5 ex­pert tips on sell­ing your home

Lit­tle tips to make a big dif­fer­ence when sell­ing your home

Waikato Times - - Business - If you want to find out more or to down­load a free eBook visit: info.lodge.co.nz

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.