You have made the decision to sell the home where you have lived happily for 10 years. Now you are moving to another state and you need to sell. You have found a reputable Real Estate Agent and you are confident that you are well on your way to getting your home sold as quickly as possible. You have been told that selling your home can be quite an emotional process so you would like to get this done sooner rather than later. You have made reference to your home selling check-list and made sure that the bottom of the pool has been repaired, the house exterior has been re-painted, and all cracks and flaws have been seen to. What more could there possibly be to do? The short answer is you need to “stage your home”. In real estate agent terms, staging your home is the way you would go about decorating the home to reveal its assets and impresses buyers. This of course would be a wonderful way to sell your home for the highest possible price in minimal time.
The Benefits of staging your home
- According to statistics it has been shown that houses that are staged sell up to 45% faster than others.
- Sellers of a home that has been staged get on average 8-10% better offers.
- Many people staging their homes have found it to be an effective way of saving money by not having your home stay on the market too long while still having to pay mortgage payments and levies.
The way a potential buyer views your home
When a first-time home buyer arrives to view a property, they tend to feel less comfortable if the home is either totally empty or very full of the current owner’s furniture and personal belongings. Not everybody has the same taste, so a beautiful and modern home will not be viewed in its true light if it is filled with junk and items that are not easy on the eye. Every home buyer has a check list and a home that has not been staged can cloud a potential buyer’s vision therefore not enabling them to see the potential or special features within the home. Unfortunately, a vast amount of property is showcased to buyers without them being able to see just how beautiful the home is or could be if they are not staged correctly.
Tips to use when staging your home
Spring clean and de-clutter
Go through your home making sure that everything is clean and tidy and clear out items that you no longer use. It is important to remember that in some cases less is more.
De-personalise and Neutralize
Try to take down family portraits, religious trophies, hunting trophies as well as artwork that other people may find quite unusual. If you have bright red walls in a certain room then it is recommended that you paint over them in order to neutralize the property.
Rearrange your furniture in such a way that the room feels more spacious and airier and does not block any flow of movement. Although hard to do, you should start to view this home as no longer yours. If you have too much furniture, then store it somewhere else or sell it. It is always better to have shelves and furniture that are not on the floor as this makes the space of the room look bigger.
Investigate the architectural structure of you home and others like it in the suburb that you currently live in and try to compliment it by styling it correctly. This doesn’t mean you have to go and buy new furniture; it simply means trying to lay your furniture out in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. An example of this would be to hide the back of your couches by rather making them line up against a wall instead of free standing in the middle of the living room.
Lights and Smells
Always make sure that your and blinds are open on show days and even go so far as to leave some lights on in the rooms that are darker than the rest of the house. Burn a nice scented candle or spray some air freshener through the house before your potential buyers arrive.
Be careful to remember that not all people have a fondness for animals. In fact, a big dog, even if it is friendly, will make some prospective buyers nervous which can easily cause them to rush through the viewing in order to leave as quickly as possible. Try to take your pets for a walk during viewings and hide away your animal’s beds and chew toys so that nobody can see them.
Take the time to make sure that your garden is maintained. Move away plastic pools, toys, old equipment, or rubble that you may have lying around your garden. You don’t need to be a professional gardener, but it is easy enough to make your garden look neat and maintained in time for show days.
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