Preparing your home for the market can be quite challenging. If you want your potential buyers to fall in love with your home, you need to objectively evaluate your house room by room and get rid of any potential turn-offs.
As professional Home-Stagers, the topic of ‘what goes and what stays’ is something we discuss with our clients at the time of the consultation. Having had several hundred of these conversations, we’ve identified seven of the most common items in your household that are better off put away, if you want to achieve the best possible result.
You may notice that all our tips have one thing in common: “Less is more.”
Before you put your property on the market, you need to remove:
Basically anything that could indicate a lack of storage.
According to a survey conducted by NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), an ample storage space was among the top 10 features on homebuyers’ criteria list (source).
When it comes to shelves, filing cabinets, chest of drawers – our advice is simple: Store it away.
Large furniture pieces take up too much space, which makes the room look optically smaller than it is. If you want to elevate your home’s perceived value, your focus should be on making the rooms look bigger and brighter.
Read “3 Home Staging Illusions” to find out how we maximise light and space in homes for sale.
For most properties, we choose slim-line furniture or in case of integrated staging (using some of the homeowner’s furniture), we pair it back and remove about 50% of what’s already in the room.
Another important factor to consider is creating a distinct walkway, which invites buyers to take a walk around, putting emphasis on all the extra space you have!