Home staging is a professional and difficult thing to do which is why it is an industry in and of itself. When trying to sell a property it is necessary to hire one of these talented professionals who are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to what potential buyers want and expect when viewing a home.
However, in a cruel twist of fate, Covid-19 restrictions have had a huge impact on the staging industry, meaning that most sellers are limiting interactions with others and opting to go DIY for staging while at the same time the housing market is booming and professional stagers should be fully booked.
If you don’t want to hire a stager because of Covid concerns or you simply don’t want the extra expense, then there are some things you can do:
- Clean and declutter
- Remove personal items
- Redecorate accordingly
The first thing you should do is have a spring clean and remove any clutter so that the home looks tidy then remove as many personal items as possible before a viewing while you should redecorate with paint, wallpaper, and carpets in neutral tones wherever you can.
Streamline the Home
If you decide to show buyers or even photograph your home then remove as much clutter as possible and then clean the home as best you can. Agencies such as SRNRealEstatePros always advise decluttering. Clutter includes such things as toys, mobile phones and chargers, books, and any other kinds of items that don’t add to the aesthetic of a room.
Next, clean everywhere thoroughly. This doesn’t mean the essentials such as the oven, countertops, and the toilet, but skirting boards, behind radiators, and any solid flooring. Make sure you also dust and vacuum everywhere, including ceiling corners and walls where cobwebs like to gather.
Help Buyers Visualize
One of the best strategies when trying to sell a home is to help any buyers visualize themselves living in the property. This isn’t helped by seeing photos of yourself with a prized Marlon after a fishing trip or a drunken mass selfie at a wedding party. Try your best to remove any personal photos from all over the home. They can be put back up later on.
Personal items also extend to electronic items, drawings that are stuck to the refrigerator, and even bathroom items like razors and toothbrushes. When depersonalizing a room, try to keep in mind how it would look if it was the subject of a magazine image by a famous photographer; clean, clear, and with intent.
Spruce Up with Trending Style
Perhaps expensive but well worth it, redecorating can go a long way in helping to sell a home. Following a deep clean and declutter, redecorating specific rooms such as the hallways, lounge, and kitchen (the most viewed) will help a prospective family envision themselves in the home. Care should be taken to use only neutral colors when doing this and not personal preference.
A good tip is to check current neutral color trends since these tend to change on a regular basis but there are many wonderful decorating blogs that can help with decorating ideas. Removing old carpets and replacing them with wooden or laminate flooring is always a sale-boosting method since wood is clean, neutral and pretty much goes with any color.