How to prepare and stage your home for a future sale

If you are like the majority of homeowners looking to put their house on the market, it goes without saying that you are hoping to get your desired asking price and to sell your home as quickly as possible.

According to a research conducted by the Home Staging Association UK & Ireland, a whopping 100% of property developers reported that home staging has an effect on most buyers’ view of the property, with 85% of estate agents citing that a staged home sells up to three times faster than a non-staged one.

See more videos from our interview with The Home Staging Association’s Paloma Harrington-Griffin, click here.

The overall aim is to create a welcoming space that allows potential buyers to envision themselves in your home, and for them to fall in love with the vision.

Home staging is a service that doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be time-consuming.

To create said vision, it doesn’t have to include major changes either. A swift declutter or sparkling clean can make a big difference when it comes to attracting buyers.

Did you know de-cluttering, professional photography and entire house cleaning are the most recommended services to help sell*?

Below, Paloma Harrington-Griffin, Director of the Home Staging Association UK & Ireland, shares 10 tips on how to prepare your home for sale and how to take it up a notch:

Inspect and Correct: Examine your floors and walls, consider a lick of paint after a colour consultation and make sure to check for creaky floorboards.

De-Personalise: You went to the highest of heights to make your home exactly that – yours. But now that you’re trying to sell, keep in mind that not everyone has the same taste.

Reflection: Incorporate mirrors – not only do they bring more style to a space but they also make it appear brighter and seem more spacious.

Clean and Neutral: Make your bed look inviting by choosing white or neutral linen, a set of clean pillows, plumped up cushions and a chunky throw will give it a 5-star look. Another suggestion is to get crisp, white towels for the bathrooms for that fresh and clean spa-feeling.

Create Focal Points: Each room should have an area where eyes are naturally drawn to. Think creatively to come up with ways of repurposing objects to take centre stage.

Rearrange Furniture: With living rooms, symmetrical arrangements work really well. Pull your furniture off the walls and rearrange them to create an inviting area.

Bookcase organising: Rearrange your bookcase for some extra character. Remove nearly half of your books and leave some of the remaining ones stacked horizontally, and some in vertical position.

Let There Be Light: Updating lighting fixtures makes a major difference. Ensure you have a good balance between ambient, task and accent lighting to help brighten up a room.

Don’t Forget Outside: Whether your garden is acres long or only a compact balcony, play around and accessorize. Try adding a chic table and chair set with a stunning centerpiece.

Ask For Help: Remember, hiring a home staging professional could make all the difference on getting the best offer value!

*Source: Home Staging Report UK & Ireland 2019
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