How to successfully stage a bathroom to sell your home

How to successfully stage a bathroom to sell your home

So, you’ve decided it’s time for a change.

Time to move home.

You’ve got people to recommend estate agents that will market your home for you.

Now what?

In this series of posts, I will cover the best ways to stage your home with minimal effort when putting your property on the market.

In short:

Dress it.

Make it look the best it possibly can.

Imagine you’re getting ready for a first date with somebody new, you want to show off your best features, and hide the ones that aren’t. In order to find Mr / Mrs Right, you want to make them think they could spend the rest of their life with you.

The exact same applies for home staging – the prospective buyers want to be shown your home’s best features, and envisage spending the rest of their lives with it.

family bathroom before home staging process. Includes toilet, sink, bath, radiator, mirror, numerous surplus toiletries, a child's potty and baby bath.

An interior designer who is experienced with home stage assignments will be able to provide you with a visual of how the space could look by making small subtle changes.

family bathroom rendered drawing with it having been decluttered and cleared.

So, what can you do to your living area to improve your home’s chances of being sold?

  1. Consider its current uses. In the client whose pictures I’ve used above, this was clearly the only bathroom on site so had to serve two adults and two children. Unlike the living room and nursery all that was really needed was a good clear and clean.
  2. Clear away belongings that don’t fit the prospective use. Understandably when it comes to having children there will be things like potties and baby baths around. I would strongly encourage you to take them out of site for viewings, perhaps put them in a wardrobe or under a bed for the time being, so that the bathroom feels more spacious. Any gifted toiletries you’ve put in the bathroom but are unlikely to use, consider donating to a charitable cause.
  3. Clean, clean, clean! Once the toiletries and child-related items had been removed, limescale remover and cleaning products came out. Mirror was polished, even behind the radiator was hoovered (this is often a space that’s forgotten about. Skirting boards were washed, taps polished until they shone, and tile grouting cleaned til it was left sparkling. A quick tip – struggling to get the grouting bright again? Consider a grouting pen for a quick fix.
  4. Bring in finishing touches. In this case, I used client’s own accessories from around the home. The plant came from the kitchen, and while researching what type of plant it was (because I have no idea about these things) I discovered that it thrives in a dark and humid environment. Result! The bathroom shelves made everything seem so much tidier, it made a huge difference!
  5. Stage the space nicely. Make it look as if the bathroom has a space for absolutely everything, so no overflowing storage, please!
finishing touches for family bathroom after home staging process
decluttered bathroom

Doesn’t it look fab?

I’m pleased to tell you that within one week of the property being put on the market, it sold for 10% over the original asking price. They have since found their dream home which was within their budget because of the added equity they gained from the sale.

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How to successfully stage a nursery to sell your home

How to successfully stage a nursery to sell your home

So, you’ve decided it’s time for a change.

Time to move home.

You’ve got people to recommend estate agents that will market your home for you.

Now what?

In this series of posts, I will cover the best ways to stage your home with minimal effort when putting your property on the market.

In short:

Dress it.

Make it look the best it possibly can.

Imagine you’re getting ready for a first date with somebody new, you want to show off your best features, and hide the ones that aren’t. In order to find Mr / Mrs Right, you want to make them think they could spend the rest of their life with you.

The exact same applies for home staging – the prospective buyers want to be shown your home’s best features, and envisage spending the rest of their lives with it.

child's nursery before home staging including the cotbed, dresser, changing table and dresser
child's nursery before home staging process is complete. includes a chair, bookcase, two windows, cotbed and shelving

An interior designer who is experienced with home stage assignments will be able to provide you with a visual of how the space could look by making small subtle changes.

child's nursery rendered drawing with it having been decluttered and cleared.

So, what can you do to your living area to improve your home’s chances of being sold?

  1. Consider its current uses. In the client whose pictures I’ve used above, the space was used as a child’s nursery, so bedroom and playroom. Unlike the living room, this was pretty straightforward to deal with.
  2. Clear away belongings that don’t fit the prospective use. In this case, we cleared the bookcase and used the storage boxes fully to make the space look tidier even if the boxes could be as messy as you like inside. By removing the giraffe and horse it meant a clearer view of the left window!
  3. Clean, clean, clean! Once we were left with the remaining nursery and play room belongings we felt would help the staging, we cleaned the windows, hoovered the curtains, sofa, floors, you name it. It’s so much easier to do once all the unnecessary clutter is removed.
  4. Bring in finishing touches. In this case, I used client’s own accessories from around the nursery. The plant in the teacup came from the kitchen, and the mushroom light fixture came from the master bedroom as it had been a bedside light there before I brought in new ones for the project.
  5. Stage the space nicely. Make it look as if the bedroom has a space for absolutely everything, so no overflowing dressers or storage, please! Put up pictures on shelves, hang items of personality on hooks such as the summer’s hat on the bird hooks – aren’t they adorable?
finishing touches for child's nursery after home staging process
decluttered bookcase in child's nursery
accessories for child's nursery design after completed home stagin
styled window shelf in child's nursery bedroom
child's bedroom clutter-free and tidied completed home staging

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How to use home staging to sell your home

How to use home staging to sell your home

So, you’ve decided it’s time for a change.

Time to move home.

You’ve got people to recommend estate agents that will market your home for you.

Now what?

In this series of posts, I will cover the best ways to stage your home with minimal effort when putting your property on the market.

In short:

Dress it.

Make it look the best it possibly can.

Imagine you’re getting ready for a first date with somebody new, you want to show off your best features, and hide the ones that aren’t. In order to find Mr / Mrs Right, you want to make them think they could spend the rest of their life with you.

The exact same applies for home staging – the prospective buyers want to be shown your home’s best features, and envisage spending the rest of their lives with it.

Before

After

So, what can you do to your living area to improve your home’s chances of being sold?

  1. Consider its current uses. In the client whose pictures I’ve used above, the space was used as a play room, office, dining room, living room, baby changing station, laundry room… You name it! We decided to cut the uses down to simply living area and dining area.
  2. Clear away belongings that don’t fit the prospective use. By clearing cupboards, we made space for the printer that was currently on display, and – a little secret for you – the chaise lounge came with under-seat storage! So we were able to put all the baby-related products there. Huzzah!
  3. Clean, clean, clean! Once we were left with the remaining living area and dining area belongings we felt would help the staging, we cleaned the windows, hoovered the curtains, sofa, floors, you name it. It’s so much easier to do once all the unnecessary clutter is removed.
  4. Bring in finishing touches. In this case, I brought in a light pendant from Homebase that gave the space a really glamorous edge, and used client’s existing accessories to make the space feel really cozy and comfortable.
Pendant light from Homebase

Client’s own little accessories really finished off the curtains.

Never forget to use curtain tiebacks though for that cozy look!

What do you think? Anything else you might add? In the next post I’ll cover child’s bedroom – don’t miss it!

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5 fabulous reasons to use an amazing home stager

5 fabulous reasons to use an amazing home stager

You’ve decided to move on from your current place.
Congratulations! Hopefully it means you’re off to pastures new, or that, in the very least, it’s for positive reasons. Frustratingly, your current place has been on the market a little while, and, although there was interest initially, none of the offers have been at asking price. And, let’s be honest here – who can afford to sell for less than asking price? You’re not running a charity, after all! While you know your home is perfect for the ideal buyer, they just don’t seem interested. Sorry lovely, but, your home may be lacking the “WOW!” factor. Time to call in the professionals (well, me)
Let me tell you a few of the benefits of using a home stager.
1. Increased likelihood of getting those desperately-sought offers A staging project I’ve recently worked on received two offers within the first week of being on the market. One was 10% over the asking price – the prospective buyers had fallen in love with it THAT much!
2. It gives you that competitive edge Not many homes on the market in the UK currently are being staged sadly, and, in today’s market, who can afford to have a house that looks the same as everyone else’s? By using a home stager it means your home will stand out above the rest.
3. It makes a better use of your time By using a home stager to arrange your house ready for sale, it means you can focus on house hunting for your next property, and get everything organised for your move.
4. Less stress And let’s be honest, when is that ever a bad thing?? Moving house is one of the top six most stressful things you can put yourself through. Any help you can get along the way is always welcome, right? My home staging services are always provided with a smile on my face, and, if you’re extra lucky, home-made brownies on the day of the Big Shuffle.
5. It’s incredibly cost-effective Investing in a home stager may seem like a large expense while trying to minimise the cost ahead of moving in general, but when my previous clients used my services they ended up accepting an offer 10% over the already-ambitious (in their eyes) asking price.
So, there you have it! Pretty simple, isn’t it? Tell you what – because I’m feeling generous, why not send me an email using the form below (or call me on 07967 292 148) and I’ll grant you one home staging question answered completely free! That way, you get to figure out if it’s a service for you, and I get to hear from the lovely you. Sx

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6 reasons to consider Home Staging

6 reasons to consider Home Staging

So you’ve decided to put your property on the market. Or perhaps you’ve had it on the market a little while, and, while anxiously googling “Why won’t my house sell???” late at night (3am is my preferred anxiety-google-session) you come across the term “Home Staging”.
Sounds like an acting term doesn’t it? You could easily imagine Sir Ian McKellan saying “I… am a HOME stager”.
ian
So maybe you think you’d have to act differently in the house when you’re trying to sell it; perhaps become a bit of a geezer (“Wan’ a good deal, ma’e? Talk t’me!”)
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It’s got nothing to do with acting, you’ll be pleased to know.
At least not from YOUR point of view.
This is your home’s moment to shine!
Let me explain…
Home staging is the (relatively) simple process of trying to make your house look at the best of its abilities at all times, and I hope the tips I’m about to share with you will help along that journey.

Of course, if you’d rather have someone do it for you (why not? Life’s too hectic as it is anyway!) then please contact me and I would be more than happy to come and give you some pointers in person.

  1. Declutter

    I know. I know. It’s painful. It sucks. It causes arguments (“Yes I really REALLY need to keep my LP collection, what if they become valuable one day? Do YOU really need to keep an instruction manual from our toaster we bought 5 years ago? There’s no extra warranty; there’s no extra parts to it – you want toasted bread? Put it in the toaster, push down, wait! What more do you need to know?”) and it can be incredibly emotional. Plus you don’t want to upset your partner, either. I’ll do a follow-up post next week on my tips to have a successful declutter session.

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  3. Change the purpose of your spare room

    Spare rooms, also known as “dumping grounds”/“the room we put everything that doesn’t have a place” could, following step one, become a home study or perhaps a (well-organised) play room

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  5. Ensure the bedrooms all coordinate

    What I mean by this is, try not to have clashing bedding to the general decor in the room.

  6. bedding

  7. Invest in storage

    Because, even after decluttering you will find you STILL have things you need/want to keep/can’t get rid of without your children/partner/pets going crazy. IKEA normally have storage that doesn’t break the bank, and sometimes this can be all it takes.

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  9. Repaint

    I know. You want to sell up and you’re going to have to, more than likely, spend a few months arranging your next property the way you want. But how about the scuff marks in the dining room from the chairs? What about the fat finger stains from your mini-me’s that are covering the wall in the staircase? There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint. With high street companies like B&Q and Homebase often offering 3 for 2 on paints you can easily get some non-bank-breaking paints. Try to opt for creams (doesn’t have to be magnolia!) as this will make the home appear more neutral and appeal to a wider audience. It may even make the home look more spacious!

  10. Dulux Whites

  11. Clean, clean, CLEAN!

    It’s hard. You work, you have a social life, you have a family to run around after. I know, I get it. I haven’t ever got enough time in a day, either. But, and I’m sure you won’t be surprised about this one after last week’s post: grotty bathrooms and kitchens do not sell houses. Get a cleaner to come in and scour those two rooms within an inch of their lives if you have to. Tiling HAS to be mould-free. With the variety of products now available on the market all the way from environmentally friendly to wear-a-mask-in-a-ventilated-room-type-toxic ones, I’m afraid there is absolutely no excuse. Why not build it into your daily routine to give the bathroom a wipe-down when you have a shower/bath? As you’ve got the dinner in the oven, why not wipe down the surfaces?

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  13. Garden

    Finally, tidy any garden space you might have. Leaving it unloved and full of high weeds make it seem like the garden’s high maintenance. It doesn’t have to be that way. All it takes is a lawn mower, weed killer and a trimmer. You can often get cheap garden decorations from your local hardware store, or local for sale sites. But for the love of God, do NOT invest in garden gnomes. Did you know they can devalue a property by £500 each? That goes for neighbours’, too..

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    All these tips seem pretty simple, don’t they? Trust me, they are. Decluttering is by far the most challenging step; once you get the hang of it everything else becomes easier.

    Not convinced it’s going to make the difference you need? Why not contact me and see how I can help? I’d love to work with you.