Es­sen­tial tips for stag­ing your home

Keep it sim­ple and un­clut­tered while pro­vid­ing a cen­tral fo­cus for the room.

Manawatu Standard - Property Weekly - - Front Page -

You can make your home warm and invit­ing, boost­ing your home’s value and in­creas­ing the speed of a sale. It’s dif­fi­cult to get an ob­jec­tive view of your own home. You’ve been star­ing at its idio­syn­cra­sies for years. So many is­sues have be­come unim­por­tant as you’ve learnt to live with them, but they could be the very things that put a po­ten­tial buyer off. sur­face. A plant, a lamp, a book. It helps cre­ate a greater sense of space.

That doesn’t mean leav­ing spa­ces like the man­tel­piece and cof­fee ta­ble bar­ren. When a room is over-packed with fur­ni­ture, it can ap­pear smaller. Size mat­ters, even in a small house so cap­i­talise on ev­ery cen­time­tre of floor space by cre­at­ing a look of spa­cious­ness. Make sure buy­ers ap­pre­ci­ate the size of each room by re­mov­ing one or two pieces of fur­ni­ture. If you have an overly large din­ing set­ting for the size of the din­ing room, bor­row a smaller one for the du­ra­tion. rea­son­ably com­mon since heat pumps took over the heat­ing role, cre­ate another fo­cal point such as in­ter­est­ing ob­jects on a cof­fee ta­ble or a cen­tral paint­ing that helps pull the room to­gether. It’s a good idea to add a fresh coat of warm, neu­tral-colour paint in each room. The paint shop can help ad­vise on con­tem­po­rary colours. Then ac­ces­sorise us­ing your best, least worn items. Keep it sim­ple, make sure it all smells fresh and keep it bright with high wattage light bulbs, just for the du­ra­tion.

Make your bath­room feel lux­u­ri­ous by adding a new shower cur­tain or clean­ing the shower glass metic­u­lously. Add your best colour co-or­di­nated tow­els folded like mo­tel tow­els with no end seams show­ing, and then add some fra­grant soap. All your per­sonal toi­letry items should be out of sight, in­clud­ing the sham­poo from the shower and tooth­brushes etc. When the real es­tate pho­to­graphs are taken, these items stick out like the prover­bial. Add scented can­dles or a sub­tle air fresh­ener.

If you have com­pan­ion an­i­mals, clean their bed­ding fre­quently. Put it out of sight for the open home and spray a ger­mi­ci­dal air fresh­ener be­fore each show­ing. Make the first im­pres­sion count. From the foot­path, stand and look at your home with fresh eyes. Put some time aside to re­move any dead plants, pull out all the weeds, and hide any empty pots etc in a back shed.

Mow the lawns and trim the edges. If the gar­den is non-ex­is­tent, add some pot­ted colour by the front door.

Make sure the front door and step are clean and the house is washed down. The win­dows should sparkle and the paths be swept clean. Con­sider spray­ing with a bleach so­lu­tion to re­move moss, mould and lichen.

Add a new door­mat (you can take it with you when you leave).

First im­pres­sions are hugely im­por­tant.

They say a house sells in the first four sec­onds of view­ing and the ini­tial as­sess­ment puts a bias on the rest of the visit, so start at the front en­trance.

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