aim is to encourage a potential buyer to see your home as theirs potentially and some staging experts will recommend that you have a bowl of fruit or fresh flowers for when the estate agent takes pictures and for when buyer’s come for a viewing.
Everything detailed here reveals the staging tips for selling your home and the effort in doing so will lead to a quick sale. Good luck!