Recent Buying Selling Lifestyle Investor Tenants
Recent Buying Selling Lifestyle Investor Tenants
Selling Investor

Expert guide: property styling costs, pros & cons

Written by Sarah Newton
When selling your home, it goes without saying that you want to get the best price possible. An emotional time often fueled by stress, the pressure is immense to have an immaculately presented home that will attract the right buyer.

Your property will need to look better than the competition, be memorable and feel warm and inviting. Not only do you want it to feel comfortable in order for the potential buyer to see themselves living there, but you also want it to look worthy of a higher asking price.

Property styling, also known as home staging, can help you achieve your desired results. If you’re preparing a house for sale, our expert guide will answer your questions - from home styling tips to how much the service will cost and how it can increase your final sales price, and more.

Preparing a house for sale

Before you even think about interior design and employing the services of a real estate stylist, get the groundwork done. It’s important to declutter, depersonalise and clean, clean, clean! Remove all unnecessary objects from the house that lack aesthetic appeal or function, get rid of unsavory furniture items (like ripped, stained or sagging sofas), clear the kitchen benches and pack away your books and knick-knacks.

For potential buyers to imagine it’s their home, hide away family portraits and mementos, before giving the entire house a thorough clean so it’s sparkling from the inside out. A fresh coat of paint won’t go astray, but try to stick to neutral colours which will be easier for a property stylist to work with and won’t turn off the buyer.

Finish projects and repairs and ensure the flooring is clean or replaced if broken or cracked. Inject fresh, modern appeal by updating fixtures and hardware, an easy way to make an impact. First impressions start at the curb! Keep the lawns mowed, trim back trees and bushes, clear sidewalks and water the garden regularly to keep everything lush. Plant in fresh, brightly coloured flowers in the garden beds to attract the eye.

What does a property stylist do and what services are included?

A property stylist or a “stager” will eliminate part of the stress when selling your home by furnishing and styling the property carefully to maximise your selling price.

Their services may include depersonalising and decluttering your home, organising cleaning, repairs and maintenance and a general assessment of anything that needs your attention. An empty property lacks appeal to a potential buyer so if you’ve already moved out your property stylist can fully furnish your home and add luxurious and warm touches of artwork, homewares and accessories.

They will rearrange existing furniture to maximise space and improve the flow of the room. The main areas your property stylist will work with are usually the entrance, dining, lounge and entertainment areas, and the master bedroom. Essentially, they will focus on the areas the real estate photographer will be capturing.

Once everything is done, your real estate agent will inspect the home and organise a real estate photographer to take the pictures.

SOURCE: Open Agent

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