Styling your home to sell
“First impressions last”….You want to make sure you grab the buyers attention the minute they walk into your home. It is imperative that your home is clean and free from clutter. As the old saying goes, less is more!! Never a truer word when it comes to home staging or styling your property to sell.
The biggest thing I can can’t stress enough is to de-clutter your home. Not to the point of it being completely bare of course. You still need to retain some personality in the home. Here are some tips that might help you prepare for selling your property.
- Use neutral colours in your living space, if you have many coloured walls or feature walls, paint them a neutral colour. (If the budget allows) Trust me, it pays off.
- It is better to have a blank canvas, a buyer likes to visualise their own belongings and furniture in the home.
- Ensure your carpets are cleaned and damaged timber floors are re-sanded and polished
- Present the room as spaciously as possible. Place the furniture in a suitable orientation to give it a warm & cosy feel.
- Try to hold back on the personal items, e.g. family portraits all over the walls. Yes, people understand that you live in the home, I’m not saying you can’t have family pictures by any means, just not a whole wall of them. 🙂
- New cupboard and drawer handles will add life to an old kitchen, an extremely inexpensive way to update a kitchen. Try IKEA, Bunnings and Masters, they have quite a large range.
- A fresh coat of paint will cover cooking splatter marks and add life to a drab kitchen.
- Kitchen clutter must be cleared & appliances kept to a minimum.
- No one wants to see toaster, kettle, microwave, blender etc on the benches. Even if you just pop them away for the professional pictures and any viewings. Showcase the kitchen with maximum bench space!
- Your bathroom must be spotless and tiles clean, scape out the old grout if required and redo. You will be amazed the difference it makes.
- Air your bathroom before inspections – bad smells are a buyer turn off!
- Add a little luxury with fresh new towels, handmade soaps and flowers
- Add some boutique bath products, try to give it that spa feel.
- Reduce the amount of furniture in small bedrooms to give the impression of space. This is so important, too much furniture in one room will distract the eye and make it appear much, much smaller than it actually is.
- Add a little luxury with fresh linen, puffed pillows and extra cushions.
- De-personalise your bedroom, but add little touches like candles & prints. If you have some old frames at home lying around the house, go online and print off some images to display in the frames. Quick, easy and best of all FREE.
Finishing Touches & Inspection Day
- Ensure all areas have been dusted, vacuumed, mopped and place new light globes in all rooms if any are blown.
- Place fresh flowers on the dining room table.
- Invest in one good quality candle and have it on prior to the inspection. The scent will still be there during the inspection. (for safety reasons & little children, I wouldn’t recommend you leave the candle lit).
Well, there is a basic guide to my tips on styling the inside of your home. If you are selling, I wish you the best of luck and hope you get that maximum price.
From the BHL team.