You only get one chance to make a first impression when selling your home or investment property, and only one chance to maximise your sale price.
Having worked in the real estate industry for almost 20 years, I know a think or two about styling houses for sale. Above are some photos of properties I've sold in various price brackets that the owners & I have spent time syling or had professionally styled. When presenting your property you should focus on making it feel light and bright, welcoming and depersonalise it somewhat so that a potential buyer can envisage themselves living their not you. Some of the basics which you should follow are:
- Ensure the property is scrubbed clean from top to toe inside and out
- Put vanilla candles in the home to make sure any pet smells or cooking smells are overcome (make sure house smells good when people walk in, every house has a “smell”)
- Ensure gardens are tidy and grass is kept mow
- Touch up paint where necessary or paint walls if badly scuffed
- Ideally paintwork should be fairly neutral
- Declutter the house – you have to pack anyway, pack your nick nacks away before the home goes on the market
- “Dress” your property for sale! If necessary you can hire furniture, bedlinen, paintings & feature pieces so it looks “amazing” and creates a WOW factor when people walk in (& when it’s photographed).
- Cushions and throw rugs can really make a big difference to a bedroom or lounge. These are relatively inexpensive to buy and you can take them to your new place. We have a whole Blog on choosing Cushions – so maybe have a read of this if you’re not sure. We have a huge selection of cushions and throw rugs – all of which you can mix and match to create different looks and feels.
- Remove family photographs – you want buyers imagining their family living in the home, not yours. Photo’s can be very distracting.
- Never sell a property vacant – always furnish it! You will ad $10,000 plus to your sale price in my experience & it will sell a lot quicker too.
Think about this….. What’s more important? Spending less now, or having more in your pocket once the property is sold? I know what I’d want! So, put in some work and thought to how you present your property and reap the rewards! Happy Selling! Tamara