Once you have made the decision to sell your home, before you take steps toward getting your home valued, you need to get your home in selling shape. Staging your home for sale takes time, but it will increase your homes appeal to buyers but also can have a positive impact on the value of your property. As estate agents, we know that staged homes are more photogenic, they attract more viewings and also more competitive offers. To help get you on the right track, here is our advice on how to stage your home in six steps.
Focus your staging
Not every room needs to be staged, focus your efforts on the rooms which influence potential buyers, such as your living room, kitchen and master bedroom.
Once your main living areas have been staged to sell with appropriate furniture and accessories you can move on to other rooms, such as spare bedrooms and second reception rooms. These spaces need to be given a purpose, so consider your target buyers and dress the room accordingly. For example, a guest room, office or children’s playroom.
We all know that first impressions count. If you’re currently viewing properties, you will have formed opinions on properties within the first few minutes of arriving. These first impressions are often made before we’ve even stepped through the door, so take a closer look at the entrance of your property and see how you can make it more appealing.
You can easily increase your home’s kerb appeal by clearing the pathway, tidying up your front garden, giving your front door a good clean/lick of paint and making sure your entrance is well lit.
Declutter and depersonalise
Clutter and over-personalised rooms can be a turn off for potential buyers. Clutter often hides a room's features and makes a space feel smaller, whereas personalised décor can prevent buyers from envisaging the space as their own.
We don’t expect you to remove items that you love or need forever, simply find a place to store them in during the sales process.
Clean, clean, clean
Your home can never be too clean! From skirting boards to the ceiling and everywhere in between, cleaning your home is paramount in home staging. You’ll want your photographs to pop but don’t forget that during a viewing you’ll need to ensure that potential buyers will look in the areas not shown in pictures.
Hidden places to clean include fridges, cupboards and window blinds. These areas are often missed but your potential buyers will spot them.
Depending on your time scale and budget, you should consider staging your home with neutral colours like grey, white and taupe. Patterns and bold colours can be distracting and a neutral colour scheme allows buyers to see how they can add their own style.
If you’re struggling for time or money you can stage your home with neutral accessories, such as rugs, curtains and soft furnishings
Dark rooms and gloomy hallways can put off potential buyers and make a space seem small. For both your photographs and viewings, draw back the curtains, turn on the lights and add lamps to dark corners.
By following our advice you will allow buyers to connect with your property and consider making your house their new home. If you have a property to sell in Cambridge and would like a market-led valuation, give our team a call on 01223 811101.