3 tips for a well-staged house

16 Aug 2016

Home value growth is booming in Melbourne, so this is the ideal time to put your house up for sale. The staging of your home plays a key role in successfully closing the deal.

A well-staged home makes a big difference every step of way. A house that looks good in photographs is important for initial online attraction. Come inspection time, a good staging can tempt buyers to make an attractive offer. It's as simple as paying extra attention to a few specific things. What do you need to do?

Declutter and depersonalise

When you're staging your home, you want it to be inviting. The inside of your house should allow prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. The best way to do this is to remove all family photos and mementos.

Personal items and quirky collectibles are often an obstacle to the end goal. The buyers need to be able to picture the house with their own belongings in it.

People who are ready to commit to a house are always looking out for storage space, so by clearing out cupboards, wardrobes and cabinets, you immediately provide the house with a desired feature.

Deep clean

If you're dealing with first-time buyers, they'll often want a low-maintenance house that is ready to live in. This means spotless benchtops, shining floors and gleaming appliances. Make sure to pay extra attention to dust, dirt and odours, especially in those areas you think people won't notice.

If you have pets, it's imperative that this is not detectable come inspection time. There is no bigger turn-off to buyers than the smell of wet dog or kitty litter. The scent of cigarette smoke is also a big deal breaker.

Backyards are a huge selling point, so definitely give them special treatment. Don't go overboard though, buyers can be put off by a garden that looks like it's too high-maintenance.

Scent appeal

Scent is so important because sense of smell is intertwined with memory. Wiping down all surfaces with a fresh cleaning product right before the inspection will do the trick. Stay away from chemicals though, overpowering scents can distract the brain from the main objective, which is inspection the house.

Finally, ensure the prospective buyers have all the information. Offer them suburb data and statistics, or even a flyer with information about public transport, parks and schools in the neighbourhood. If they ever struggle to make a decision, having all the information to fall back on will definitely tip the scale in your favour.