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Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

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Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

When it comes to selling your house, first appearances count for everything. If you want your house to sell, it's up to you to do everything you can to show off your home's best assets. 

A good first step in home staging is some clutter busting, as clutter is unattractive and makes your home look smaller.

This is according to Carel Ferriera from Electricians Johannesburg, who says that's where home staging comes in. He says you could hire professional home stagers, but they are often costly.

Ferriera shares how you can do a little home staging of your own.

1. Clear the clutter 

A good first step in home staging is some clutter busting, as clutter is unattractive and makes your home look smaller.

Gather all the items you don't need and sell them, trash them or give them away - whatever it takes to make your home look clear and uncluttered. Don't stop at ornaments and paperwork, consider your furniture too. You can open up a space with less furniture, making it more attractive to buyers. 

2. Tidy away personal items 

When prospective buyers view your house, they'll be trying to imagine themselves living there. That can be a little hard to do if your house is full of personal effects such as family photographs or quirky décor. Clear away your personal items so you can present more of a blank canvas, a space that your buyers will be able to imagine themselves in. 

Good lighting can make a big difference when it comes to home staging. Aim for warm, bright light that is pleasing to the eye and shows off your house.

3. Light it up 

Good lighting can make a big difference when it comes to home staging. Aim for warm, bright light that is pleasing to the eye and shows off your house.

Beautiful light fittings or even a chandelier will look elegant and add class. Don't forget that you'll need to produce an electrical certificate of compliance, so do get in touch with an expert and make sure that everything is up to date. 

4. Give it a lick of paint 

Taking the time to repaint the rooms that need it takes up a bit more energy than some of these tips, but it is well worth doing. A fresh coat of paint will brighten up any room and make it look sparkling and new.

Repainting is also a good idea if your home has unusual or bright coloured décor. It's important for buyers to be able to imagine what they could do with your home, so give them a blank canvas to work with. 

5. Clean top to toe 

The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer will see, so it should make a good impression.

A dirty, smelly or unkempt home won't attract buyers. Before you show your house to a single buyer, make sure you have cleaned and scrubbed every room.

Every surface should be clean and dust-free, your bathroom and kitchen should be gleaming, and your floors should be spotless.

Don't forget to get rid of litter boxes too, as they can make a house smell bad. 

6. Don't forget the outside 

The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer will see, so it should make a good impression.

Your garden should be neat and pretty, and free of any rubbish.

It's worth using a pressure washer or even hiring a tradesman to give the outside of your home a thorough clean, and while you're at it, now would be a good time to fix that leaky gutter.

Finally, give your front door a fresh lick of paint and make sure your house number is clearly visible. 

Instead of placing furniture against the walls, try shifting your sofas and chairs into a conversational grouping.

7. Add some accessories 

A few accessories can add just the right amount of warmth and personality to your home without overwhelming it. For example, try a small group of pot plants, some attractive wall art, or one or two eye-catching pieces such as a beautiful vase or a bowl of fresh fruit. The right accessories will help your home look like an inviting place to live. 

8. Get Baking 

There's something about the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies that just makes someone feel at home, so think about doing some baking on viewing day.

If you don't have time to bake, boil a few cinnamon sticks in water to add a lovely fragrance to your house. You could also try adding a pleasant smelling reed diffuser to a hallway or sitting room.

9. Play musical chairs  

Don't be afraid to experiment with moving your furniture around to make the most of your space. Instead of placing furniture against the walls, try shifting your sofas and chairs into a conversational grouping.

You could also pop a reading lamp, bookcase and easy chair into a cosy corner to create a reading nook.

Grouping your furniture will give each room a distinctive feel that makes its use clear. In such an instance, it’s easier for the buyer to imagine spending time there. 

If you want your house to stand out from the others that are on the market, home staging is the way to go. By following these home staging tips and tricks, you make it easier for your buyers to imagine themselves living in your home, thereby increasing your chances of making that sale.

Source: Property24/ C Ferriera

 

Author: C Ferriera

Submitted 29 Jun 15 / Views 2655

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