To hire an Interior Designer or Home Stager is a very effective way to get the best price for your home when it goes on the market. Unfortunately, a lot of sellers don’t realise the value in hiring expert advice. Here are a few of my best tips on how to utilise the items you already have, to make the most of the big day.
TIP 1 – CREATE CURB APPEAL
No matter how much money you spend on the inside of your home before putting it on the market, most potential home buyers will drive past the “For Sale” sign if the house looks worn and the garden a mess. Your house will be judged before anyone has even entered it, so spend some time fixing the gutters, cleaning the dusty garage doors, weeding the garden, replacing a worn entrance mat and planting a few pots of colourful flowers for instant curb appeal.
TIP 2 – DON’T FORGET THE BACK
The back of the house is just as important as the front. Potential buyers like to see that they’ll have a space to entertain outdoors in Summer. Make use of garden furniture in a dedicated area, use pots of colour to make it look warm and inviting and mow the lawn. If you don’t have a garden, place hanging pot plants on the balcony or pots of herbs or colourful flowers on inspection days.
TIP 3 – DECLUTTER TO CREATE SPACE
A potential buyer wants to see that there will be enough space in the house for all their stuff that they are bringing. Storage is one of their main concerns, so when the buyer comes for a snoop, make sure you’ve taken half of your things out of the cupboards, so that it looks as if you have plenty of storage space! Arrange the rest neatly, leaving a few shelves empty. Put away personal bathroom items, papers, your dusty ceramic doll collection and framed rugby jerseys, so that the buyer can visualise themselves, and not you, in their new home.
TIP 4 – LET THERE BE LIGHT
Make sure your home is filled with natural light by taking down the curtains and cleaning the windows, removing large pieces of furniture blocking the windows and trimming the shrubs outside. If natural light is a problem, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, change the lampshades and make sure to turn on everything when your home is open for inspection.
TIP 5 – TRY STICKING TO NEUTRALS
Potential buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home. Don’t disturb those wandering thoughts by leaving your brightly patterned couches, cushions and family photographs adorning the walls. Remove printed tablecloths and bold colours and paint the walls white or a soft neutral colour.
TIP 6 – FIX IT, CLEAN IT, OR LOSE IT
Seems to be a very obvious tip, but you’ll be amazed at how many people ignore this one! Make sure you fix your doorbell, the broken gate, loose floorboards, dripping taps and torn fly screens. Clean the grout in the bathroom and remove the weeds in the driveway. Your potential buyer might walk away if he has to worry about extra costly repairs when buying a house.
Hope that helped! If you live in Sydney, remember, we can help you! We don’t supply you with rented furniture, but we will spend three or four hours in your home and we use our magic to give you advice on how to rearrange your furniture and declutter so that your home looks perfect for open day.
Cheerio ’til next time!