If you have a creative eye and would like to be your own home stylist, here are some DIY tips:
Keep it clean and clear: Buyers want to walk into a property that they can imagine coming home to and relaxing in, so it’s essential to clear away all your mess and clutter and keep the place immaculately clean while you’re showing it.The kitchen and bathrooms are key areas, so add a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, white towels in the bathrooms and ensure both rooms are spotless.
De-personalize: It may sound harsh, but homeowners should remove all personal pictures and art containing people, animals and religious content. You still want to keep things that give it a homey touch.
Keep the accessorizing to a minimum: You should introduce accessories that make your décor shine – but over-decorating your house should be avoided. Too many pillows, artwork, vases and flowers end up creating new clutter.
Repair any obvious problems: As a potential buyer walks through a house and notices little things that are wrong, such as a dripping tap or a door that won't shut, they become emotionally detached. Also, a fresh coat of paint will really improve the look of your rooms and pay dividends.
Use proper lighting: Light is very important, so keep on all lights during showings and turn blinds to the half-open position. A dark and dreary home will be extremely hard to sell at any price.
Get some curb appeal: Think a planted urn or a welcome mat. You need to get rid of any junk that's sitting in front of the house. Make sure walkways are swept, the grass is cut and the garden is pruned and neat.
Pay attention to furniture placement: A common example of improper furniture placement can be found in the bedroom. People might put a high dresser on a wall that you're facing as you walk in, and that makes the room feel very closed in. Try to arrange furniture so that the room seems airy and spacious.
An initial investment in home staging is much more affordable than reducing your selling price so if you are considering selling your home be sure to consider this option.