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How to stage your home to seal the deal

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Selling your home? Here are our tips for staging your house to appeal to homebuyers.

Staging isn’t about making a home cosy – it’s all about decluttering, brightening and making rooms look larger. Remember that for most home buyers, online photos of the property will form their first impression of the house and could make or break whether they even bother with an inspection. So, it’s worth putting your best foot forward from the get-go. 

1. Create the illusion of more space

Your goal here is to declutter to give the illusion of more space.

Create space when you stage your house for sale

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The good news is that you don’t have to worry about liveability and can focus on style. Mix up the layout of your furniture to make the room look bigger and get rid of anything unnecessary, including big TV sets. Ensure that there are no furniture items in walkways or bulky items to bump into. This could mean scaling down your furniture and getting an external storage solution. 

2. Decorate strategically 

Strategically decorate your home for inspection

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Decorate sparingly and strategically to increase space. Paintings can fill an empty wall, and hanging artwork at eye-level gives the optical illusion of more space. Ensure that any artwork is neutral in style and not distracting.

Remove any personal items, such as family photos, degrees or memorabilia. You want potential buyers to be able to project their own personalities on the house without being biased by yours.

3. Balance colours

The general rule of thumb is that walls and floors should be in neutral, light tones when it comes time to sell. 

You don't have to use only neutral colours when selling

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But that doesn’t mean forgoing all colour and creating a boring home. Soft furnishings like cushions, lamps and rugs are a great way to introduce a subtle, affordable and effective theme. Think about which shades will complement the room and build from that. 

4. Brighten as much as possible

The more natural light you can get into your home, the better. 

Maximise light with simple window treatments such as blinds. If you do use curtains, opt for a ceiling-height mount to give the illusion of height. This trick also works if you have low ceilings and want to make the room feel taller than it is. 

Increasing light in a dark room makes your home more attractive to buyers

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Increase the wattage of your light bulbs. Even though dimmer bulbs may be cosier for living, for selling you want to go bright. Lights should be switched on even during day-time open homes. 

5. Place real plants in every room

Healthy plants signal a healthy house. Plants require care and love, and having them on show suggests that your home is cared for too. Buy fresh plants or raid your garden, and place liberally throughout the house. Flowers are a good trick too, but remember that they die faster and will need replacing frequently. 

Plants make your home more inviting

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Candles are another great trick to easily make the house feel fresh and clean.



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