You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. So when you’re selling your home, it’s vital that you have it looking its absolute best.

Staging your property successfully can help your home appeal to a wider audience which can ultimately see your home sell faster and for a higher price. Whether you are planning to hire a pro or want to learn a few tricks of the trade, these ideas, as well as tips from Rebeka Raiwalui-Mason from home staging company In-House Style, will lend a helping hand to ensure your home is looking its finest.

Clear the Clutter
When you decide to sell your home, it presents a brilliant opportunity to have a thorough clean out. It’s important that your home is orderly, and there is no better way to achieve this than by clearing out the clutter.  A simple tidy up can make a remarkable difference because clutter can not only distract the eye and detract from your home’s major selling points, but it can also make a space look considerably smaller. Once the clutter is out of sight, it will be much easier to showcase certain aspects of your home. Rebeka suggests everything from water blasting the exterior to cleaning the oven, as prospective buyers are going to be looking at everything in detail. She also suggests hiring a professional cleaning service to minimise stress.

Neat and Neutral
You should aim to keep everything relatively neutral – this will broaden appeal with your audience and present somewhat of a blank canvas so prospective purchasers can visualise themselves in the home. A key to assisting in this process is by eliminating personal photos and replacing these with the likes of artwork or other decorator accents, such as a vase, a vessel or candle holder. Rebeka advises that you shouldn’t be afraid to temporarily remove dated, loud or busy window treatments. A room can instantly look more up to date, lighter and neutral just by taking down curtains that buyers may find distracting.

Simple Maintenance
Potential buyers are going to be your biggest critics and while you may have become accustomed to the dripping tap, it is something that will appear on their radar. Simple repairs include fixing creaky doors and filling in tiles where grout may be missing. Rebeka’s tip is that you shouldn’t forget the exterior of your property because this is the very first thing buyers will see. Walk around your property and make a list of any jobs that need completing. To give yourself more time and to reduce stress, she recommends hiring a gardener before the photos are taken and before the first open home.

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