Once you have made the decision to sell your home the next question is naturally – how can I get the highest price? It goes without saying that a good agent will play a huge part in getting you the best result but did you know that effective home styling or “home staging” will also play a significant role? In fact, some agents claim that every dollar they spend on styling they get back five times in sales price. That’s at least five great reasons why you should be embracing this phenomenon!
As the Director of Bonaccorde, Amanda Haimona knows a thing or two about real estate styling. With 20 years’ experience in real estate, Amanda has seen first-hand how property styling has evolved and how important it is to the bottom line when selling your home. “Our buyers are sophisticated, savvy and want to walk in to a home that they feel has been well looked after. There are a number of professional interior designers who specialise in staging houses for sale, however below are some simple and straightforward tips you can implement yourself to make that lasting impression.”
People can and will judge a book by its cover
When potential buyers arrive at your house first impressions could mean the difference between an offer or not. Ensure your hedges are trimmed, garden beds weeded, minor repairs are fixed and the driveway is clear from any dirt or clutter. This is your houses’ moment to declare how wonderful it is so don’t underestimate how powerful this first impression can be.
De-personalise and de-clutter
Yes your home is a showcase for your life and all the trinkets, photos, books and knickknacks mean the world to you….but they don’t mean anything to potential buyers! You need to be able to disassociate yourself with your home and remove any personal items so that people can walk in and conjure up visions of themselves living in this space.
It’s what inside that counts
Before inspections make sure you go through every drawer and cupboard and reorganise and again de-clutter. Good storage is usually up there on every buyer’s wish list so remove any unnecessary items to reveal the extent of the space.
Don’t give them a list of repairs
You want buyers to leave your property imagining moving in straight away not making a mental list of all the things that require fixing! So, before you arrange inspections go through your property with a fine toothcomb. Look for chipped paint and floorboards, broken handles and fixtures.
How does the space work
You want all furniture and items within the house to demonstrate how a space can work. Often that means removing excess furniture. Your focus should be to maximise space and light and give every room a purpose. Take the thinking out of it for the buyer.
Everyone’s gotta eat…and shower
Kitchen’s and Bathrooms really can sell a house so pay particular attention to these two areas. In your kitchen remove everything from benches and…you know it…declutter. In your bathroom, invest in some new towels to make the space inviting. Don’t underestimate the power of what new handles or paint can do for dated bathrooms.
Clean, clean, clean
Never has been a better time for some old fashioned elbow-grease. Before inspections your house should look immaculate. From front to back, windows to floors and ceiling and walls, everything must be spotless.