Why you should care

If you're planning on putting your home up for sale this year, then it's important to consider how you can get your preferred asking price as quickly as possible.

Working with an interior design expert allows you to demonstrate the potential of your home when it looks its best. Staging helps you to set yourself up for success by adding as much beauty to your home as possible. Here are just a few tips you should keep in mind before you call your real estate agent and launch your next open house.

1.    Get Your Home Sparkling Clean 

The first thing you need to do when staging a home is to make sure that every room is as clean and organized as possible. Whether it's clearing away the clutter in your home office, or scrubbing the windows until they sparkle, it's important to make sure that your property looks lived-in, but not necessarily dirty.

The idea is to convince your buyers to imagine themselves within your property, without allowing them to see all the dirt and grime that comes with life.

2.    Choose the Right Colours

Some sellers will make the careful decision to re-paint their house before they put it on the market. If you do this, it's best to speak to an interior design expert about the colour that are most likely to inspire a sale. Most will recommend neutral colour for most of the rooms, but you might be able to add a splash of colour here and there to help draw the eye.

3.    Use Extra Rooms Carefully

If you have a spare room in your property that you're using for storage purposes right now, it's important to move the boxes somewhere else and think about how you can spruce up the space. Fill the room with a bed that you borrow from your friend, a sofa, and even a few great gadgets to give your buyers an idea of what they can accomplish with their new property.

Making a real space out of a potential "junk room" could be the thing that helps you to officially sell your property.

4.    Be Cautious with Personal Touches

Home staging can be a complicated process. You need to make sure that the property is clean and inspirational, but you also want to give your viewers a "lived in" vibe that helps them to imagine what their life could be like living in your house.

When choosing the personal touches you want to add to the room, think about sticking to a beautiful brand-new bathrobe that you can hang on a hook in the bathroom or a new bar of soap you can place near to the sink.

5.    Guide Viewers Around the Home

Finally, during your open house, you'll want to make sure that your viewers take the time to see everything your property has to offer. Consider placing something to draw the eye at the top of the stairs or at the end of a corridor to get them moving around the home. A piece of art or a vase of flowers can pique the curiosity of buyers and make sure that they give your home the attention it deserves.

Why you should care

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