Preparing your home for viewers (or “staging” as it’s often referred to) is really important when selling a property. Not only can it help your property to sell faster, but can also potentially add to its overall value.
1. Declutter – but don’t depersonalise
Get rid of all of the excess items that you have accumulated over the years. People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there, without clutter.
Don’t make it look like a generic hotel though; leave some personality.
Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small.
2. A fresh lick of paint
Giving your walls a fresh lick of paint - neutral paint can make your home seem lighter and bigger.
You can create a good first impression by giving the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint.
3. Fix and clean
Make any necessary minor repairs– holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets.
Cleaneverythinguntil it sparkles. Get rid of limescale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours and hang up fresh towels in the bathroom.
Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture, and cut the grass - people can then visualise themselves using the garden.
4. Update the kitchen
The kitchen is said to be the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure.
Consider re-facing your kitchen cabinets. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinets and is often as effective. Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value.
Declutter the surfaces and just leave a bowl of fruit out. Take out any bulky appliances to create more space.
Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures to update the room.
5. Light and airy
Wall mirrors can make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways.
6. Light a fire
If it’s a cold evening, or even a chilly day, light your fire. Consider burning some pinecones for the lovely smell.
7. Make it look pretty
Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains.
Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell nice.
8. Showing the property
Let your estate agent show the property if you prefer and they can deal with those tricky questions.
Our experienced lawyersand Property Managers have a detailed knowledge of the local property market and are well-placed to guide you through the selling process.