Home Staging 101

Home Staging 101

It goes without saying that home staging has become an important part of the home buying and selling process. In fact, 82 percent of buyer's agents reported that home staging helped their clients visualize the property as their future home.

When selling a home, the main goal is to get the highest possible bid, and home staging assists sellers in obtaining those high bids. Homes that have been staged typically sell for 20% more than those that have not been staged.

From the furniture, overall design, the decor, the interior; anything you can do to present your home in a way that makes potential buyers envision themselves in the space is ideal.

So what are the things to remember when staging your home? Check out our list.

  • Don’t style based on trends
  • Declutter
  • Optimise spaces
  • Create a welcoming entryway
  • Put “soul” in the house and make an emotional connection
  • Address repairs and maintenance
Don't style based on trends

Don’t style based on trends

Usually, we go online and find ourselves immersed in the latest trends in about almost anything. Home staging is not an exception. Experts and even newbies in the space offer suggestions as to what they feel are the ideal ways to stage our homes.

However, for a real estate property, it has to look neutral and timeless. Home buyers have different tastes when it comes to how their homes would feel. There are minimalists and then there are the ones who love texture and patterns. There are those who prefer monochromatic colours and then there are those who would want to go crazy with colours. There are those who enjoy traditional design and then there are those who prefer to add a sense of quirk and character into their homes.

To accommodate for these kinds of people, provide a neutral space that will make them imagine themselves in it. Add just enough furniture and decor to help them see it for its potential as a space in their lives rather than influence their choice of design and decor.

Declutter

Declutter!

Nothing beats old deep cleaning when it comes to staging your home. Reach for those nooks and crannies that you don’t normally clean on a regular day. Everything should be spotless because you never know when a potential buyer is very strict about the upkeep of the property.

One of the things that is guaranteed to turn buyers away from your property is a cluttered and messy home. Some would say clutter add character; for properties that are for sale, it is essential to have it clean and clear from knick knacks.

Optimise spaces

Optimise spaces

Staging your home also provides spatial context as to how they would use the space. If your home has an unused spare room, consider staging it to demonstrate to buyers that it is functional. When viewing an empty home or room that appears to need renovations, buyers may feel intimidated.

Welcoming entryway

Welcoming entryway

We don’t just mean the door; you also have to highlight the exterior of the house. Dress up the exteriors, trim the hedges, add garden or lawn furniture that you can rent out from stores.

Make an impression the moment they enter your home. Put some welcome drinks, decorate it with simple but powerful art, put fresh flowers or activate an air humidifier with a touch of essential oil to make the house smell fresh.

Put soul in the house and make an emotional connection

Put “soul” in the house and make an emotional connection

Go for warmth. Use the space to connect immediately to prospective buyers. It takes more than furniture and decor to give a space that feeling of warmth. Make it inviting and comfortable so that whoever views the space would immediately feel at ease and would be able to see themselves in it.

Repairs and maintenance

Repairs and maintenance

If you have long-overdue repairs and maintenance jobs that you have been putting off, now is the time to have it done before you start staging your home and preparing it for viewing of potential buyers.

Even if it’s something as small as a broken drawer handle or a huge task like a much needed paint job, make sure that you get to it and finish it before you begin home staging.

Now that you have an idea of how you can stage your house, it’s time to get to work.

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