Selling a house can be extremely time consuming and tricky, especially when a property is on the market for a long time. You could well see a constant stream of people coming through your door to view the house, but none of them want to buy it. In this instance, you’ll likely be scratching your head and asking yourself why no one wants to put an offer in.
It could be that the house is smaller or larger than they expected, the area isn’t quite right, they don’t get that warm feeling when they walk inside, or it could be because people are struggling to see the house for what it is.
This is where staging comes in. In order for people to get a realistic idea of the bones of a house and whether or not it’s going to work for them, they need to be able to envision themselves living there. That can be hard when a house is full of other people’s things. Now, there’s no expectation for you to throw all your possessions away just to host viewings, but you do need to make an effort to show your house at its best.
Data shows that staging your house could half the time it’s on the market, and it could also pull in an additional 10% value. There’s a lot to be said for staging, but it does require some effort on your part. Here are three tips you can implement that make home staging easy.
First thing’s first, you need to declutter your house. We’ve already mentioned that you don’t need to get rid of all your worldly possessions, and that still rings true, but a bit of decluttering won’t go amiss. You’ll likely need to throw some things away anyway before you move, so decluttering for staging will benefit you further down the line, too.
You might not think you need to declutter, but you probably have a few things you could either throw away or put away. For example, if you live in a traditional terraced house with a narrow hallway and you have a photo collage on the walls, this could make the space seem smaller than it is. Remove the collage and replace it with a mirror to make the space seem larger.
Additionally, clear off your kitchen worktops and dining table to open things up further.
Once you’ve decluttered, you can begin to clean. It’s unreasonable to expect a house to be pristine 24/7, but when you have viewings, you want to show your house in the very best light. This means going round the bathroom with a wipe, sweeping the floors, and letting fresh air in to circulate and dissipate bad odors.
You don’t need to move furniture out and clean behind it, but making sure your house looks clean from a surface level will give people all the right indications that this is a well looked-after house.
Finally, make sure you fix little snags. If you’ve been meaning to put up a lampshade, do it. Has the paint on your front door chipped? Re-paint it. Is your bathroom door in need of planning because it’s catching on the floor when it’s opened? Make sure to fix the issue. These might be niggles you’ve learned to live with and ignore, but anyone new will spot them a mile off and they’ll stick out like a sore thumb, so make sure there’s no pesky bits that can give a negative impression.
We hope you find these staging tips helpful. Remember, it’s okay for your house to look lived in; just make sure other people can see beyond your stuff enough to place an offer.