Pay attention carefully, this blog could add thousands of dollars to the sale price achieved by your home, with only a relatively small outlay, plus some hard work and elbow grease! How? Well, the formula is simple:
- Fresh paint on walls: preferably a neutral or crisp white – it’s amazing what a coat of paint will do
- De-clutter: everything packed away in boxes, except the bare essentials
- Minimal furniture: key pieces only with modern soft furnishings and accessories
- Well kept garden: fresh mulch, neatly cut lawns and healthy plants
- Clean windows and walls
- Clean pavers and driveway
- Repair any noticeable damage to the home: patch holes in walls for example
- Remove mould from bathrooms and refresh grout
- Basically, present a clean sparkling home that smells fresh!
Clients often ask how the home should look for photography and opens. To help clients visualise what is needed, I can provide pictures of furniture to be showcased in each room, such as those shown below. Take note, while each room in your home will not look exactly like this, I want clients to take away from these pictures the number of furniture pieces in each room and the way it is styled with the soft furnishings and accessories.
The property image above, listed and sold recently by SA Listings, was styled for minimal cost and achieved a sale result of $46,000 in excess of Vendor expectations. Note the following from the photos:
- Formal lounge includes 3 key furniture pieces: lounge, coffee table & cabinet
- Bedroom includes 3 key pieces: bed and two side tables
- Second bedroom includes 3 key pieces: bed, desk and chair
- Kitchen: totally clean bench tops with exception of minimal accessories
- Lounge includes 4 key pieces: lounge, chair, cabinet and coffee table
- Meals includes 2 key pieces: kitchen table and 6 chairs
- Outdoor area includes 2 key pieces: outdoor table with chairs
- Front yard and rear yard: neat, tidy and clean
In addition to the key furniture pieces, the soft furnishings and accessories in each room really make it pop. Think eye-popping paintings, lamps, neutral toned rugs and fresh flowers, with a common colour scheme. For bathrooms, all you require are matching towels and a beautiful soap dispenser on the vanity.
A big mistake commonly seen in homes on the market, is overcrowding in each room with too many furniture pieces. This can have the impact of making rooms appear small and cramped. Whilst it may be difficult to live without these pieces, for the limited period it is showcased to market it is well worth taking the pain to achieve the gain.
We hope you found this blog informative and if the styling process is too overwhelming, SA Listings can assist you with professional styling. We offer a unique styling service with affordable styling packages. To find out more contact us at http://www.salistings.com.au/contact