Home Staging Tips to Help You Sell Your Property
by Rizwan Osman on 1st March 2021
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Prospective buyers take just a few seconds to decide whether or not they are interested in your property. So, it is vital to present your home in the best possible light.
Buyers may have several similar properties to choose from, so how do you ensure that yours is the one they fall in love with instantly? Whether you’re just getting ready to sell or are trying to add new life to a stagnant listing, take a look at these 12 home staging tips and make changes that can help your home sell faster and for more money.
1. Make an entrance
First impressions matter so make sure that the front of your property is looking its best. Simply repainting your front door can make your home stand out in a row of terraced houses. Consider replacing the door furniture too, a smart door knob or knocker will impress your buyers.
Remove any weeds, trim shrubs and power wash your drive or path. A new door mat and a potted plant by the door are affordable and effective ways to make a good first impression.
2. Tackle DIY jobs
Buyers will never fall in love with a home unless you demonstrate that you love it too. Tackle any annoying jobs, such as cracked tiles, dripping taps and damaged paintwork. Poor maintenance is always a red flag and will leave buyers wondering what else they will have to deal with after they have moved in.
Dirty interiors make a property feel uncared for, so make sure you clean the flat thoroughly – not forgetting the windows – before you show people round.
Smells are a big turn-off so, if you can, relocate your pets after your clean-up and until the property is sold. Avoid cooking anything too pungent before a viewing. Always air your house before a viewing and avoid using artificial air fresheners, your home should smell clean because it is clean. If you must use a room fragrance opt for quality scent diffusers or scented candles.
4. Give each room its intended purpose
It’s important to show prospective buyers the intended purpose of every room– even if that isn’t what you use it for.
If you tend to use your spare bedroom or dining room as a study or storage area, it might be worth temporarily changing them back to their original use. If you don’t have a bed or dining table to hand, borrow one from a friend or maybe buy one second-hand. This may feel odd, especially if you have other items of furniture in storage, but is a tried and tested method of helping buyers imagine themselves in your space.
Similarly, if you have a double bedroom with just a single bed, make sure it’s clear that the room can accommodate a double.
The longer you own a property, the more clutter you acquire. You might even be selling your flat because you need more space – but your buyers don’t need to know that! Clutter makes rooms look smaller and suggests that your flat lacks storage. Your bits and pieces could even prevent buyers from imagining how they will use the rooms.
Clear your flat of everything that you don’t need, at least while you are selling the property. If you don’t have anywhere to hide it, ask family and friends for help or rent a storage unit until the flat is sold.
Clutter could include furniture too. Strip back your rooms to feature as little furniture as possible, while still defining the purpose of every space.
6. Depersonalise the space
Your personal items, including photographs and collections, could prevent your buyers from visualising themselves in your property. Your home should exude style and charm, but it should be devoid of personal touches that suggest this home belongs to the seller, not the buyer. Start by removing any personal photos and anything that’s pinned to your fridge.
A completely depersonalised interior could feel cold and unwelcoming. Strike the right balance by leaving a few appealing details, such as a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit to create a lived-in feel.
7. Maximise the light
Most buyers value light and airy rooms. Maximise natural light by replacing heavy curtains with lighter ones, or with blinds. Fully open curtains and blinds before viewings and hang mirrors to reflect more light into darker spaces. If you remain concerned about the amount of light, leave the lights on when you or your agent are showing people around.
8. A fresh lick of paint
It’s annoying having to decorate just before you move but sprucing up your home with a lick of paint could make all the difference to getting a quick sale at a great price. This is especially true if your existing colour scheme involves dark or bright shades.
Use neutral tones which will enhance the sense of light and space in your property while ensuring that the décor appeals to the widest possible audience. Sophisticated neutrals may not be everyone’s favourite look but won’t offend anyone either. Those neutrals will also create a unified feel and a pleasing flow from room to room.
9. Spruce up your kitchen
The kitchen can add the most value to your property, a stunning kitchen can make your property stand out. If your kitchen is looking tired and old, consider replacing the cabinets’ doors, which is much cheaper than replacing the entire kitchen. You could also consider upgrading the worktops. Be careful how much you spend, expensive improvements are likely to help you sell your property quicker, but you may not recoup the full value.
10. Remember the outside space
Whether it is a roof terrace, patio or full blown garden, make the most of whatever you have got. Create a simple seating area to show the potencial for alfresco eating and entertaining, add bamboo screens or trellising to create privacy from neighbours and use pot plants, window boxes and hanging baskets to give colour (you can always take these with you when you move).
11. Target your buyers
Tastes vary as do buyers’ priorities. Before staging your property for sale, you should identify who your buyers are likely to be and what they are looking for. A one or two bedroom apartment would probably be most attractive to young professionals, who prefer contemporary décor, a minimalist look and modern appliances. A terraced house may be more attractive to families who want space
12. Set a budget
Set a budget for how much is reasonable to spend, it is important to weigh up the cost of work against how much extra you can sell your home for. If replacing things in your home isn’t cost effective consider whether there is a cheaper solution. For instance old tired cupboards can be repainted or hire a carpet cleaner to spruce up old tired carpets.
We can help
If you are thinking of selling your South West London home, our experienced local estate agents can provide you with a realistic valuation of your property and offer advice for how to stage to property to achieve a quick sale and maximise your selling price. Please contact us today to get a free, no obligation valuation!