Between the property listing and the legal complexities of conveyancing, staging a home is something theat sellers can often overlook. The process, which involves presenting rooms in your home for viewings, can take time and money, but can also provide a significant pay-off.
According to a survey by the National Association of Realtors, 49 per cent of realtors believe staging usually has an effect on the buyer’s view of the home. Only 4 per cent said it had no impact whatsoever.
81 per cent said staging helps buyers visualise the property as a future home, with more than one in three realtors using staging on all of their homes. The common consensus is that can add between 1 and 5 per cent to a property’s value.
But what should you do and where? We round up the top five rooms for sellers to stage and give some tips for each.
1. Living room
The living room is the number one room to stage. Consider upgrading your sofa, or suite, so that your property looks new instead of old and worn out – especially if you plan to buy a new suite for your new home. If your home is particularly valuable, spending several hundred pounds on a brand new carpet may be worth the potential uplift you can expect in your price. Neutral wall colours should also be considered, while overhead lighting should be avoided if possible: lamps can make a room cosy, while uplighting can make it appear dramatic.
Affordable tip: Buy some new cushions to make your suite seem more luxurious.
Kitchens are the most expensive room in your home to remodel, but they are also the second most important when trying to impress a buyer: it is no coincidence that many sellers improve their kitchens before moving home. Simple steps can involve dusting your ceiling fans and vacuuming all the corners, as well as wiping your surfaces, cabinets (inside and out) and – yes – make sure your dishwater has no dirty dishes hiding in there. Replacing doors or even door handles on your cupboards can also create a new feeling without having to shell out for new units.
Affordable tip: Organise everything in your cupboard alphabetically. This gives the impression of someone who has taken care of their home.
3. Master bedroom
Bedrooms are similar to living rooms: everyone wants to be able to feel comfortable and relaxed in them. Therefore, neutral colours are again the first thing to consider – make sure you dress the bed in linen that coordinates with the wall and also use matching curtains. Remove extraneou furniture from the room: if it’s not a bed, a cabinet, a wardrobe or a bedside cabinet, it’s only taking up floor space and making your room seem smaller.
Affordable tip: Place a lamp on the bedside table to add a sophisticated finish to the room.
4. Dining rooom
Dining rooms are tricky. After all, what can you do with a table and chairs? The answer is a surprising amount. Start by adding any light that you can – a mirror to reflect any daylight coming in from windows is an easy way to do this. Make sure the dining table is a clean, clutter-free centre piece for the room. However, don’t make it too big: remove the middle-section from the table, if possible, so that it requires fewer seats. Setting the table, though, can sometimes be a step too far.
Affordable tip:A vase with flowers, instead of full plate and cutlery service, is a quick way to bring colour and style to your dining table.
Paint, paint, paint. That is the first thing a bathroom needs: a fresh coat to give the room a clean, crisp look. Complement it with a new shower curtain and fresh towels, which, if possible, should be rolled and put on display to create a spa-like atmosphere. A simple piece of art can also add class to a usually un-classy affair.
Affordable tip: Close the toilet lid.
Not keen to stage your home room by room? At the very least, you should thoroughly clean the property and remove any clutter.
Photo: Kendyl Young
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