5 Tips for Dressing Your Home to Sell


Preparing your home to sell, known in the housing market as staging or dressing, is important because not only does it help your house to sell more quickly and easily but it also adds value. Moving home can be stressful. So whether you’re doing it for the first or fifteenth time, here are a few tricks of the trade that will help to give your home the wow-factor and won’t cost a fortune.

1.     Make an impression

Remember first impression really do matter. So tidy up the front garden – dig over the beds, sweep the drive, add a splash of colour with potted flowering plants. Check the front door is nicely painted and the door furniture is gleaming. And finally, the hall is the first area the buyer will see inside the house – use mirrors to create light and space, ensure the floor covering is clean and light some scented candles to make your home even more inviting.

2.     Define your rooms

If you are selling a three bedroom house the prospective buyer wants to see just that, not two bedrooms and a store room or an office. Remember more bedrooms add more value to your property. Make sure each room has a designated purpose as this is also more appealing to buyers.

3.     De-clutter and clean

A house full of clutter seems small and untidy. De-cluttering will help buyers to visualise how the house will look when they’ve moved in. So clear surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen, thin out the books on the shelves, empty surplus items from drawers and cupboards to ensure doors and drawers close properly and get rid of the boxes sitting on the floor. Once that is done then you can have a thorough clean.

4.     Neutral colours

Neutral colours generally make a room feel brighter and more spacious. If you have rooms that are painted dark or bold colours it may be worth considering colour washing those areas in a lighter, more neutral tones and adding splashes of colour with accessories and the right lighting.

5.     Do those DIY jobs

We can all be guilty of putting off doing those niggly DIY jobs but now is the time to get them done. Dripping taps, broken blinds, peeling paint and squeaky hinges are all off-putting to buyers but they can be fixed quickly and easily. So get to it now.

For more advice on preparing your home to sell, call your local Home Estate Agents office.

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