Five tips for how to stage a home

Broome Advertiser - - Broome / Property - Rachel Pre­ston-Bidwell

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.

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