The Beginner’s Guide to Home Staging

The Beginner’s Guide to Home Staging

Before you even think of putting your house for sale today’s market, have a look at these simple tips that will get your house into tip top shape.

What is home staging?

Home staging is essentially the art of making our house more attractive and appealing to potential buyers. It is more than merely painting and decorating, it involves the positioning of furniture and household objects, it makes the most out of the size of your house making sure it looks spacious, it creates a mood that will attract the buyer and essentially make them want to buy your home!

Who does home staging?

The simple answer is you. Everyone is capable of getting the most out of their homes, although there are professional stagers out there who will make your home so appealing that you yourself may not want to leave it! Doing it yourself will save you money, but not necessarily time. If you want a quick fix then you may need to call the professionals.

First things first…

There is no point in making your house look perfect and appealing if you haven’t even bothered to do the cleaning. Get on your hands and knees and give your house the clean of its life! Do not stop until it is at the standard that you would expect from a brand new home. Get marks of the walls, clean carpets, windows, toilets; everything.  Only then can you begin to think about home staging.

Let’s get started…

  1. Remove all personal items around your home. This means things like family pictures, and painting’s done by the children. You are essentially depersonalising your house, you want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in your house, not to feel like they are intruding on your family home.
  2. Get rid of clutter. Minimalistic is the way to go, but you don’t want you house to appear too cold. Clutter makes rooms feel small, so getting rid of it can give the illusion that the house is bigger than it is. Remove all knick-knacks and leave welcoming items such as scented candles and rugs to make the room appear warm. Ensure walls are not to ‘busy.’ We want the house to look homely, but also as though the buyers could imagine what their stuff would look like in there, which is hard to do if it is full of your stuff!
  3. Colours play a big part in home staging. That purple may look funky in your living room, but is purple to everyone’s taste? And you may think that the deep red in your bedroom is warm and sensual, but will all potential buyers? The best thing to do is stay to neutral colours; white, beige, creams and light coffee colours being the safest bets. Light colours will again make you home appear more spacious, and also make it look cleaner. A plain canvas will have the viewer’s wondering what they could do with the space, rather than thinking how they would have to cover up that ghastly purple…
  4. Lighting can be key; a bright room gives a positive feeling and a good mood. Make sure all light bulbs are working and that in the main rooms- kitchen, living room and dining room- they are switched on. Bedrooms need a much softer mood, so leaving side lamps on will do. And as said before, candles will make the house feel warm and also smell delicious!
  5. Don’t forget the garden! Many people will buy a house exclusively for the garden. With that in mind, make sure the grass is trimmed, the weeds are pulled out and that there is some colour around. Get rid of any garden ornaments. Make sure garden furniture is looking neat and tidy, give it an extra lick of paint or gloss if it needs it. Clean any paving slabs and patch up any grass that is missing. It may seem time consuming, but it will be worth it when your house sells in a quarter of the time that it once would have.

Staging shouldn’t be too tasking, but if all else fails; employ someone to do it for you! It is their job, and they are very good at it.

1 Comment

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    Comment by Rocky: Sep 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    So properly staged garden can be a reason of selling homes fast?

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