Is Your Home Ready To Sell?
When putting your property on the market, first impressions count, so we’ve compiled these handy home staging tips to help you create the irresistible look that home buyers love.
1. Be objective
Give your home an honest assessment. Work your way through from front to back, inside and out, jotting down tasks as you go.
2. Break it down
Once you have a to-do list, break the chores into manageable chunks: some tasks can be crossed off the list easily, while others may need a weekend of hard work.
3. Start early
Factor in more time than you think you need to make improvements – a few days of wet weather can create havoc with your schedule.
4. Love at first sight
Potential buyers may drive by your property prior to the first open day so make sure it presents well. Remove any rubbish, put the bins away and sweep the paths.
5. Sparkling clean
Hire or borrow a high-pressure hose to clean the exterior. Years of grime will be washed away in a matter of hours, leaving your house gleaming.
6. A sense of space
Every professional stylist will recommend you de-clutter. Sell or donate excess furniture, pack away clothes and toys, and clear bench tops of small appliances.
7. Behind closed doors
Prospective buyers will look inside wardrobes and cupboards so keep them neat and tidy. If required, store household goods at an offsite storage facility.
8. White glove test
Clean all rooms thoroughly including floors, walls and windows, before every open house inspection. Don’t forget to dust!
Potential buyers like to imagine living in the house they’re inspecting, so it’s important to create a neutral environment. Remove family photographs, children’s artwork and personal items such as diaries and calendars.
10. Style your home
Work with home staging professionals to give your property a stylish edge and ensure it presents beautifully for the photographs used in marketing materials.
11. Hotel luxury
Add a touch of indulgence with soft, fluffy towels in the bathroom and crisp linen on the beds.
12. A dash of colour
Contemporary furnishings such as rugs, cushions and pot plants will brighten up living areas and create a sense of style.
13. Let there be light
On inspection days, draw curtains and blinds back to let in natural daylight.
14. Sensory delight
Open up windows and doors where they showcase outdoor living space. This has the added benefit of airing your home of any odours.
Tempting as it may be to stay home on inspection days, don’t. Go for a long walk or meet a friend for coffee. Prospective buyers don’t want to feel watched by the homeowner. Leave it to the real estate team to manage.
Preparing your home for sale doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise, but remember your property will have plenty of competition, so do everything you can to convince buyers that yours is the home they simply must have. By following these tips, home staging in Auckland couldn’t be easier!
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