While your current home furnishings suit your purpose fine, that weird wallpaper in the upper hallway might not please the visitors. The key to putting forth a great home staging is to look at the house from a buyer’s perspective and make minor enhancements that will bring its best features in the centre stage. Take note of these inexpensive fixes that work in virtually any home.
Arrange for an inviting entrance
It’s no rare case that potential buyers drive by if they get discouraged by the uninviting front door area. The front door goes hand in hand with the entire curb appeal, so make sure the garage doors are closed, as no one wants to see your junk. Remove the cars from the driveway and clean up the landscaping: mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and swipe the leaves. Now is the perfect time to remove those empty planters from the pathway. Make sure you remove the cobwebs from eaves and door frames. Check if your water hoses are folded up and stored, as well if your kids left any recreation gear like balls, soccer goals, or nets in the front.
Dispense with the clutter
Personal photos, collectibles, stacks of paper, boxes… all these distract the buyer from concentrating on the house. People like to see a clear square footage, and may think the room are less spacious than they really are. What is worse, clutter might prompt them to think there’s not enough storage in the house. The rule of a thumb for identifying clutter is – if you can’t sit on it, it’s not a decoration, it’s clutter.
Make furniture work for you
Remove non-essential pieces of furniture and arrange the remaining ones in a way that creates a smooth traffic flow. When done right, furniture placement can help show off the room and make a huge impact on the buyer. Pull the furniture away from the wall so people can see the perimeter of the room, but also to create an illusion of a larger space. Instead of lining the wall, strive to make groups which allow for easier traffic. Just look at how these outstanding examples of property styling in Sydney showcase additional touches that provide complete styling without cluttering the space.
The first thing anyone notices when they walk through a door is the smell. Give your best to remove odours caused by pets, smoking and cooking. An unpleasantly smelly place is no one’s idea of a new home, so do your best to make it fresh. Before the actual staging takes place, open up all the windows and air the house out. Boil some cinnamon, bake cookies, bake bread, do anything you can to have the air smelling fresh and clean. For a more drastic approach, paint the walls using paint with added scent packets which are available at paint stores.
Take care of repairs
Take a tour of the property and see it from the buyer’s, price-killing perspective. Oil the door and window hinges, fix the loose handrails, door knobs, etc. Maintenance problems that seem to have lingered for some time, such as large cracks in your concrete walkways, always send a red flag to the buyers, a hint that the owner hasn’t really given the problems much thought. It definitely costs you less to repair it than what buyers might deduct from their asking price.
The final touches
The idea behind staging is to let rooms show themselves, and the difference between a plain-looking room and one with style often lies in details. Kitchen is often called the heart of home, so make sure you make it sparkle – rub orange oil to cabinets to renew their lustre and arrange the counter with large bowls of fruit and colourful cookbooks. Bring the outdoors inside through the use of plants and greenery. Make the bathrooms look airy and inviting by placing baskets with towels tied with ribbons, scented soaps, creamy lotions, and jars of moisturizer and facial product.
Home staging goes beyond decorating and cleaning. It’s all about creating and perfecting the right moods for every room. Staging can make your house look bigger, brighter, and warmer. Once you master the art of grouping furniture and eliminating odours, proceed to add small details that make the difference between “we’ll call you back” and “honey, I think our search is over”.