Home Staging – Creating An Illusion To Sell Your Property

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Rightmove, the UK’s largest property portal reports that a staged home will secure more viewings and on average sell for 8% more than a non-staged home. That should get you thinking and the mathematics are simple as staging a £500,000 house could bring you an extra £40,000. So, if you are looking to sell your home, it really makes sense to think about staging for your property. The majority of people aren’t looking for a ‘house’, they are looking for a ‘home’. It has been a long time since people gathered property details from the estate agents, as today they look online first. It’s therefore essential that your house is presented well and the photographs immediately grab people’s attention and make it stand out from the rest.

Staging Statistics For Selling A Property

  • In 2018, 95% of estate agents agreed staging results in faster sales
  • 100% of estate agents agreed staging increases the property price
  • 44% said that properties had increased above their value by 10% after using a home stager

Staging Enables People To Imagine Themselves Living In A Property

 You want to sell your property and so it may be tough getting your head around spending money on a property you are ultimately going to leave. Many people are unable to see a property’s potential when they view it and that’s where a staged home leaves nothing to the viewer’s imagination. They can see immediately how it will look with their things in it and they can visualise the space better. People will be able to imagine and envision themselves living there and the lifestyle that will go with it.

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What Is Staging?

Staging is all about getting the house ready to sell with a emphasis on the appearance so that it is immediately welcoming to potential buyers. A professional stager will use accessories, including pictures, lights, rugs and cushions so that the property is presented at its best.

Staging is about rethinking rooms and looking at them with a fresh eye and creating stylish spaces that will appeal to as many people as possible. A key element is helping to distract the viewer from negative issues that cannot be changed including main roads, small gardens, lack of light etc. If a house is empty, it is really difficult to create a warm welcoming feel; furnishing will just create a space people can imagine living in.

Staging Options

  • Declutter
  • Depersonalise
  • Regroup and arrange furniture
  • Use lighting
  • Decorate in neutral tones
  • Accessorise and hang pictures
  • Finish all projects

Why Choose a Professional Home Stager?

If you have now decided that your house needs staging, the next step is engage a professional home stager.

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  • Impartial opinions
  • Qualified in all areas that require attention
  • Can highlight the positives and deflect from the negatives
  • Have experience and expertise
  • Have an inventory of furniture
  • Have connections
  • Can get trade discounts

Conclusion

The current state of the housing market dictates that staging isn’t something that should be thought of as a nice thing to do but an essential thing to do. Statistics prove that staged homes not only sell more quickly, but achieve higher prices than non-staged homes.

Staging is all about presenting your most valuable asset into something that is worth it. So why wouldn’t you try to present it at its best to gain the best price you can? You wouldn’t sell a car full of junk and that hadn’t been cleaned if you wanted to achieve the best price possible, would you?

What To Do Next

Style My Home has a great range of accessories to use in a dull dark environment or to simply to throw life back into a tired sitting room. By renting furniture and accessories, you are not investing in things you may not want when you move. Style My Home will visit you at your property and offers a free initial meeting to discuss your options, subject to distance. Call Caroline at Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com

That ‘Sold’ sign could be outside your house sooner than you think!