Home Staging – Can It Make Your Property Sell Faster?
When someone comes to your home for a viewing, they make snap decisions in seconds, and even the smallest thing can put them off. Unfortunately, most homes for sale are quite lived in, whereas buyers want sleek show homes that don’t require any improvement. Luckily, there are things you can do to improve your home, and one way to do this is cheaply is through home staging.
What is home staging?
Home staging basically refers to setting up your home so it’s more appealing to buyers. It means removing things that are too personal, and creating a calm, serene environment that will appeal to visitors.
Removing clutter is the number one rule for house staging, but it’s important not to go too far. Homes that have been completely decluttered look bare, and make it difficult to imagine what the place will look like when they move in. Don’t make the home too depersonalised. A few family photos are nice – dusty knick knacks are not.
Use appropriate furniture
Oversized or unsuitable furniture can make a room look smaller. Also, if you’ve got a spare room and there’s no bed in there, then it’s hard for people to imagine what the room will be like once furniture is added. If you don’t have the right furniture, then consider borrowing some, or even looking for some second hand bargains. You can always sell them on once the house is sold.
Use space effectively
Although you may have plenty of space, and have moved your furniture to suit your space, you may not be using the room effectively. Don’t be afraid to use the middle of the room when it comes to coffee tables and rugs. This draws focus to the centre of the room, and can actually make it feel more spacious.
A contemporary way to style your home is to pull some of the furniture away from the walls. Again, this creates a modern, spacious look, especially in large living areas.
Add natural light
If you have large furniture blocking the windows, or are using unsuitable window coverings then you may find there’s a lack of natural light. Unfortunately, there’s not always a lot you can do about these sorts of rooms, but luckily there are cash buyers who’ll buy any house quickly, no matter what its condition. If you don’t want to go this route, then consider adding a skylight or roof lantern to improve a room.
Make it cosy
Rooms that are staged should look pleasant and inviting. Add some colourful cushions, make sure beds are made up with blankets draped over the top, and add some finishing touches such as a vase of fresh flowers. This will make the house look inviting, as well as well looked after.
Staging your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It’s all about using what you already have and making the most of it. You can then show your home in its best possible light, and impress any potential buyers.