Staging your home isn’t easy, but it is worth it for a quick sale. Here we look at the main ways to stage your home quickly, easily and cheaply.
Let’s be clear, selling a home is so stressful even if it happens quickly, let alone when the months are dragging on and you’re not even getting any viewings on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be this way, staging your home can help you sell your home quickly and easily, and it comes with some other benefits as well.
Home owners faced with selling their home have an initial choice to make when they decide to sell – whether to ‘present’ the home for sale or not. Then after that decision is made, it is a case of deciding how much time, effort and cash to put into presenting the home to best effect. At the top end of the scale you have professional level ‘staging’ (whether actually done by a professional or not) and at the bottom end you have simply just a good clean and tidy up. Either way a lot of effort is still involved, but staging the home is definitely a most rewarding option. It does involve doing some simple repairs and maybe even some decorating, and it will certainly involve a lot of organisation, but your house will look desirable enough to get snapped up right away, hopefully at the asking price, so it is completely worth all the effort it will take.
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Want to stage your home for resale but don’t know where to start? Here’s how:
Before You Do Anything Else
You must be prepared to work hard and look at the property through different eyes. It is SO easy to be defensive when we are faced with changing our home, but the end result in doing this benefits you, so it is worth taking the emotional hit and pushing through. You might have to take all your memories and mementoes out of the house so the buyer can imagine making new memories and filling it with their own treasures; you might have to make adjustments that you personally think look bland and boring, but if it sells your home quickly, it doesn’t matter – because you’ll be off personalising your brand new home faster than you expected.
Your key focus for this room is cleanliness. If you focus on that one thing with the cleaning, lighting and decoration you won’t go wrong. Buyers are not turned on by old, dirty bathrooms.
The Main Bedroom
Bedrooms need to look as spacious as possible, and they should also feel calm and relaxed so that potential buyers can imagine relaxing there after a long, hard day. Here are some ways to create a bedroom that is appealing to all types of viewer:
This needs to be looked at following the same principles as the bathroom – it simply must be clean. This is a practical space and an expensive one to refurbish, so you need to make sure you pay a lot of attention to this room. Make sure all the appliances that will be left in the home are working and are clean. You need to ensure ALL surfaces are clear of clutter, scrupulously clean and in good condition. Make sure the flooring isn’t peeling at the edges or tiles aren’t chipped, make sure the walls aren’t dirty, make sure the cabinets are clean (inside and out) and don’t have anything peeling or chipping. Remember to:
Your Living Room
This is likely to be the first room your buyer sees, so it needs to look great. You’re trying to make it look as big as possible, so again add natural light and then put extra lamps in for the evening. Remember to:
So the front of your home will be all about the kerb appeal. This means getting rid of any old toys lying around, tidying up bushes that might be out of control, and generally beautifying the space. Clean your drive, clean your door and garage and freshen up how it looks if you drive past. In the garden at the back you will want to make the space tidy and also make it look easy to maintain. You don’t want buyers looking at the space worrying about how hard it would be to manage. Of course, trim the bushes and the lawn.
Other General Tips for Staging Your Home
There are some important overall tips you need to know if you are staging your home:
You must set a budget for your home staging. This should include the cost of any repairs and any continual products you will need to buy like flowers. Make sure you budget for staging.
Once you have done all the hard work, you must maintain it. You must live in a staged home all of the time so it is always ready for viewings. Get used to tidying and freshening up all the time. It might sound tiring but it will be worth it – you don’t want to run around in a panic when the estate agent rings and asks to show someone round while you’re out.
An Opportunity For A Clearout
One major benefit of staging your home is it gives you chance to have a massive clearout before you move to your new house. Before you redecorate or clean, consider going through your entire house and bagging or boxing up all the items you no longer want. You can separate them into sell, give away or throw away piles and perhaps store some items in self storage while you organise them (as long as they are out of your house it doesn’t matter). This is a good chance for you to shed all the rubbish you have collected over the years.
An Opportunity To Be Creative Without Consequences
It is often really nice to redecorate a home without having to worry about whether you will love it in five years and whether your family will love it. You are decorating it to make it look attractive for new owners and that is quite a fun job, like wiping the slate clean and allowing yourself to be creative for creativity’s sake.
This is by far the most important thing you need to do. When your buyer walks in they will want to imagine themselves living in your home. With all your pictures everywhere, your ornaments, the way you like to have furniture set up, all the hobbies – they don’t stand a chance. They will only be able to see how you like your home to be. You must de-personalise your home.
You should get used to making your home smell and look desirable. Spray inviting scents like vanilla and bamboo around the house, arrange the dining table, put a pretty coffee cup and saucer under the coffee maker, place blankets over the edge of sofas, put flowers all over the house – make a show home, to show your home off!
Don’t get stressed, you can easily stage your home for a small budget, just plan out what you want to do and put in the time and effort to do it – the payoff will be worth it!