Have you recently decided to sell your home, and want it to look its very best when you put it on the market? ‘Staging’ your home for the property market involves decorating, arranging and cleaning your home to make it look perfect, and attract more attention on the market. Research shows that home staging can increase the value of your home by 10%, and many estate agents say that staged homes sell much faster. Here is a checklist for everything you need to do to stage a home perfect for sale.
Improve Your Kerb Appeal
Your curb appeal is one of the most important parts of staging a home – the front of your house will heavily influence their ‘first impression’, and first impressions are very important. If the driveway, front garden and front of your house look untidy and unkempt, people may not want to buy your home. Make sure to mow your front lawn and take care of any plants, and consider pressure washing your driveway and house to get rid of dirt. If you have a wooden front door, you should also consider repainting it to give the front of your home a bit of gloss.
Potential buyers will be judging your home on its cleanliness, both consciously and subconsciously. A clean home indicates previous owners that have looked after the property very well, indicating that little will need to be spent on the property after purchase. Make sure that you clean every room, paying close attention to potentially neglected areas like ceilings, corners and windows. Natural lighting is very important when it comes to the desirability of a home, so make sure your windows are extra clean to let all that light in.
Deep Clean Your Soft Furnishings
Many people dress their homes with soft furnishings for viewings to make their home look more cosy and inviting, by buying new curtains, sofa cushions, rugs, table linens and towels. However, many people don’t have the budget to buy everything. Instead, make sure that all of these are clean by washing them with scented detergent. The natural smells from cooking permeate soft furnishings easily, and making sure they’re clean will make your home smell amazing and look incredibly cosy.
Make Home Viewings A Sensory Experience
Playing to potential buyers’ senses is one of the best things you can do to make your home more desirable on the property market. You could have soft music playing in the background, to really enhance the theme of your home and make your viewers feel happy and comfortable. You should ensure that the property is at a comfortable temperature during viewings – not too hot or cold. If potential buyers feel comfortable in your property, they will be able to visualise themselves living there. You should also think carefully about the scent of your home – take care to thoroughly clean carpets and use gentle cleaning scents to not overpower the space. Studies have shown that using natural, gentle candle scents in your home such as baked cookies, fresh linen and vanilla increases the likelihood of a sale. When putting your bathroom on display, make sure to put your natural skin care products on display. You’re not just selling a home – you’re selling a lifestyle.