Five ways to try 'home staging'

Posted: 14th Jan 2019

First impressions count - especially if you're thinking of putting your home on the market

This is where the process of home staging comes in. It's a technique that can really help you to secure a decent sale. But what does it involve? Well, Airtasker has compiled a list of handy tips that are sure to help you...

Home staging is essentially the art of organising and styling, making your interiors seem as appealing as possible to the highest number of buyers, so you can get the best price for it - in the quickest way possible.

This doesn't mean wholesale renovations - instead, it's all about a few simple changes. 

These tips explain exactly what you can do...

1. Repair and refresh

Sort out any niggling repairs that are on your to-do list. After all, buyers will expect your home to look lived in, but that doesn't mean it should appear worn out.

If your home is in better shape, less staging will be required. You may need to re-grout the bathroom, fix any leaks taps, replace broken fixtures and make sure any blown light bulbs are replaced.

2. Depersonalise and declutter

A potential buyer will want to be able to envisage themselves living there - therefore, make sure you limit the number of personal items you leave on display, as it can cloud their visions.

You can depersonalise your space by packing up as many items as you can.

Another thing to avoid will be clutter - it can make your interiors seem smaller and leave potential buyers concerned by a lack of storage space.

A simple policy to follow - if in doubt, leave it clean, simple and stylish. This applies to storage too. Having extra space to store items will be a godsend, but buyers will want to see this too. Avoid overloading it with your own clutter - instead, sort through it.

3. Open up the space

Declutter your home to uncover thow much room you're working with. However, if you have rooms that are a bit on the smaller side, you need to think a bit harder. The good news is there are some cost-effective and easy methods...

Firstly, why not try painting your walls white? It's an effortless way to brighten up any room, as white reflects all colours.

Another tip? Mirrors! They're among the simplest methods for opening up even the most cramped rooms. Usually, you can pick up framed mirrors of differing sizes from your local charity shop.

4. The little touches

You need to strike the right balance here. It's one thing to make your home seem to be like a blank canvas but you also don't want it to appear to be devoid of life. Why not liven up your interiors with some plants and flowers?

Even a bowl of fresh fruit can provide a homely vibe, along with an injection of colour and texture.

Lastly, make sure your home smells nice - if you get flowers, this can help.

5. Curb appeal

Don't forget to give your exteriors some TLC too.

Start by cleaning up any leaves, clutter or rubbish, and making sure your windows are sparkling clean.

Other points to consider include making your greenery is in good condition, and if it needs it, consider giving your front door a lick of paint too.

Lastly, work on the virtual appeal. Potential buyers will most likely find your property through an online listing. Therefore, find a professional photographer who can help you to make your home look its best.