When you’re preparing your home for a sale, to try and fetch top dollar you will usually get maintenance jobs done that you have been putting off, or renovate areas that need to be freshened up. However, it’s important to also think about styling and staging your home so that it looks inviting, homely, calm, and as large as possible. There are some key points to keep in mind when you do this, so read on for tips you can follow today to help you achieve the highest price possible for your home.
Declutter and Clean the Whole House
The first step to take before you put your home on the market is to clear out the clutter and give the whole house a big spring clean. Work on not just the obviously visible parts of the property, but things such as garages, sheds and closets too, as you never know where people will look when they inspect a home. Sprucing things up in this way will help you to show the property in its best light possible, and make the house look much bigger at the same time. It is particularly important to leave plenty of space on the floors, so people can walk around easily.
Make sure you give yourself enough time before inspections start to go through and sell, recycle, donate or trash any broken, old or unnecessary items around the home. If you find that you have quite a collection of pieces that you really don’t want to part with, but that are taking up too much room in your home as you try to sell it, consider utilizing an off-site storage facility.
While it may feel like a lot of work to clear out clutter and get your house sparkling clean, putting in the time and effort can really pay dividends. When things are clean, they look more appealing; plus you’ll find that when you allow more spaciousness in each room, this gives potential buyers the true idea of the size of the home and makes it easier for them to see how they could set it up if they bought it.
Maximize the Look and Functionality of Each Space
Another good way to style your home for a sale is to set up each room in a way that showcases and maximizes its functionality and versatility. Give prospective purchasers ideas on how they could live in the space, and make it simple for them to see that it could perfectly suit their needs.
Always stick with neutral colors wherever possible around your home when it comes to flooring, wall colors, splashbacks, curtains and the like. You should try to keep your decor simple and understated too, so that each space appears bigger and people can imagine their own furnishing within the home.
Items such as glass or Perspex desks, coffee tables, and the like are helpful in smaller rooms in particular, because they’re transparent and seem to take up less space. Similarly, decorative items made out of Italian Match pewter or simple stainless steel or wood materials work well because they add a nice touch to a room without taking the attention away from the actual property.
It is wise to look for ways to show how rooms could be used for multiple purposes too, or how parts of the home that might initially be seen as “dead space” could be utilized efficiently. As an example, think about fitting in a streamlined desk in a nook of the house, to create extra office space; set up a bed or sofa in a loft to act as an additional sleeping zone; or put shelving, drawers, or closets under stairs to provide extra storage space.