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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!

Home Staging for Selling

Spring will always be known as being the best time to sell your home; the days are sunnier, houses look brighter and gardens are coming into bloom. Not only is it the perfect time to showcase your home, but with a lack of major holidays to contend with, you could also attract a greater number of potential buyers!

At Style My Home, we offer a personal and bespoke Home Staging service, tailored to your needs and style, whether you’re staging for selling or renting, updating for a fresh new look or just looking for some final touches, to ensure that your home is presented at it’s very best. Our Home Staging for Selling service has been a huge success, not only by selling properties faster but also in many cases selling for a greater price, therefore not only covering your costs from staging, but surpassing them! Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and take a look at our top tips below:

1. First impressions are SO important – When it comes to selling your home, firstimpressions are always paramount; most buyers form an opinion of a house within seconds of walking through the door. Make sure that the first things they see are a de-weeded front garden with fresh flowers, trimmed bushes, a swept path and a freshly painted front door with a sparkling clean window

2. Make sure to de-clutter – Clutter makes rooms look disorganised and appear smaller than they really are, which is never good when you’re trying to showcase the best of your property to a potential buyer. Make sure you remove unnecessary coats or shoes from a hallway, as it is the first indoor space your potential buyer will be seeing. Take time to remove as much clutter as possible, or invest in clever and simple storage solutions

3. Clean, clean, clean – Like tidiness, cleanliness should never be underestimated. In high impact spaces, such as the kitchen and bathroom, ensure that all surfaces are cleaned and shiny, and don’t forget the floors, which instantly life the room when sparkling. Add fresh flowers for a natural, appealing scent, and try to maximise on natural light. Faux flowers can also be effective

4. Stay neutral – If you do decide to add a fresh new look to your property, stay neutral with your colour choices; try to avoid bright colours and bold patterns. It allows buyers to envisage the property as their own, with their own furniture and stamp on it, without being bombarded with your own style first

5. Finally fix it – Something broken that’s been playing on your mind for a while, like a broken tile, missing grout or dripping tap? Finally get it fixed before putting your house on the market – it will only send a wrong message to viewers and potential buyers

We understand that updating your home can seem like an unnecessary evil with our modern and very busy lives, but we can offer a detailed consultation and written report, with priorities and clear, practical advice, Alternatively we can arrange clutter busters, painters,carpet fitters, and rent furniture and accessories. We can manage the project from start to finish; ready for your Estate Agents’ photographs

No project is too big or too small! You can find our range of interior design services on our website, but we always tailor them to suit your needs and wishes – just get in contact to seehow we could help: www.stylemyhome.com or phone us on 01892 510070 Make sure to check out our Houzz page to see some of our recent home staging projects