Once your house is listed for sale, you might have been perturbed by the number of real estate agents who want you to stage your home. You might have seen the prices they charge and considered it to be absolutely unnecessary. But what is Home Staging and is it impossible to carry it out individually?
Homebuyers and their agents are extremely particular and observant people. Every buyer looks for certain qualities inside a house: cleanliness, freshness, hygiene, and customizability. These can only be attained through one process: Home Staging. As the name suggests, home staging is a process by which you modify the look of your house so as to make it fit for consideration by the buyers in the market.
First-time buyers will always prefer new properties over resale houses but with some cleaning and furnishing, you can change the entire look of your house and increase its chances of being sold. How? Most sellers in the lower-price range will not take the trouble of staging and therefore, running the extra mile will help get your house sold in no time. A 2017 National Association of Realtors survey reveals that 49% of buyers’ agents claim that staging affects their clients’ decisions. 77% of the agents further say that buyers can imagine a staged house to be theirs more easily. So, here are few DIY Home Staging tips that can add razzmatazz to your place and entice your customers for a quick sale.
It’s extremely important that you clean your house thoroughly and if you are staging a traditional house, you should start with this first. Clean your floorboards, vacuum your corners, dust your ceilings, and shine your windows. Your kitchen slabs, tabs, bathroom fixtures (taps, tubs, showers) should be polished fastidiously. A person looking forward to staying inside your place would want a clean, hygienic, and habitable environment. Thus, it’s essential that every corner that will be sighted by your customer is immaculate and impressive.
This is the first rule of home staging: prioritizing your rooms. Homebuyers do not look at all the rooms equally, they are wise enough to know that the small bedrooms (not master) of a resale flat would not look like a hotel room but will have a standard decor and ambiance. Stressing on the master bedroom, living room, kitchen, and main toilet will be a prudent approach.
If your funds permit, give your prioritized rooms a new coat of paint. Homebuyers don’t like colors that are too bold and garish or too dark and uncomfortable. Warm, neutral colors in your living room would always make a good impression on your client. Removing old wallpapers is a must and painting over them is a strict no-no, it makes the entire room shabby. Repainting also happens to be one of the best things that you can do when you’re staging an empty house for sales as it makes your house lively and fresh.
Declutter and Depersonalise
You must accept that your house is going to another person who may not have the same tastes and preferences as you do. S/he would like to imagine it to be his/her own home. Therefore, it’s best that you remove personal items that appeal to you solely. Removing items that occupy unnecessary space inside your house is another important task, especially when you’re staging an older home for sales. Old furniture, irreparable electronics, junk should be rid of before your buyer arrives.
Bad home staging is one that doesn’t perceive mismatches. Positioning your furniture properly changes the look and vibe of the room to a great extent. Spread your furniture into small groups, especially in the drawing-room, maintaining as much distance as would be necessary for conversation. Extra furniture should be shifted strategically to other places. An extra armchair in the living room can be shifted to a room that feels empty. You might need to discard or buy some furniture. Make sure there’s a balanced and fresh appeal.
Make use of natural light to the best possible extent. Natural lighting can be brought with clean windows, light curtains, and fix all bulbs and lights. There should be no dark and musty area inside your house. The brighter your rooms, the better your chances.
Repair and Freshen
Cracks on the wall, split on the floor, peeling paint are some of the most depressing and detrimental things for home-buyers. Ensure that there is no possibility for your potential buyer to think that your house has a weak foundation. Finally, a fresh aura inside the house makes everything look better. Fresh flowers in the house give houses a rejuvenated look. Additionally, there should be no malodorous substance in the house.
Home Staging is often considered to be a professional job but once you follow our tips and redesign your house accordingly, your house will look as good as new. Remember, the newer you make it seem, the higher the price they will deem.