Realtor Series: All about home staging

For the last couple of weeks in our Andersens Realtor Series, we have discussed how to get your home ready for sale. This week expect no less, as we are uncovering and sharing some great tips on home staging techniques.

Home staging is about creating moods and illusions. Try and think beyond cleaning and decorating and start thinking in terms of emotional intelligence and creating the right “mood” to draw in a sale.  Staging not only makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner and warmer but it also creates an atmosphere to help encourage prospects to buy your home. It’s about adding the small details, to make your home stand above the rest.

So while a lot of people would turn to a professional home stager to create this most perfect air or atmosphere, we are going to share our own tips for home staging room by room.

Living Room

  • Add unique elements to an shelving, bookcases or fireplaces
  • Use bright colors for accents such as pillows, throws and flowers
  • Try and allow as much natural light into the room as possible

Bedroom

  • Making the bed might be an obviously choice, but see if you can bring some neutral solid unisex colours to the room to broaden your appeal
  • Add accessories such as flowers, throw pillows and rugs

Bathroom

Bathrooms should look open, airy and inviting. Why not try dressing the room with the following:

  • Towels, tied with ribbons
  • Scented soaps
  • Moisturising & Facial jars
  • Indoor plants

Kitchen

You want to draw the buyer in by placing colourful props around your kitchen. Also try to ensure you clean up after yourself to avoid bad smells and mess.

  • Put out large bowls of fruit such as polished apples, bright oranges, luscious grapes
  • Arrange colorful and fun cookbooks on the counters
  • Polish any wood or stainless steel finishes
  • Do a general tidy up of appliances to avoid the kitchen looking and feeling cluttered

Outdoors

  • Add greenery, plants and pottered flowers if not already
  • Try and add in additional colour wherever possible
  • Any outdoor furniture should be spaced generously

So what are some other good and affordable elements you can add when staging your home?

  • Mirrors
  • Plants
  • Silk Flowers
  • Floor & Table Lamps
  • Throw Rugs
  • Ottomans
  • Pillows
  • Baskets

This now brings us to the end of today’s post. We hope this has been a positive article and some help to you when it comes time to staging your home for sale.  For any additional help when it comes to floor coverings, blinds and rugs please visit our website at www.andersens.com.au.

Realtor Series: Getting your house ready for sale (Part 3)

For the last couple of weeks we have been sharing our tips on how to get your home ready for sale. This week however brings this to a close as we reveal our 3 final steps.

Starting with step eight and it’s time to get the house sparkling clean! We have come up with a small checklist to help you on your way:

  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Wash windows both inside and outside.
  • Re-caulking showers and sinks.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Polish any chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Try to vacuum daily.
  • Wax those floors.
  • Dust any wooden furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach basins where needed.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are an instant turn-off.

Step nine – check your curb appeal. Not only is it important to have the inside looking great, but you want to ensure potential buyers are attracted to the outside too. This doesn’t mean you need to spend lots of money fixing it up, it just means you should do a few simple things to help freshen up the “first impression” of your home, so to speak.

  1. Mow the lawn (if you have one).
  2. Paint an faded down window trim.
  3. If you have a garden, why not plant some new flowers?
  4. Make sure your house number is clearly visible to see.
  5. Ensure there is no clutter for potential buyers to trip on.

Honestly, it’s about using your own discretion here. Take a walk outside and have a look. If you can see areas that need improvement why not hop to it, and ensure a potential buyer is more likely to match your asking price.

Step ten scrutinise and disassociate. You’ve cleaned up the place and left it sparkling.. you have scrutinised and seen that all the tasks to making the home pop have now been finished.  Now it’s time to really sit back and disassociate yourself from it. With all the extra attention it’s had lately, it might be looking the best it has in years.. and you are wondering was selling this place the really best choice? If you find yourself in this situation it’s best to make the emotional step of “letting go” by focusing on the fact this house will no longer be yours. Go through and say goodbye to every room. Picture yourself handing over the keys and in turn handed the cheque that will mean a new start for yourself as well. Pat yourself on the back, and know you’ve done a good job and a service to your home by making it look the best it possible can under your direction, and now after all of this, are you ready to sell your home.

Thank you for joining us for part 3 of this series. If you need any help in home furnishings, be it carpets, flooring or blinds please pop in to your nearest Andersens store where a friendly sales member will be able to help you out.