If you’re selling your home, you might be seriously considering whether it’s better to present the house empty, or even to try a do-it-yourself home staging. If you are considering either of these, stop right there. You could be selling your home and yourself short if you don’t also look into property styling services for advice and home staging to sell your house.
If your budget is tight, you can always do one or two of the most important rooms, but a full staging of your home can be the difference between a quick sale at a top price and your property lingering in limbo for months on end.
Why Not Sell the House Empty?
You might think it’s a good idea to store all your furniture and scrub the house from top to bottom, leaving a clean slate for potential buyers to imagine what it would be like with their belongings inside.
The problem with this option is that many buyers find staring at blank walls, no matter what fabulous colour they’ve been carefully painted, is not inspiring at all. Empty rooms feel barren and cold; they’re just rooms. They also appear smaller with no furnishings. The fact is, most homes sell faster if they’re beautifully furnished, allowing viewers to picture themselves living in the house with all their own belongings in place. If buyers can’t imagine themselves living in it, they are less likely to make an offer on your house.
Staging the Living Room Pays
Home staging can make all the difference between a sold sign on the billboard outside your home and a listing that will linger on the market for months on end. It’s been proven time and again that home styling or staging can bring a much higher price for a property.
Styling a living room, for instance, can elicit emotions and cause potential buyers to fall madly in love with a home. Most people buy from the heart, rather than the head, and home staging done with care will take full advantage of the good points and blur the ordinary or less than ideal aspects.
What Can a Home Stager Do to Help Sell My House?
Depending on the style of your property, your home stager can empty your home or certain rooms and replace your furniture and decor with items from their warehouse. If you have antiques, the stager can make the most of them by arranging them differently and adding some other objets d’art.
A stylist might place a mirror over an exquisite fireplace with candles on the shelf to bring attention to the luxurious Calacatta marble, for example. This makes the fireplace the room’s point of focus. Even in a budget-conscious household, a stager can add a sumptuous rug beneath a coffee table to add warmth to the space and bring nature into the room by adding indoor plants. A room can be brought to life by adding subtle splashes of colour with bright cushions and throws plus a tasteful vase of flowers placed in an appropriate area.
What if I Can Only Afford to Have My Living Room Staged?
The living room is the second most loved space in most households bar the kitchen, so it’s a vital room in which to allow a stager to create a masterpiece that will help maximise your sale price. A home stylist or stager can replace your furniture and remove anything that personalises your home, such as family photographs, and do small but important things like arranging decorative objects in threes, fives or sevens, i.e. odd numbered groupings.
It makes a subtle difference to also arrange furniture to create conversation spaces. Using small chairs or sofas can make a room seem larger, and artfully placing mirrors can add dimension and depth. A stager from a reputable company such as Urban Chic knows how to let in the light by not blocking windows, and for dark corners, a designer lamp will illuminate the area.
Urban Chic Property Styling has developed over the past eight years to become one of the largest and by far the most positively reviewed home staging companies in Sydney. Our incredible property styling services team of skilled and talented real estate staging professionals strives to provide the highest standard in furniture hire and home staging Sydney-wide. If you’re looking for the very best in property staging call your local Urban Chic stylist today on (02) 8959 7789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.