If you plan on selling your home, you must stage the property. While cleaning and decluttering are critical steps, they are just the beginning of the sales process. Ideally, you should present the home to a likely buyer, creating interest in your property.
“At Thomas Morris, we think staging your home with a likely buyer in mind is crucial when selling your home”, said Thomas Morris St Ives Branch Manager Katy Poore. “We know the local market, and we can help you present your home in a manner that grabs attention, and generates in the property.”
If you are looking for staging tips before placing your home on the market, we are here to assist you through the process.
First impressions count for a lot
All vendors should know the importance of kerb appeal and making a positive first impression. The first image of your home on listing sites is usually an external shot. Also, viewers see the outside of your home before they see the inside, so you need to ensure people love their first impression of your property.
You’ve likely heard about the importance of a clean and well-presented garden, but make sure your front door looks at its best. Your front door should be robust, secure and aesthetically pleasing. Ideally, give your front door a fresh look before placing it on to the market, but make sure you choose a colour befitting the general mood and style of the street. You don’t want your home to stand out for all the wrong reasons.
Quick tips to consider when upgrading your front door:
- A conservative colour such as green, red, white, blue or black is suitable
- Ensure all door-knockers and knobs are gleaming, or replace them for new ones
- Make sure your doorbell, if applicable, works and looks presentable
Some people say maintaining boundaries is a vital tip for making the most of life, but it is a crucial task when staging your home for a buyer. The external elements of the property are just as essential as the inside, and you want to create a positive impression.
Fences, gates, railings or external walls should be in good condition, and it is worth upgrading their appearance if they appear shabby.
Add as much natural light inside the house as you can
Some rooms in the house enjoy a lot of natural light, and you should embrace this style as and when you can. However, areas like the hallway may not benefit from as much natural light as you would like, so you should take steps to brighten up this area, including:
- Switching to neutral colours for the walls and making sure the ceiling is white
- Switch to halogen bulbs
- Install a mirror to reflect light
- During a viewing, leave doors open to capture some of the light enjoyed by other rooms
Think about furniture
The wrong style or type of furniture can make your home less appealing. You want rooms to feel spacious, so if possible, pare down to the basics, and think about furniture the buyer is likely to choose for themselves.
You should also create a focal point in a room, not necessarily the TV, as this will help you style the room and create space to move around.
Selling your home is stressful, but with the right support, you can make the process easier. Book a valuation at a time that is suitable to you or alternatively, you can phone our St Ives branch, managed by Katy Poore by calling us on 01480 468066.