Stage Well for a Quick Sell

Apr 11, 2017 | All, Lifestyle, main

There are a few quick and inexpensive steps you can take which will help with the sale of your home.

Remember that time you were newlyweds and you painted the kitchen cupboards purple together? Special memories. For you. But if your house is on the market and you want it to sell quickly, that stroke of creative genius may well stand in your way. www.propertyfox.co.za – the customer-focused, smart online property seller – says there are a few quick and inexpensive steps you can take which will help with the sale of your pile of bricks.

According to company co-founder Crispin Inglis, once you’ve decided to sell your house, you won’t want to hang around. A property languishing on the market for a while is likely to sell for less.

If you invest some time and effort in ‘staging’ your home to meet the majority of tastes, you’ll likely reap the rewards.

Here are PropertyFox’s top six tips for staging your house for a faster sale:

  1. Start by disassociating yourself from the home
    It might be hard but it’s essential. Turn your home back into a house by removing yourself from the property emotionally so you can evaluate it properly. Try to imagine yourself as a potential buyer, and walk around the house with objective eyes. You need to be critical so you can pick up any flaws that buyers are likely to spot. Make a list of everything you know you’re not happy with or need to fix.
  2. De-personalise the space
    It might be hard but it’s essential. Turn your home back into a house by removing yourself from the property emotionally so you can evaluate it properly. Try to imagine yourself as a potential buyer, and walk around the house with objective eyes. You need to be critical so you can pick up any flaws that buyers are likely to spot. Make a list of everything you know you’re not happy with or need to fix.
  3. De-clutter and re-arrange
    Nothing is as off-putting as clutter so hoarders have the hard task of boxing up extra items so that a more minimalist aesthetic remains. Something that happens in homes is that rooms take on myriad functions – a study can become a storage space, for example. Part of dressing up the house is to allocate each room a clear purpose. Rearrange and group furniture together in a way that communicates the room’s function, and invites a sensible flow of feet. You want people to be able to move through the space easily.
  4. Fix it up and paint if necessary
    Do not underestimate the transformation a new coat of paint can bring. Opting for neutral colours helps buyers picture themselves in the space. Remember, your home also needs to make a good impression in photographs and in real-life, so keep this in mind when choosing paint colours and effects. Also, make sure that all the small niggles and faults are fixed – tighten the door handles, replace chipped tiles and finish any unfinished projects.
  5. Get going with the gardening
    Granted, water restrictions are making greenery growing a tricky business these days, but you can still tidy things up by mowing the lawn and planting some water-wise Fynbos. Make sure that people get a favourable impression when they see the house for the first time. Scrub the walls, repaint the front door and get a nice, new welcome mat.
  6. Make it pretty
    This is quite easy to achieve – especially once the home is de-cluttered, fixed up and de-personalised. Firstly, make sure that everything is spotlessly clean and get rid of any bad odours. You can even go as far as to exploit the cookie cliché – there’s nothing like the smell of baking biscuits to stimulate a sale. It’s often the small touches that make the most impact so arrange vases of fresh flowers around the home, bring in extra pot plants, light scented candles, put fresh towels in the bathroom and scatter cushions in inviting places. Light is your best friend so open all the curtains to make use of natural light and, if it’s overcast, switch on the main lighting and side lamps.

Related Articles

Selling Secrets for The Best Sale

In a saturated market, making your home stand out from the rest when you plan on selling can be a challenge. Striking the right balance between price and appeal can be challenging. Here are a few secrets to make sure your property stands out from its competition even...

read more

What to do Before You Move into a New Home

Congratulations! You survived the time- and energy-draining process of buying a new home! After saving up and months of searching for the right property, applying for a bond and patiently waiting for the keys to the front door, it's time to move in. Moving can be...

read more

PropertyFox Neighbourhood Insights – Dec 2018

We look back and share our insights of what the month of December brought for the property market in South Africa. Coastal Homes for the Win Coastal properties, especially those within close proximity to the ocean, boomed over December. In the last quarter of 2018,...

read more

Stay Updated

Sign up for the PropertyFox Newsletter

We will never share your email with any third parties