What do you do when you’ve got guests coming over to your property? You make it look its best, right? From clearing up and cleaning to dusting, polishing, and other final touches, you probably have some sort of ritual that you go through to ensure that it’s up to standard. In short, you “set the stage” to prepare a warm welcome for your visitors.
When these visitors are potential house-buyers, however, fluffing pillows and aligning frames isn’t quite enough. Chances are that these people are complete strangers, and they’re not there to see you; but your property. Every single detail is going to make a difference, so if you want to sell your property, it’s your job to make everything look better than ever before.
You may opt for consulting with a staging expert to get the job done, or you can turn it into a DIY project – it all depends on the time and budget that you’ve got. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you with staging your property for sale.
Before you get started, imagine that every room in your house was being photographed for a magazine. Are they picture perfect? If not, start with these easy but super-effective points:
Get rid of any clutter
Cleanliness is definitely important, but decluttering will take you that step further. Be sure to get rid of anything that needn’t be there. Start by putting everything in its proper place, and then move on to other smaller details that are not a necessity for potential buyers.
Check for any damages
Remove any stains, replace broken objects, and see that everything is working the way it should; flickering lightbulbs, squeaky doors, and creaky floorboards included. Anything that can’t be fixed – whether stains or breakages – must be removed altogether.
Get your shine on
Not all that glitters is gold, but it’s surely better than looking old, rusty, or stained. Be sure to polish everything that can be polished – mirrors, windows, glass and silverware, and give your furniture a good wipe while you’re at it too.
Let in some air
Stuffy rooms are far from welcoming, no matter how pretty they look. Open up your windows regularly to change the air around; this will keep the rooms fresh and cool.
Add some life
Plants and flowers are a great way of adding colour and life to any space, and they’re a very easy and inexpensive way of making any room look instantly better and more ‘homey’.
Maximise the space of the property
Try to make every room look as spacious and well-lit as possible. Consider alternative furniture placement options and remove anything that takes up space unnecessarily.
Make it welcoming
Small finishing touches can make a difference both in terms of the aesthetic of the property, as well as the feeling it gives potential buyers upon entering. A fresh door mat, plants, and perhaps some air freshener can go a long way. We also recommend preparing some baked goods and offering tea, coffee, or hot chocolate to visitors to enhance the overall viewing experience.
As you can see, all of these points are perfectly feasible but will make a very big difference. You don’t even have to do it all alone – get some friends or family members to help you out and turn it into a fun group project.
No matter what, remember that every detail counts. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and try to look at your property from that point of view.
For more advice on selling, pricing, or staging your property for sale, get in touch with us today. Don’t forget that our Exclusive properties are sold within an average of 90 days, so if you’re eager to sell, we’re eager to help you!