5 expert tips on selling your home
Little tips to make a big difference when selling your home
You never get a second chance to make a first impression and whether we like to admit it or not, first impressions count. Home staging not only helps to sell your home faster but also attracts more buyers that are willing to put an offer on the table. Here’s how the experts at Lodge Real Estate present their homes before entering the market:
1. Keep it clean and crisp
Remember your mum telling you to tidy your room? Well she knew what she was talking about as the best way to present a space is to create a home that is clean and neutral. The goal of home staging is to get buyers to ‘mentally move in’ when they visit, but that’s difficult if it’s cluttered full of all your own stuff. Take the time to remove family photos and other personal items from your home too, as these can distract viewers from what your home really has to offer. (FYI - Be ruthless!).
2. Create points of interest
A perfectly placed piece of furniture, plant or artwork in a hallway, awkward corner or at the top of a set of stairs can create a point of visual interest and encourage visitors to investigate further. A point of interest in each room is a great tool to use to help your symmetry and balance too. It’s about showing the viewer the potential of the home and helping them visualise what it can be.
3. Balance is good
Studies have shown that humans find symmetrical and balanced arrangements more aesthetically pleasing—from art to faces and food—and yes, even how we arrange our furniture. Move your lounge furniture away from the walls and pair up movable furniture, such as your chairs, lamps, and side tables. If something doesn’t match - try pairing it with something of similar size to balance the room out.
4. Each room needs a signature
Every room has it’s own distinct feature. It could be a fireplace, a different coloured wall, a piece of furniture, a window, or an artwork or mirror. Once you’ve found your feature, celebrate it and emphasise it.
5. Know your audience
very good entertainer knows what their audience wants and how to give it to them. Think about the features that will help buyers to visualise the lifestyle they might lead in your home. A table and chairs for a family on the deck, a secluded reading chair in the sun, or a minimalist kitchen can all help sell a viewer on a different lifestyle. It’s important to understand what buyers are looking for and how they see themselves in your home which could soon be theirs. Remember, think about your location and it’s context. Is your local neighbourhood mostly families, working professionals, students or seniors? Use that information to guide your staging decisions. If you’re struggling for ideas an estate agent can always help with this.
Think about the features that will help buyers to visualise the lifestyle they might lead in your home.
Home staging helps to sell your home faster and attracts more buyers.
A point of interest in each room is a great tool to use to help your symmetry.