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Home Staging Tips For Sellers

Posted by Susa Guhl on 19/02/2015
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The interior of one of my current listings, 13 Windsor Drive, Britannia Heights, Nelson.

The interior of one of my current listings, 13 Windsor Drive, Britannia Heights, Nelson.

In Nelson real estate, my vendors often ask me for tips on presenting their homes for sale.

If your property is going on the market, it’s important to make a good first impression. We want buyers to feel the ‘wow’ factor as soon as they step foot on your property.

Home staging doesn’t need to be expensive – there are some simple and affordable ways to transform your property from drab to fab!

Here are 5 effective home staging tips for your ‘hot property’:-

1. Curb appeal. 

Landscaping is nice, but not in everyone’s budget. Consider a hanging or potted plant for the entrance. Ensure your entrance is smart, tidy and clean. Scrub your front door, porch, outside railings and steps. This is cheaper than repainting but can make a big difference!

2. Consider where the eyes are drawn to.

Ask a friend or family member to walk through the house and see where their eyes are drawn. If they are going towards chipped paint, holes or ‘messy’ areas, invest some time in touching up these areas.

3. Let the light in.

Forget mood lighting – if you’re selling, keep the home bright! If walls are dark and sucking up the light, consider repainting. You can even buy a small can of a lighter shade of your wall colour, mix it with glaze and rub it onto the wall. It will reflect light and give the room a more open feeling.

4. Floral magic.

Flowers immediately freshen up a room, instantaneously lifting the mood. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have fresh flowers throughout your home. Even a lovely flower from the garden in a small vase can brighten up a bathroom counter. Ask your florist which flowers last the longest. You can also use potted flowering plants that are in season for a low-cost solution.

5. Clean, clean, clean!

Appliances should sparkle. Windows that have been cleaned let in more light and look newer. Dust shelves, mop/vacuum floors and ensure all beds are neatly made. Counter tops, baths, taps and sinks should be shiny and free from water spots.

What tips do you have for home staging when selling a property?

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