Staging your property for listings, pictures and viewings can make all the difference when it comes to making a sale. In fact, research by Rightmove has found that staged homes sell for 8% more than non-staged ones.
Follow our budget home-staging ideas below and you won't have to shell out to rake in that extra value.
Creating a tidy, clutter-free environment is central to successful staging. The aim is to produce a space that suggests the lifestyle your home offers, rather than overwhelming buyers with the life you’ve built.
Tidy away knick-knacks, photos and certificates that take up shelf and wall space, and remove countertop clutter like magazines and post. In the kitchen, items like cereals and condiments should all be stored away. If you’re short of space, you can always ask friends or family to hang on to a few items for a while.
You’ve made room, but you need to think bigger. Clear out any furniture you plan to get rid of to maximise floor space, then rearrange your lighting.
Hang mirrors opposite windows in dark rooms and place table or standard lamps in corners to make sure even cosy spaces are well lit. Investing in some cheap lighting to put under kitchen cabinets will also help – DIY stores sell LED cabinet lights for under £10.
With clutter removed and furnishings shuffled, you’ll notice those spots you’ve neglected over the years. Take the time to thoroughly clean everything, including upholstery, walls, doors and windows.
This may sound like overkill, but 64% of buyers are put off by dirt, and you never know how high their standards will be. Plus, a clean property implies a good owner, and a well-maintained building.
Add a fresh flourish
With the foundations laid, it’s time for the real art: ensuring the décor is matching, fresh and contemporary. A coat of paint is a good idea in tired rooms, and the old ‘blank canvas’ idea usually makes sense. But you’ll need to add some personality to make the property stand out.
Experiment with a colour wheel to discover how adding a splash of colour can complement or contrast withyour décor effectively, then find small items to do the job. It could be as simple as fresh flowers from outside, a colourful fruit bowl centrepiece or an inspired new spot for a de-cluttered knick-knack. The idea is to find something that sets the room off, without dominating it.