For many, selling their home means starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives. While preparing for this next chapter, it is important to prepare the current home for listing to ensure that it stands out from the crowd while on the market.
Preparation is a key element to guaranteeing that the home is sold for the best possible price within the shortest time frame. We take a look at a few tips that homeowners could utilize to give them an edge over the competition.
Highlight the idea that the home is move-in ready
When it comes to paint, a neutral palette is always a timeless option that will appeal to the largest percentage of potential buyers. The same is true for other aspects of the home such as the furniture and window coverings. It is not necessary to employ the services of a professional interior designer to stage the home before selling – a few simple DIY projects can make a big difference. There is a wealth of information available to sellers online and in property-related publications. Ideally, the home should look as though it is ready for the buyer to simply move in.
Depersonalise and remove clutter
When buyers view a property they want to be able to envision themselves living there and making it theirs. If possible, it is best to simplify spaces by removing everyday items such as the TV remotes, piles of laundry, pet toys, schoolwork, and the to-do lists on the fridge – this also includes more personal photos. Well-organised, minimal shelves and counters showcase the space potential, rather than personal items. The homeowner is in the process of preparing to sell their home, so why not get started by packing away personal items? It will declutter the home and make it one less thing to worry about during the move.
A fresh bunch of flowers and some plug-in air fresheners will make the home smell great and be more inviting to buyers.
Cater to the senses
Sellers should consider what a buyer will experience when they first walk into the home. What will they see, smell, hear and touch? There is often an emotional response to a home that is triggered by the senses. For example, the smell of freshly baked cookies will make the house feel more like a home, prepares to evoke a nostalgic feeling in the buyer.
A dirty, smelly home is not appealing to anyone. Hiring a professional cleaning service will make the home smell and look great. Sticky floors and filthy light switches will only turn buyers off. Homeowners with pets should consider confining them to one area of the property while the house is on show. A barking dog can hurry a potential buyer along during the viewing. Instrumental music during the showing will appeal to the buyer’s ears.
Update and simplify
Replacing dated elements in the home with contemporary designs will give it a fresh and modern look. Rather opt for a cleaner, simpler look than going for harsh patterns or edgy colours and avoid styles that clash with one another. It is better to have an empty wall or bare space than have elements that don’t work well together.
Here is a checklist that sellers can use when staging their property:
With these tips in mind when staging a home, a seller will be able to prepare and enter into the sales process with confidence, knowing that their home is in its best possible condition.