Now is the time to prepare your house for potential buyers. Look at our key points for how to stage your home to highlight its strengths
When your viewers arrive they want to see a well- loved and looked after property which evokes anticipation of what is to come behind the closed door. First impressions are vital, so improve the appearance of the exterior of your house and especially the garden.
When preparing a property to sell, our number one objective is to visually sell the lifestyle that the property can offer; whether it’s a small cottage or a classic family home, we enhance and sell what the particular property is offering to our buyers.
First impressions count
First impressions really count so we will spend time with you on the presentation of your home. This is vital as the next stage is your property’s photo shoot….
Always try and keep things fresh and light. Remove unnecessary clutter that you’ve become accustomed to in order to highlight the space that is on offer, as opposed to the space that isn’t.
Think about your furniture
Buyers are purchasing their dream space, so don’t let them think it’s too cramped or small. Consider how the furniture is being displayed, if it’s too big for the space or there’s too much of it. We can help to reassess the space and offer ideas on what you can do to make the most of the room.
Don’t make it personal
De-personalise rooms by removing personal belongings such as photographs and clothes and make sure you clean every surface to create an inviting space. This process is about allowing a potential buyer to see that this could be their home, and enabling them to visualize the rooms with their own personal belongings.
Set the mood
Choose calming, neutral colours to create a natural, inviting and relaxed feel. Lighting is especially important and lamps are a very good way to create soft light and enhance key areas.
Fresh, tidy and spotless are key elements - no nasty aromas – strong cooking, animal or musty smells are all unpleasant so ensure carpets, furniture, bathrooms and kitchens are clean and fresh.
We recently staged a property in Lewes that had an asking price of £850,000, which wasn’t attracting offers, despite being on the market with another agent for several months. After effectively staging the property, within just three weeks there were two buyers in a bidding war and the house sold for £870,000.