Steal some showroom style to sell your home

To ensure your home stands out in a competitive market why not take some advice from the experts and utilize the skill of Home staging ..

Contrary to what many may think, home staging is all creating illusions, it’s more than decorating and cleaning, it’s about perfecting the art of creating moods, making your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all it makes home buyers want to buy it.

Here we reveal the 12 top tips to help sell your home faster:

1. First and foremost – Get your house sparkling clean.

From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest way to help your home put its best foot forward. What-ever you do don’t skimp – this step is key!

2. Use colour cleverly.

Choose sophisticated neutral colours. Now is not the time to experiment with that “fun”-looking lime green. But that doesn’t mean you need to go all white, either. Rich mid-tone neutrals like mocha and “greige” create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together. Think Kelly Hoppen inspired interiors and you won’t be far wrong!

3. Add the right lighting.

Lighting creates mood, so keep it light and bright in practical areas like your kitchen, whilst table lamps will add atmosphere and ambiance to your living room and bedrooms.

4. Define each room.

Your buyers need to know how they would use each room, if you have been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to clean up your act. Each room should have a clearly defined purpose, so think about what potential buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids’ room? Whether you buy inexpensive furnishings, rent them, or borrow some from friends, making a real room out of a junk room will have a big payoff.

5. Make rooms feel as spacious as possible.

Mirrors and shiny surfaces help to bounce light around spaces, making them feel bigger. Try adding over-sized mirrors to otherwise dim corners to really open them up. Remember, space adds value!

6. De-clutter.

A potential homebuyer needs to picture themselves in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures hurts the illusion. Take the collectibles off the mantel and put the pet paraphernalia and children’s toys into storage.

7. Swap personal photos for stylish artwork.

Nice pictures for your walls don’t have to be expensive; there are plenty of high street shops selling affordable wall art, and these will give your walls a real lift. Choose art that won’t offend (no nudes!) and try to pick out colours from your existing décor to add a sense of balance and harmony.

8. Give dated bathrooms a facelift

A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Bring an out-of-date bath up to date with gleaming white walls whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting. Replace bathroom accessories with well-designed ones from a designer bath boutique.

You can get matched ensembles that include toilet tissue holder, wastebasket, trays, etc. Aim for the hotel chic look: Crisp white towels neatly stacked in a towel holder, small trays on the vanity holding attractive toiletries or soaps (wrapped or unused) and scented candles.

9. Invest in new bedding.

Cheap or old bedding can really devalue bedrooms, and make them feel dated. For a relatively small spend, you can transform your bedrooms with new bed sets and matching curtains chose neutral colours as this will again create space and light

10. The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior.

This means neatly trimmed bushes, mulched flowerbeds and fresh seasonal arrangements in urns by the front door. Think “tidy,” “update” and “refresh”: never do anything costly or major like adding a swimming pool or pond, which may put off potential buyers.

11. A great smell makes a house memorable.

Baking bread or brewing coffee have become a bit of a cliché, instead buy a room spray with a fragrance you love and spray the house sparingly before each showing. Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details. Then, just stand back and let your house shine and it is sure to impress potential homebuyers.

12. Create a lifestyle people are looking for.

Generally speaking, you want to play up what your neighbourhood or area is known for. Have a house in a quiet, grassy suburb? Hanging a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch.

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