Home staging – how to showcase your property to its full potential
Date: 8th Dec 2020
When selling your home, you want it to look its absolute best for potential buyers who walk through the door. That’s’ where home staging comes in.
Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there.
With so much to gain, it makes sense to put time and effort into staging your home, and fortunately, many of the best staging tips don’t require spending a lot of money. Take a look at these home staging tips* for your rooms and make changes that can help your home sell faster and for more money.
The entrance to the house gives buyers their first impression of the property. A nice rug and a console or sideboard with fresh flowers provide the perfect introduction.
2. Living room
Keep clutter to a minimum and if possible, remove family photos, and other very personal memorabilia. Use as few items of furniture as you possibly can, in order to make the space feel as large as possible.
Cleanliness is key here; nothing will put a buyer off as quickly as dirty cupboard doors and dusty surfaces. A bowl of fruit and a recipe book open on a stand can help a buyer imagine cooking up a storm. Streamline the number of things you keep in cupboards and drawers to demonstrate how much space is on offer.
The best bathrooms feel like a luxurious spa retreat and adding good quality fluffy white towels, a matching soap dispenser and maybe a wicker tray of shells will help enhance the mood. Hide personal items such as toothbrushes and make-up well away.
Again, have as little furniture as you possibly can. A bed, bedside tables and a chest of drawers should suffice. If the room is small but has just enough room for a double bed, put one in to show the space’s potential.
6. Home office
Generally, it’s best to remove books from a home that you’re staging but if neatly arranged on a bookcase in the office they can help lend a ‘professional’ feel. Apart from that, keep the staging simple so that the atmosphere feels calm and conducive for working in.
7. Dining room
Aim to have no more than a table and chairs and a sideboard or buffet in here. Setting the table with attractive crockery and cutlery can help a prospective buyer envisage entertaining. Ensure that there is plenty of room to move around the furniture, especially if it’s a formal dining room, away from the kitchen.
These days a deck or patio area counts as an outdoor living room and can really hook a buyer in. If it’s big enough to hold a table and chairs as well as outdoor couches and chairs then use both. Have half a dozen large plants in big pots rather than lots of little ones.
Need professional advice?
The team at Tremains is experienced with home staging and can give you some suggestions if you need a hand. We also have suppliers who can provide this service. Get in touch with us to discuss your options.
*Thank you very much to AA Insurance and Louise Richardson for this content – Reference here