Selling a home can be an emotional and time-consuming thing, but that shouldn’t take the fun out of the entire process.

Home staging is something which is becoming a more popular part of the home selling procedure and can make a tremendous difference both in terms of speed of sale and profit you can make from the sale of your home.

It’s amazing to think that buyers form an opinion in your home in around 10 seconds of walking in the door, so with that context in mind it’s crucial to make the best first impression.

When buyers view your property, they often try to envision themselves living in the home.

So, below, we’ve produced a few interior tips to get house hunters to think of your space as their own and see the grand potential.

Focus on making a great first impression

A great home staging begins with the first impression. When you are attempting to do a staging project, it is always best to work in a space that is not too cluttered.

If you notice that you may have too many furniture pieces, then it might be a good idea to remove some of them in order for the area to feel less cramped.

Instead, you can select pieces of furniture that will make the space as open as possible. Good staging will mean the prospective buyer really feels an attachment to the room or house, from the moment they stroll through the door.

You can also make a solid first impression by baking something delicious which will fill the house with an amazing freshly baked aroma.

Avoid putting flashy pieces upfront since you don’t want to portray your home as a model house which is lifeless, but instead an inviting, cosy home.

Declutter to create a clear space

Buyers will appreciate a home that has been decluttered and offers something of a blank canvas, while also remaining fully of character and heart. Clear out any framed personal photographs, photo albums, trophies, and prizes along with kitchenware and equipment. You can also remove seldom used appliances that might be taking up unnecessary space.

The most important thing you can do to showcase your home at it’s best is to declutter, as many people simply cannot see past someone else’s possessions. It is vital for the sale of your home that the potential buyer can envision themselves in your house, which is made more difficult if your surfaces are full of family photos and mementos.

One or two carefully chosen pictures and ornaments are great – you also don’t want it to look stark, of course. Cast your eye around and check that your spaces and surfaces are clear and if not, pack any non-essential goods you can live without until you move into your new home. Not only will this aid in staging, but it will also kick-start the packing process.

Decorate with taste and neutrality

Each homeowner will have their own style; but when you’re trying to make the best possible impression when it comes to your interior design then opting to enhance natural light will be the way to go.

You can execute this by changing up your colour scheme.

Light, neutral colours such as white, beige and stone will reflect any light back, thus helping to illuminate your spaces, and additionally, by sticking with these neutral but tasteful colour schemes, you can create the illusion of an even larger space.

If you’re worried about a room looking too plain with neutral colours, try adding a few colourful accents, which will give the scheme some depth. If you’re replacing the floors, then it would be recommended that you switch to light wooden flooring or a pale carpet colour to allow the natural light to bounce off.

Spot lucrative changes you can make

If you catch yourself thinking your home may need an overhaul to take maximum advantage of the staging process, you will want to think about the decisions that are most lucrative and will get you the highest possible return on investment for the property.

Nothing sells better than a well-maintained home and every detail makes a difference. Call in a professional to patch up holes in the walls, repair cracks, treat the decking and make your garden look its best. The exterior of your home – important for great kerb appeal – must also be given attention.

Fixing damage can also mean small subtle jobs, such as staining a lacklustre wood floor, replacing damaged window treatments, or swapping old cabinet handles for trendy models. After living there for a while, you probably don’t notice the flaws anymore, which is why it’s important to be meticulous and not forget any area.

Make your home turnkey!

It can be off-putting for visitors to discover rooms that need some work to be complete. A bedroom without curtains, for example, or a kitchen without a backsplash could be elements that need some attention prior to putting your home up for sale.

Home staging is primarily a tool to assist homeowners maximise their chances of selling quickly and at a good price.

Those who wish to renovate wisely will reap the benefits from the changes made to the interiors ahead of the selling process.

If you’d still like some more guidance, here at Key Property Consultants, our team of experts can help you to stage your home in the right way to improve its chances of selling – and selling quickly. We operate in South East London and Kent, with offices in Penge and Welling.

You can contact us today to find out more. If you would like an idea of what your home could be worth on the current market, why not check out our free and instant online valuation tool.

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