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Tips for staging your home so it’s ready to sell

by emily

in News & Views

You might think you know what you need to do to get your home ready to sell. But you’ll never really know what might grab the attention of your eventual buyers. Just about anything can make them fall in or out of love with a home. Sometimes homes stay on the market for many months. Possibly, prospective buyers just can’t imagine their lives there. If you’re planning on selling soon, it’s important that you sell as quickly as you can and are able to get your asking price. If you want to grab the attention of buyers, and you do, here are some obvious and not-so-obvious tips for staging your home.

Clean up

Have you ever walked into a home and it was dirty and smelly? You probably didn’t want to spend much time there. And prospective buyers certainly wouldn’t want to spend much time there. Take some time before each showing to really scrub the house from top to bottom. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. This is where buyers tend to look, especially for dirt. If this is a big job, pay a professional cleaning crew to do it for you. This is one of the most important tasks on your list, so this is not the one to skimp on.

Remove clutter

Staging experts recommend you clear away 90% of your personal items. Otherwise, prospective buyers will just see an untidy mess and could be persuaded your home isn’t an option for them. This means counters, especially in the kitchen and bathrooms, should be cleared, garages should be emptied of boxes and tools, and cupboards should have an empty shelf or two to give the illusion of space.

Pack away personal items

Looking to make a fast and easy change to your home? Packing away your personal items will quickly make it more appealing to buyers. Otherwise, they’ll unlikely be able to imagine themselves living there while looking at the photos of your pets and children scattered around the house. They also won’t be able to picture their lives there if they’re inundated with your hobbies. Take some time to pack away your bicycles and collection of books.

Fix what’s broken

This doesn’t have to mean major repair work. But it’s important that you fix what’s obviously broken and unattractive. So, patch any holes in walls, fix leaky taps or running toilets, fix doors that won’t close or drawers that stick, replace burned out light bulbs and repaint oddly coloured walls. Sure, you’ve become used to your pea green bathroom. But do you really want prospective buyers recalling your home as the one with the “ugly bathroom”?

Rearrange rooms

Every room needs to have a clear and distinct purpose. Potential buyers don’t want to walk into a room and wonder what it’s used for and what they could do with the space. If you’ve been using that small room at the back of your house for an office/guest room/storage space, now’s the time to change that. A home will often benefit from having an extra bedroom so that potential buyers can image their large family living there or coming to stay over the holidays. Clear out everything that shouldn’t be there, including your shoe collection, old tennis racket and stash of outdated magazines. If you don’t have a bed, borrow one from a friend or relative. Buy some new, attractive bed linen and arrange the room to look like a simple guest room.

Enhance kerb appeal

It’s common for buyers to drive past homes before a viewing to see whether it’s worth taking the time to look inside. An attractive exterior could very well make the difference in making that sale. The outside of your home should be neat and clean. Make sure the garden is tidy and well cared for, pressure clean the exterior, wash the windows and arrange the outdoor furniture in an inviting manner.

Improve your home’s atmosphere

One of the oldest tricks in any estate agent’s book is to bake cookies just before buyers come over. This makes your home appear inviting and comforting. As a bonus, it also removes unpleasant owners. Think about it like this, you’d want to live in a home that smells like cookies, wouldn’t you? If you feel like baking cookies isn’t one of your skills, take some time to spray a pleasant air freshener, like Airoma, around your home. Next up, make sure to have fresh flowers displayed near your home’s entrance. Lastly, play some soothing music when buyers are coming over.

None of these tips are going to cost an exorbitant amount of money and take a massive amount of time to implement. But they could very likely make the difference in selling at the right time and at the right price, or hanging onto an unsold home for many months.

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