5 of my top home staging tips
Thinking of moving soon?
Follow these 5 top tips to improve your listing photos, attract more interest in your property and sell up at the best possible price!
1. Stage your property to appeal to your ideal buyer – not you
It doesn’t matter what you like – you want to dress your home to meet the needs of the next owners. For example, if you want to turn the heads of a young professional couple, keep things fresh, modern, and inviting. And if you know your ideal purchaser is a growing family in search of a bigger home, highlight the functional aspects of your property and use clever storage solutions to keep clutter to a minimum.
Basically, do everything you can to make sure your ideal buyer can see themselves living in your home, and don’t give them any reason to leave the viewing thinking that your home isn’t the right fit for them.
2. Keep things neutral
It’s an old trick, but a good one. When you’re trying to sell a property, whites, creams, beiges, greys and earthy tones are a much safer bet than bolder colours, as they create something of a blank canvas that allows the viewer to focus on what they could turn the property into.
That’s not to say your designs need to be boring or clinical, though. You can still add splashes of interest with carefully placed accessories like houseplants, cushions and curtain ties.
3. De-personalise your interiors
You may have spent years putting a personal stamp on your home – but it has served its purpose now, and it’s time to switch the focus to the space you’re in, not the stuff that’s in it.
In the same vein as keeping things neutral, you need to get rid of anything that might distract your viewers from the functional aspects of your property, or any items that are too taste-specific. Put your quirkiest items in storage for now and use practical furniture, artwork and accessories to highlight your home’s potential instead.
4. Create the perception of more floor space
Space sells. It really is that simple. So, you need to do everything you can to make your home feel much roomier. Use mirrors to give the illusion of more square footage, hide all those space-hogging everyday items like kids’ toys and extra clothes, and make sure your furniture is large enough to be practical but small enough to let the space shine.
5. Make sure you can maintain your look
The last thing you need is to spend hours cleaning and prepping before every viewing! Make sure you pick a layout and design for each room that can be easily maintained and that never changes too much from the aesthetics that were presented in your listing photos. After all, after seeing your images, people are going to be paying you a visit with certain expectations – and it’s important that your home meets them.
If all this sounds a bit overwhelming, it could be time to bring in a professional. I offer a range of home staging services for vendors who know they need to up their game, but don’t necessarily have the time (or the will!) to redesign their home ready for those all-important viewings. I can also help you source furniture, manage trades and guide the staging process from start to finish. Drop me a message today to find out more.