When you’re putting your house on the market, a great presentation is the key to boosting your home’s value. The question whether home-staging actually works is almost irrelevant these days, with cities like Sydney and Melbourne making professional home-staging an ingrained, non-negotiable part of the selling process.
Why should you stage your home?
When making a significant decision such as purchasing a house, people tend to think they are acting from a logical standpoint. Truth is, they often don’t. They buy emotionally, whether they like to admit it or not.
Staging helps buyers form that necessary emotional connection by helping them envision themselves living in the house and triggering the ‘this feels like home’ thought.
Not everyone can afford to hire a professional staging company, although sometimes getting a professional in can be an investment worth as much as a six-figure return! If you are not in the position to make this investment and want to DIY the process of preparing your home for sale, these are the seven steps we recommend following.
The last thing you want is potential buyers making a mental list of things they’ll need to fix if they purchase your house. But just before you become Mr or Mrs Fix-It-All, we recommend chatting to your Real Estate Agent first. They have a great deal of experience talking to prospective buyers to know what gets noticed and is therefore worth repairing.
A fresh coat of white paint is usually the first go-to for most people, especially if the walls are chipped, damaged, or covered with wallpaper. This is a relatively cheap and easy fix that will almost certainly pay for itself come auction or sale time.
If your budget doesn’t allow you to repaint, read our tips on how to style around colourful wallpaper.
The important thing is to do any renovations first, which sets the stage for the main show.