As the nights get darker we all want the luxury of a warm cozy home and with the new year looming many of us start thinking about moving home. We’re all aware that a nicely presented, clean property with extra desirable features won’t stay on the market long.
But, if you need to sell your property fast, you probably won’t have the time to re-decorate or invest in major building works.
Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean you’ll scupper your chances of securing a buyer for a price you want. There are lots of tricks of the trade you can use to make your home look fantastic and appeal to potential buyers.
Home staging doesn’t have to take up too much time, and the best bit is you can do it yourself. Don’t worry if you’re DIY shy or feel like you don’t have an eye for interiors—you just need to follow these simple tips.
#1 Make a good first impression
Make sure your home looks picture ready from the minute the listings photographer arrives. Getting the best pictures is essential to securing viewings.
Before you do anything, give your property a deep clean. Areas to focus on include removing mould from bathrooms, grease from kitchens and any signs of dirt or staining.
A golden rule in property selling is get rid of all your clutter. This includes everything from unwanted junk, bulky furniture, pictures, ornaments, kitchenware and clothes. A good rule of thumb is to remove at least thirty per cent of your stuff.
Prospective buyers want to imagine themselves living in your property. This means personal objects all need to go. This includes family photos, holiday trinkets, pictures on the walls and kids’ toys.
#5 Room Purpose
If you’ve turned your living room into a gym or the bedroom into an office, prospective buyers won’t like this. Return each room to its original purpose.
#6 Furniture placement
Remove extra chairs, tables or couches that take up too much space. Shift furniture away from the walls and put in locations that will better show off the space and any period features such as fireplaces and wooden floors.
#7 Enhance the lighting
Create as much extra light as possible. Dark properties are a major put-off. For instance, removing curtains and clean windows inside and out. Also, leave ceiling lights on during viewings, even in the day.
#8 Put up mirrors
Mirrors are great as they can make any space feel both bigger and brighter. So, they’re perfect in corridors, darker rooms and even the garden.
#9 Paint tired walls
If you haven’t got time to redecorate an entire room, focus on areas in greatest need only. For instance, paint over walls with stains, or brighten up a drab room with a colourful feature wall.
#10 Visit other homes
Get inspired. Visit other properties for sale in your area and look at what they have done.
#11 Mow the lawn
Gardens are a massive selling point. So, if you have one, make the most of it. Make sure the lawn is mowed before viewings, flower beds tidied up and any eye-sore clutter is removed.
#12 Accessorize small spaces
Add lights, neutral decorations or candles to freshen up small spaces.
#13 Add character
It’s a fine line between neutral and boring. Avoid the latter by adding a splash of colour e.g. a coloured rug in the kitchen or a tasteful picture on the wall.
#14 Highlight storage options
Everyone wants more space. If you have storage, clear it out and make sure prospective buyers can easily access it during viewings.
#15 Go green
Don’t attempt to turn your home into Kew Gardens, but a few extra plants will make it look more attractive and feel fresh and clean.
#16 Final touches
It’s not just how your home looks—it’s how it feels. Add soft furnishings like cushions, rugs and blankets.
#17 Dress up the entrance
Don’t focus so much time on the inside that you forget about the outside. After all, the first thing every buyer will see is the front of your property. Make sure it looks immaculate—no rubbish bags in sight and there's a tidy driveway.
#18 Be inviting
Leave doors open to each room so prospective buyers feel welcome to look around your property comfortably and freely.
#19 Make it smell nice
Bad smells will leave your property languishing on the market. Pet smells, smoke, mould or drains—get rid of it before any buyers visit. Add potpourri to each room and buy essential oil diffusers.
#20 Final touches on the day
To really impress on viewing days buy fresh flowers, bake bread and put a fresh brew of coffee on the stove. Your prospective buyers will really appreciate the effort.
By investing a little time into home staging your property, you can secure more viewings. And, this will help sell your home fast by finding you the best buyer.