After making the decision to sell your home, it is important to prepare and present your home for sale in order to get the most money and to sell it quickly. It is vital to make that first impression count, after all a buyer will typically form an opinion within the first 30 seconds of viewing your home and only 10% can visualise the potential of an un-staged home. Here are a few Property Styling tips to help.
Clear out the clutter by going through all your closets and cupboards. Either donate what you no longer use or put it away in storage. This creates more space and storage ideas that buyers absolutely love. It also helps when it is time to move as there is less packing for you to do.
Buyers need to be able to visualise themselves in your home, not see all your personal items like photos, religious artifacts, certificates, collections and collectibles. Take yourself out of your home, after all you’ve made the decision to sell so it really isn’t your home anymore.
Sparkly & Clean
Clean, clean and clean again. Vacuum, dust, mop and wipe. Clean your cupboards, closets, windows both inside and out, clean under the sinks, clean your appliances they need to sparkle and your countertops, taps, sinks and bathtubs should be shiny and free of water spots. A small but great investment is to hire a professional cleaner to do a deep clean of your home, then you can easily keep on top of cleaning prior to your open homes.
The first thing a potential buyer does, is look at the outside of your home, so your gardens need to be manicured, your lawn needs to be mowed and weeded, driveways, paths and decks all need to be cleaned. Consider using a high pressure sprayer to clean these areas. You can add potted plants and seasonal flowers. If you have a pool, make sure it is clean and looks inviting as pools are a great selling feature. This is your first chance to make a good impression, so you’ve got to make it count.
You may love that red wall in the lounge room, but bright colors don’t appeal to the majority of buyers. Neutral colours work best as it makes your home appear larger and has less chance of offending someone. Make sure every light is working, so replace those burnt out light bulbs and before an open home, turn on every light. Also, open up blinds and draperies to make sure there’s sufficient natural light throughout the home. Remember, lighting is the most effective way to set a mood. If you have a dark room, purchase a floor lamp this will reflect and bounce light from your ceiling.
If you have a leaky tap, hirer a professional to fix it. Make sure all the door handles are secure. Patch any damaged walls and repaint them. Don’t forget the floors, replace that old worn carpet and consider refinishing any damaged hardwood floors. You can also use a new area rug to disguise those shabby floors.
In the bedrooms, try to create a relaxing and luxurious setting, by using soft colours. Consider using a white duvet cover and dress it up with a cosy throw rug, Euro pillows and different shape cushions using two to three colours and make sure you have large side lamps.
Trying to find the right balance with furniture sizing can be tricky as you don’t want to overcrowd a room with large furniture as it will make the room look cluttered and small and you don’t want to leave a room with too little furniture either. This is a great time to remove or replace worn and outdated furnishings, or you can place all your furniture into storage and hire a Professional Property Stylist and hire furniture and accessories.
So there you have it, a few Home Staging tips to help with the presentation and sale of your home, however if you find this a little too daunting then consider hiring a Property Stylist, after all it is a small investment to make for such a large investment you own…your home.
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