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10 Tips for Staging Your Home For Sale

Home Staging is a vital part to your selling process. Why you ask? We can transform your home to make it look bigger, brighter, cleaner, more loving, and warmer. It can be something as simple as adding a mirror to your living room to reflect the natural light to make the room appear brighter and larger. A home stager pays very close attention to detail, and makes sure every room looks to the best of its ability, to create that wow factor. A home stager puts your interest as their top priority, and will help you to take the right steps towards maximising the value of your home. 

Here are our top 10 tips for staging your home: 

1. Decorating:

Sometimes all you need a new fresh coat of paint. By selecting neutral colours for the finishes, it creates a more soothing environment and allows to buyer to imagine their own style in the home.  If redecorating, I suggest grey or white walls & grey carpets. This is the “in” colour right now & is likely to appeal to the mass market. 

2. Declutter:

Declutter all rooms, and remove any personal items. This further allows the buyer to imagine themselves here, and take away any distraction from the room itself.  Make sure to pay close attention to detail in the kitchen and bathrooms, as it can make or break your sell in these areas. Both rooms set the mood for the rest of the home. 

3. Furniture Placement:

Using minimal furniture allows for the room to speak for itself. It shows off the space of each room, while allowing the buyer to envision their own furniture in the place. In a living room, place the furniture around the natural focal point in the room, this could be a fireplace or feature wall. In a bedroom, place the bed preferably facing the door as when a viewer walks in, this will create the “WOW” factor

4. Mirrors!:

If a room is dark or lacking interest add a mirror, it will completely transform a space. Not only does a mirror reflect light, it mirrors the room, making it feel double the size AND creates a luxurious feel 

5. Bright Colours:

Make your property stand out online using brightly coloured soft furnishing, accessories & artwork. With so much competition out there, make your property jump off the page! 

6. Lighting:

Lamps, lamps, lamps! Every room should at least have 1 lamp in it. This takes any harshness in a room & creates mood lighting. It creates a homely feel- the perfect vibe for selling your home

7. Lifestyle Stunts:

When staging a property for sale, add little touches such as perfume bottles, dresses, heels, jewellery or slippers. It adds a touch of luxury & really helps the viewer to imagine living there

8. Set Table:

A set table again captures the imagination of the view, they can imagine themselves holding dinner parties or sitting down with friends & family. It also looks fantastic in the photos

9. Outside:

Buyers form an opinion within the first 15 seconds of entering a home.The first impression of your home actually starts from the outside. Think of it like a book cover, predicting what you are about to see. If there are uncut weeds everywhere, paint chips, rubbish, or any other distracting elements, it can seriously alter someones perspective of the home as a whole.

10. Photographs:

If you do all of the above & your photographs are poor, it was pointless. Your photographs online are like your first handshake, your first impression with the buyer.

Don’t see staging your property for sale as an upfront cost, it is an investment. Spend a little to make a lot in the sale, You should achieve not only a quicker sale, but a higher sale price. 

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Why You Should Stage Your Property For Sale

Hello Readers! When thinking of a subject to write about this week, I decided to write a little article on all of the “Excuses Not to Stage my Property for Sale” I have heard. We are going to take each excuse we have heard throughout our career in home staging & challenge it with the truth. It’s going to be an interesting one.. 

Excuse 1: 

“I can sell my house without staging”

You’re right. Every house will sell…it’s just a matter of when and for how much. Even if your home sells quickly in a good market, it doesn’t mean that it sold for the top amount it could have commanded with professional staging. Remember, professionally staged homes sell on a conservative average for about 6%+ more than non-staged homes. If your home sold for £300K un-staged, it probably would have sold for £320K staged!

Excuse 2: 

“My property is in a great area & it will sell quickly anyway” 

Great! But why wouldn’t you give your property the best chance possible? Get more viewers & ultimately what everyone wants- a closing date & higher offer. If you gave me a tenner & I gave you a twenty back, would you take it? So why not invest 1k  to make 5k off the back of it? 

Excuse 3: 

“My property has just been refurbished, it sells itself” 

90% of viewers don’t have the vision to imagine what could be done with an empty space. If you don’t have that eye, empty space = overwhelm. Overwhelm = excuses not to buy. Stage your property & do the thinking for them!

Excuse 4:

“I could own the furniture if I do it myself”

Yes you could own the furniture if you buy it yourself, but what people often forget is that when the property sells & the furniture doesn’t, where are you going to store the furniture? Try spending a few hundred pounds per month on storage & see what costs less. 

Excuse 5: “I don’t want to keep the furniture, I just want it for the photographs” 

Imagine viewing a property online, the most gorgeous property you have ever seen! You book a viewing, you cant wait, you arrive… & it’s EMPTY!! You’ve been conned, you wanted to see your dream home set up as it was in the photos!

This is why we don’t furnish properties & disappear with the furniture after the last click of the camera. At ThePropertyStagers, we make dreams, not crush them

If you can think of any other reasons to not stage your property for sale we would to love hear from you! 

“You can’t sell it if you can’t see it”- Barb Schwarz,  The Creator of Home Staging