Successfully staging your home for sale is somewhat of an art-form. You can hire professionals to come in and do it for you, but with these few pointers, you might be able to save a bit of cash but still successfully turn your soon-to-be-former home into a buyer’s dream. I checked in with Real Estate specialist Camilla for some top tips.
- Declutter. You want to get rid of any unnecessary items such as paperwork, rubbish and things like lotions and toothbrushes in the bathrooms. Our Real Estate specialist Camilla says to make sure all benches are clear.
- Paint. A lick of paint on the walls can make a huge amount of difference. As much as you may love the pink bedroom with the green feature wall that your daughter grew up in, it’s probably a little easier for buyers to envisage their futures when they have more of a blank canvas to work with. Go with white or off-white, with maybe a few tasteful posters or artworks on the walls. It also makes the space lighter and airier, and looks great in photos.
- Keep the design minimal. Minimalist design is very ‘in’ at the moment, but it is also an effective way of allowing potential buyers to image their own furniture in the house. Once again, you might think your fifteen-year-old red couch gives the place character, but you’d probably be best picking up something a bit more subdued from an op shop, or you can even hire furniture online with a quick google search. It’s best to go with white linen and furniture and “let the cushions do the talking” with bright, fresh colours or patterns, according to Camilla.
- But not too minimal. You might be tempted to move all your things out at once, but it is important to note that an empty house is not appealing at all. People want examples of what the space can be used for.
- Remove personal effects. You want your buyers to be walking around in their new home, not your old one. Camilla advises that it’s best to remove family photos and your children’s kindergarten paintings from the walls, so that the people who move in can picture starting fresh and making memories of their own.
- Fix up your garden. The façade and front garden of your house are crucial – this is what gives buyers the first impression of their potential new home. Spend a few hours mowing the lawn, raking up the leaves and maybe even planting a few tasteful plants to give the place life. The backyard is just as important, especially for family homes. Make sure there are no rusty wheelbarrows or tripping hazards out there, and make the most of whatever space you have.
- Clean up. You definitely want your house to look sparkling, which means cleaning out the bath, scrubbing the sink, and yes, getting your windows cleaned. Clear, shiny windows can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of your house. Dirt and build-up can make it look like the house has not been properly cared for, raising alarm-bells for potential buyers.
- Get the handyman in. Fix up that leaky pipe and faulty stove before you have an open house. Some particularly experienced house-hunters might want to check that everything is shipshape.
Best of luck with selling your house! We hope this might help at least a little. If you are in the market to go on the market, give us a call and we can at least give you a hand with getting those windows spick-and-spam and ready for sale.
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