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When it comes to selling a residential property, staging is everything. Staging allows buyers to see more clearly how the house could work for them and how it could possibly suit their family’s needs. Remember, first impressions count, and if you can get the staging right, it’s sure to make a massive difference to the buyer’s market.

It doesn’t have to break the bank!

Staging doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune on all new furnishings; it could simply mean a few changes or the odd tweak here and there, basically to make the most out of what you’ve got. Suppose you have certain rooms that fit a purpose, such as a dining room, for instance. In that case, it should be staged back to its original form so that buyers can see the potential of the space and if you want to go one step further, you can even lay the table (for decor purposes, of course) as anything we can do to impress our buyers is a must.

Clean and fresh!

First things first, and before you start doing anything else, it’s a good idea to have a good sort out and clear out if you’ve hoarded stuff over the years. Buyers hate clutter, and not only that; it does nothing for the presentation of a home; it only makes it appear more cluttered and smaller, and the aim here is to make our homes look as spacious as possible. Decluttering is the perfect way to show off a house in its truest form, so make sure all the clutter is packed away so that the home is noticeable in every aspect. If you have too much stuff and have nowhere to put it, it may be worth hiring a temporary storage unit at least until after the sale so that you can work better with the space available and only keep items you need per room.

Clean like never before because buyers notice every detail when inspecting a prospect home to buy. Don’t think that they won’t notice the cobwebs, dust, or pet hairs as they surely will. A deep clean is the best method for houses up for sale. Include carpets and flooring, windows and sills, skirting boards, cookers, and cupboards-inside and out- as buyers never miss a trick and will most likely open up draws and cupboards to see the storage potential. Don’t allow buyers to be put off by smells, especially pet odours ensure everything is clean and smelling fresh.

Decor and de-personalise!

Buyers like to see how a house could work for them, suit their tastes, and decor is one of the most off-putting things for buyers, although it’s only cosmetic! So, if you have particular vibrant colours or wallpaper patterns, it may be good to freshen things up with something more neutral. Ok it may not be what you like, but we have to remember that when we are selling, we are staging for a potential buyer and our personal tastes have to be sacrificed temporarily in order to seal a deal.

Also, it’s a good idea to try and de-personalise the house, meaning we may have to take our family pictures and portraits down for the time being as well anything else such as gym equipment, hobby accessories, and toys, especially if stored in the living room.

Fix odd jobs!

Now’s the time to do those DIY repair jobs, which we may have been putting off for some time. Buyers notice everything, so if something’s broken – Fix it! Do not allow buyers to see a flaw and possibly use that to knock something off the price as it does happen, and it happens fairly often. Fix everything, those dodgy light bulbs, creaky doors, broken tiles, and torn carpets, etc. If you don’t fancy replacing whole slightly worn carpets, consider a professional clean or buy a new rug to freshen it up.

Finally, dress to impress, make beds, plump cushions, add fresh flowers, and make the home as welcoming as possible, and don’t forget the entrance- the first point of contact!

 

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    Lorraine Mulligan
    Director
    M.I.P.A.V. M.C.E.I. TRV
    REMAX Results
    Celbridge & Lucan

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