Posted: 5th December 2017
Ten Steps to Staging Your House To Sell
How your home is presented for sale can have a massive influence on how quickly it sells and for what price. How you live in your home and how you sell your house are two very different things. You wouldn’t sell your car without giving it a good clean, fixing it up and getting rid of your personal possessions would you? With that in mind here are some of The Home Styling Company’s tips for preparing your home for sale and maximising your property’s potential (and your investment).
Definitely a cliché but absolutely true! You really do only get one chance to make a first impression. Nowadays more than ever, your prospective buyer’s first port of call will probably be to look at your property photographs online. If they don’t like something they see straight away, they might not even carry on to the end. Your property is then binned. Leading nicely on to…..
2. Quality photography is key
Some estate agents use professional photographers and some don’t. Do you really want your photographs looking like they have been taken by a four year old? (Recent craze that all photographs are taken at 4 year old height)
When you have got your photographs, make sure you are happy with them, and if there is something you want changed – ask.
An estate agent can only photograph what is put in front of them. They will only put a photograph (supposedly) in your marketing details if the photograph helps sell your house. But as a buyer I would be seriously wondering why there were very limited photographs. It would only say to me that the rest wasn’t worth seeing. Not really a message you want to convey is it?
3. Phone a friend
Ask someone whose judgement you trust to come and look at your home from a buyer’s perspective (and promise them you won’t fall out!) It will only work if they can be totally honest. You are too close to recognise minor points that are noticeable to a new pair of eyes. Ask them to give it to you straight and take it on the chin. Better that a friend notices and gives you time to sort it out, than a buyer is put off for good.
4. The best bits
What made you fall in love with your house? – Probably its best features. Make the most of them so that other buyers can feel the love too.
5. Boutique chic
Bedrooms are frequently the rooms that get overlooked. Beds should take centre stage in a bedroom. Fresh white bedding (doesn’t have to be expensive) and four well plumped pillows will make a dramatic difference. Add a couple of cushions and a throw and you will be giving your bedroom the boutique chic look it deserves. Your prospective buyers will be moving in!
6. Fit for purpose
Ensure all rooms have a clear purpose even if this is not how you have chosen to use the space. Buyers don’t want to imagine it they want to see it.
7. Super Agent
Choose your agent wisely. Cheapest is probably not the best, but then the most expensive is not necessarily the best either. Choose an agent that has:
9. Don’t be greedy
Over pricing your house will mean you will not get as much interest. It will hang around for longer and then you will consider reducing to a more realistic price, but by then you will have lost other potential buyers. To sell your house you should have:
10. The goes without saying list
10. Icing on the cake
Just before a viewing:
OR…… give Denise at The Home Styling Company a call and she will ensure all of the above (and more) are in place to ensure your property stands out from the crowd and flies off the property shelf. Remember a small investment will cost significantly less than the first price reduction you will make if your house isn’t selling.
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