Most of us know that first impressions count in many situations, and it is true when it comes to finding a buyer and selling your home quickly, for the right price.
Professional firms are regularly handling property sales for their clients and if you want to successfully sell your home and move on up the property ladder, presenting it in the best possible light, is an excellent strategy.
Buying into their dream
There are a number of things that might send the right signals to a buyer that found the house they want, but with most of us, it is a case of buying into a dream, and if your home offers them the chance to realize this dream, they are going to do all they can to buy it.
First impressions count for a lot when it comes to selling your home and this is why using some home staging tactics can pay dividends as it allows prospective purchasers to visualize a lifestyle that they might be trying to buy into.
Home staging gives you a competitive advantage and whether it is used to accentuate how much space you have, or to highlight some period features, it is going to greatly improve your odds of finding a willing buyer.
Clear the clutter
If there are two things in particular that you should consider doing when preparing your home for sale, it is to clear the clutter and depersonalize it as best you can, so that the buyer is presented with the chance to see how they might live there, not how you live there.
If you have too much furniture around in each room and lots of personal mementos, it can often feel like you are intruding on someone’s personal space when you go around on a viewing.
Work on going around each room with a home staging consultant or if you have an eye for these things, do it yourself but with an honest appraisal in mind, so that you can see your space how others might see it, and then think about how they might want to see that space.
Nothing wrong with having a liking for bold and vibrant color schemes, but this is a personal choice and as you are trying to offer buyers a blank canvas where they can apply their own style and ideas to your home, it is better to neutralize your choice of decoration.
Calming and neutral colors are always going to work well, as they create an inviting and relaxed atmosphere and feel, so try to achieve this look and make some changes where necessary, despite the fact that it might not be your first choice if you were staying.
Tips for staging
Think about using furniture which is not too tall or dominating and don’t miss the trick with fresh flowers either.
It might be a cliche with the aroma of coffee and fresh flowers around the house, but it does actually work.
Think about your target market and try to tailor your home to meet their expectations, such as dressing up all the bedrooms, if you are trying to attract a buyer with a growing family, who will want to see a kid’s room and not a storage space.
First impressions count, so work on getting it right with some creative home staging.
About the author: Maddison Talbot has worked in real estate for many years and has most recently become a real estate consultant. You can read her articles on personal finance and property focused blogs where she shares her knowledge.