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