Staging home for sale is one of the most important things that you can do when selling a residential property. As we are all aware first impressions count. Never is this adage truer than when selling a home.
When staging home for sale the first thing that you need to do is to take a fresh look. You need to try and view your property as though you are seeing it for the first time. This is very important. I would suggest walking across the road. While you are doing this try to clear your mind of everything that you know about your home.
Once you reach the other side and have cleared your mind of all of the memories and attached emotions, turn around and just stare at your home for a few minutes. Really look at it. Look at the front as if for the first time.
What’s your first impression? What stands out as needing attention? Are the gutters clear? Do they need painting? Does the home have street appeal? Are potential buyers going to be enticed to want to inspect? Or is the overgrown garden and broken letterbox and peeling paint going to be enough to turn them off?
Now go inside and look at your home as if it is someone else’s home. Is it cluttered? Are the walls, ceilings and windows clean? Is the home light and airy or dark and musty? Are there pet smells or unpleasant odours? What about the carpets?
Viewing your home this way can be a very confronting thing to do. But if you are looking to sell, and for a good price, or even to sell quickly, then it is this attention to detail that will make all the difference.
The Clutter Bug is a company that specialises in de cluttering property. If this is an area that you struggle with I would suggest that you give Leesa a call. She has been featured on The Today Show and services Sydney and the Central Coast. Her packages start at just $250 which is money very well spent.
The other option is to get your home professionally staged. A professional will come to your home, do exactly as above, and will show you how to maximise the initial impact. This will build the desirability and appeal of your home. This will result in more, and better, offers.
Home Stagers can do anything from rearranging furniture and de-cluttering, to replacing all the furniture and ‘dressing’ the home with complimentary accessories. Home stagers are brilliant at creating the ‘wow’ factor.
Your Real Estate Agent should be able to assist you with staging home for sale recommendations. So ask them to refer you to some reputable Home Stagers. Your agent will also have contacts with local painters, gardeners, handymen, cleaners, tradespeople etc. This is where choosing the right agent can make you far more money than they cost you.
Remember, the main rules of Staging Home For Sale
· Visualise your home as others would. Remove the emotional connection.
· De-clutter as much as possible
· Clean, repaint, replace or repair anything that is in need of TLC
· Always remember plenty of sun light is crucial
· If your furniture is too big for the room of if you have too much, store it elsewhere. It is a short term inconvenience for a long term gain
Important Tip: Owners are often reluctant to invest money in staging etc. I use the word investing as staging and preparing a home for sale will always return you more than it costs.
Many people decide against home staging due to the cost. I am yet to see a property where the cost of home staging did not result in at least 2.5 times the return for the owner. This is money very well spent and will result in a much quicker sale time.
I believe in it so strongly that I would never sell my own home without investing in this wonderful service. If you reside on the Central Coast of New South Wales I suggest that you contact Interior Makeovers of Terrigal.
If you would like to be put in touch with reputable home, painters, tradespeople, cleaners etc. please don’t hesitate to contact me. Or if there is any aspect of preparing your home for sale that you would like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Karen Wardle - 2261's Trusted Agent
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