Staging is often crucial to a successful sale

Are you thinking of selling your home?

Staging can be expensive. It depends on what you want to spend and how much you actually need, but there are simple ways to make it more affordable.

Top 10 Staging habits of successful sellers

1. Less is more

Declutter and pack away as many small items as possible. Leave a few nice pieces and try a minimalist way of staging your home. You need to leave plenty of room for buyers to walk around each room. Keep a few nice pieces of furniture to keep it simple.

Try not to leave the back of any furniture facing the entrance to a room as it creates an awkward traffic pattern and interrupts the flow. The wrong arrangement of furniture can make a room feel smaller, unfriendly or even overcrowded. Creating the right balance is key to making a good impression.

2. Neutral paint colours are best

If you have neutral paint colours it is easier to stage a home. Buyers are able to visualise themselves living in a neutral coloured space.

3. Use a room for its intended purpose

Use rooms for their intended purpose. A dining room should have a dining table and chairs and a bedroom a bed. Using rooms for other purposes can imply that there isn’t enough space.

4. Remove personal photographs

Remove all personal photos and memorabilia. Not everyone will be a supporter of your rugby team.

5. Not everybody likes pets inside a home

Remove any evidence of any pets . Bedding and food bowls or chewed toys are not for everyone as some people are not animal lovers, and some might have allergies.

6. Lighten up dark spaces

Make sure the lights are on in darker places with no natural light and let the sunshine in, removing sheer net curtains or window coverings. Make sure everything is spotlessly clean as light will show up dirt.

7. Clear the kitchen space

Remove kitchen clutter off the kitchen bench. Put away the toaster and ornaments. A small tray nicely laid out with a pot of coffee or tea and 2 cups and saucers is a way of micro staging making the kitchen warm and inviting without being too personal. Tidy the drawers and cupboards removing grime and dirt and clutter.

Drawers and cupboards should have less with just a few of the necessary cooking utensils plates and dishes.

8. Declutter your wardrobes and linen cupboards

Declutter your wardrobes, removing excess clothing and shoes. A weeks supply of clothing is sufficient for each person. Do the same with the linen cupboard. Minimise the contents in a tidy way.

Buyers want to know that all of their belongings are going to fit. Crowded storage spaces, no matter how large, leave the impression that there isn’t enough room. They also leave an impression of untidiness. It’s always best to minimize negative impressions in any way you can, even the small ways.

9. Clean and declutter the bathroom

Clean the bathroom spotlessly and remove any clutter. Put a scented candle by the bathtub and make sure there are fresh clean towels arranged in a tidy fashion. Clean the shower glass and make sure there is no mould or dirt anywhere. Put a fresh soap bottle and stack the toilet rolls neatly.

10. Hide the dustbins and outside clutter

If at all possible, try and hide the dustbins from view. Any clutter like shoes and garden tools also should be put away out of sight. If you can see them by looking out of your windows, then try to put them out of sight, so that the buyer can concentrate on imagining their own space as they walk around your home.

©2020 | Author| Kathryn

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