Staging your house for sale

Top Tips When Staging Your Home To Sell

If you are considering putting your house up for sale but are unsure where to start, there are methods you can follow when staging your home to sell to help ensure it is market ready.  Not just for new build show homes, staging your home and setting the scene can arouse immediate buyer interest in your property when it comes to market.

To be truly effective, you’ll need to look at staging both the inside and outside of your home, so here at Property Webb, we have put together our seven top tips to get you started and on the road to staging your home like a pro.

Declutter

This is one of the most necessary things you can do. You’ll be moving home anyway and have to pack, so it makes perfect sense and is a straightforward job to declutter and start packing simultaneously. Pack up everything you don’t need and store the boxes out of sight in the garage if you have one, or consider temporarily renting a small storage unit. Keeping the look minimal can help sell your home.

Organise

Whilst we don’t like to think of strangers opening our cupboards, the reality is that they probably will. So if you have built-in wardrobes, hang similar colours and garments together because this will make the cupboards look bigger. An organised space always appears more extensive, and you want your cupboards to look as tidy and spacious as possible.

De-personalise

You should de-personalise your home as much as possible when preparing to put it on the market. This is so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their belongings occupying the space. This means minimising and putting away everything you don’t need or currently use. For example, clear kitchen worktops as much as possible, stash away all those gadgets and appliances and put miscellaneous small clutter in a few attractive baskets or boxes out of sight.

Look from the outside

Stand on the street outside your property to see the view your prospective buyers will get as they approach your property in West Lothian. Be aware of any unfavourable impressions they may bring, such as overgrown borders, peeling paint, broken windows, etc. A poorly maintained exterior will make a prospective buyer think the house has not been taken care of well. Even if you have spent the time and money to ensure the interior is fantastic, it will be wasted if the prospect gets the wrong first impression as they approach your property.

What do you REALLY see?

Step outside your front door and close it; then stand on your step and look around for a couple of minutes. This might appear strange, but it mimics the likelihood of your estate agent fumbling around for keys before finally opening the door!

You will see precisely what your potential buyers will see during this time. So, what is it? Cobwebs on the door frame? Dead plants? A broken lightbulb on the porch? A less than shiny letterbox? First impressions count, so it’s worth taking some time to clean up. If you want to go further, consider painting the front door or adding new accessories.

Don’t forget the back garden

A tidy and inviting back garden is just as important as your front garden, so don’t neglect it. Whilst it might not be part of the potential buyers’ first impression experience, you should ensure it is in the best condition possible. Pull up the weeds, water the plants, do some sweeping and maybe even purchase new furniture or accessories such as plant pots or birdhouses. This all adds to the vision of ‘living the dream’ your potential buyer wants.

The biggest tip of all

Imagine yourself as a potential buyer looking at your property for the first time. See it through their eyes and ask yourself:

  • What impression does the house give you?
  • How is its curb appeal?
  • Would YOU buy your home?
  • What would you like to see that’s different before you put an offer on your home?

Finally, to stage a home will cost money, but you’ll get that back, and often more when your property sells. So proper staging will help you sell your house in a shorter time and, importantly, at the price you want.

For expert advice on showing your home in West Lothian to its full potential, contact the team at Property Webb on 01506 637553 today.

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