I recently had to sell my house and was faced with the question of desirability. I knew my home was nice and the neighbourhood that it was in was also generally sought after, but after several viewings I began to realize that people weren’t really thrilled with what they were seeing. After a little soul searching and a lot of research, I decided to give my home a makeover. Home styling, also known as home staging, is an art form like any other. To do it properly takes time, a vision, and a little patience. Here are some of the things that I learned from my experience.
The most important thing to remember when home staging is that the people coming to view your home have never seen either it or you before. The house must be shown for its own sake and your personal feelings about it need to be left on the back burner. It’s presentation time!
The first impression is important. Much like the way the first chapter of a book can help you decide whether you should continue reading, the way your home looks from the street is going to be the first step in coercing the buyer to purchase the property. Plant fresh flowers, lay down some sod if the grass is bad, and paint the windows and door. It’ll be worth it in the end.
One of the most detrimental things for those wanting to sell is to have a dirty house when buyers come to visit. Sure, everyone knows that things can get dirty from time to time, but when potential buyers come to a house they want to imagine themselves living there and that is very hard to do when you see someone’s socks lying on the floor. Keep the home immaculate.
Remove the Personal Feel
Similar to the reasoning behind the need for keeping things clean and tidy, it is recommended to remove personal pictures and other items that speak to you and your living in the house. Again, the customer is not actually looking at your home, but rather a product on the market. You should keep your house in a state that invites visitors to imagine themselves spending their valued time on the furniture, and cooking family meals on the stovetop.
Perceived Spaciousness and Lighting
You will want to maximize the space in every part of your home by spreading our your furniture to use up all of the space available. Doing this may seem counterintuitive because by spreading things out you are essentially creating less floor space, but the overall look will be airier as there will be no cramped areas. This method is also useful to make it appear that there are no unusable areas in the home. After achieving the illusion of more space, it will be time to think about the type of lighting that will best compliment the room. There are a lot of choices out there, but whichever you choose, make sure that it is bright enough to light every corner of the room, while at the same time making sure that it not so bright as to seem uncomfortable.