Five tips for how to stage a home
Are you preparing to sell your home? Home-staging and styling has become a big trend, particularly in this market.
Potential buyers will look at photos and judge your home and form their opinions before they even attend a home open, so it’s important to make a good first impression.
By making some small but effective changes, your photos can play an important role in enticing buyers to attend your home open.
Here are five budget-friendly tips to help style and stage your home for a sale.
1 Declutter your space
The first thing you will want to do when listing your property for sale is to declutter and throw out or donate any items you do not want following you to your next home. It is also recommended to store away any personal items just for the home open to create a neutral space for potential buyers. This can include: Personal photos. Artwork on the fridge. Letters and bills. Toiletries and clothes (keep these neatly packed away).
Decluttering creates more space and shows off the storage potential of your property while allowing buyers to imagine their lives and items inside the house.
2 Clean up
Once you have decluttered, it’s a good move to clean your house to ensure it’s presented in the best possible way for photos and home opens. Aside from a general tidy and vacuum, this can include:
Cleaning up the outdoor area — trim hedges, clear pathways, lay mulch or pebbles to tidy up garden beds and discard weeds.
Address any lingering odours — perhaps due to a blocked drain or a pet’s toilet-training accident.
Get your cupboards in order — buyers are going to open draws, cabinets and cupboards, so be sure to neaten things up in there and create the illusion of more space.
Clean soiled items — such as stains in your carpet and curtains (including your shower curtain), and any other household items.
3 Update your paint colour
You may love that red feature wall in the living room, but it might not be quite to your potential buyers’ taste.
The most effective way to style your home is to neutralise your space with a lick of paint.
Choose neutral paint colours, such as whites, creams and light greys to freshen up your walls and hide any scuff marks or small chips.
You can even go as far as repainting cupboard doors or tiles to update your kitchen and bathroom.
4 Invest in on-trend decor
Update your decor with some on-trend pieces, but be sure not to clutter the space.
Small, subtle touches are best, not to mention easier on the budget, and can include: A statement rug or hall runner. Pillows and throws for your couch.
Decorative ornaments and artwork such as a vase with flowers or a trendy print.
Don’t be afraid to add lively pops of colour, especially if you have neutral walls and furniture.
5 Create a welcome environment
For the home open itself, create a great first impression and a welcoming environment with small touches, such as:
A scented candle or fresh flowers. Relaxing music. Ambient, comfortable lighting. Be mindful of the season as well — perhaps switch on a fan or the air-conditioner if it’s a warm day, or light a fire (if you have a working fireplace) to create a cosy atmosphere on a rainy winter evening.
If you need advice on how to stage your home, speak with your agent.
They will be well versed on property presentation to assist you with your photos and home opens.
Declutter and depersonalise, but not so much as to leave the house stark and uninviting.