It is often said that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, and if you have to sell your old property before you find a new one that doesn’t make the process any more straight forward. Home staging is a technique employed by many people when they are putting their home up for sale.
In simple terms, home staging involves presenting your house in a way that gives the best possible impression to potential buyers. It is true that homeowners have been undertaking staging to some extent for almost as long as the property selling business has existed, and while tidying, moving furniture and de-cluttering are the kind of steps most people would take to make their property look its best, with home staging, making your house look appealing to visitors is taken a step further.
The goal of staging is to sell a home as quick as possible and for the most money possible by attracting the highest amount of potential buyers. Because of this, staging focuses on improving a property to make it appeal to the largest number of buyers by transforming it into a welcoming, appealing, and attractive product for sale. Many people believe that staging raises the value of a property by way of reducing the home’s flaws- which often involves depersonalising the space so it has the best chance of finding a potential suitor.
Show your home at it’s best
Staging doesn’t necessarily involve decorating, according to real-estate professionals. It’s more like presenting a home in such a way that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living in it. This can mean removing family photos, piles of newspapers and the cat’s litter box, and- in some cases- adding neutral-colored paint and carpet and buying new appliances.
Think function first
One of the main things you should focus on when home staging is showing how functional rooms can be. If you have large rooms, and can show off how you can fit a double bed, a desk and a chest of drawers in the room, it is likely to register on some level with prospective buyers. Don’t leave them wondering whether their furniture will fit into the room or what the function of a room could be- show them just how they can use one corner as a study, and another room as a dining area. This is where home staging comes into its own, because an unfurnished house with empty rooms might leave viewers unsure as to how they would utilise the space and unable to picture themselves living there. As you draw attention to your home’s best features, you can also pull focus away from its less desirable aspects; a poor paint job can be hidden by some tactical lighting, for example.
Soft furnishings, carpets & upholstery
Something that is much more difficult to hide, however, is what state the carpets and upholstery inside your home are in. You can arrange pieces of furniture over the odd stain, but carpets that haven’t been professionally cleaned for over a year can completely detract from any attempt at home staging. At 4CityClean we use powerful Hot Water Extraction (HWE) machines to get the deepest clean possible, and we are experts at treating stains- routinely getting much better results than our customers expected possible. Odours can easily become trapped in carpets and upholstery, and achieving a clean, inviting environment simply won’t be possible if dirt is trapped in these areas. Pet odours in particular can cling to your upholstery and greet your guests with a pungent smell that you won’t get rid of just with air freshener.
Refurbishments and constructions work
We also offer a general domestic cleaning service and a very thorough oven cleaning service to help you put your best foot forward when it comes to home staging. If refurbishments and renovations are part of the process, be sure to contact us about our after builders cleaning service. We can alleviate the stress that comes with trying to get the place presentable after the builders have been in.
So, get in touch with us today and our team will be happy to help, whatever your requirements. We offer a free, no-obligation quote so if you are in the process of trying to sell your house find out what we can do for you!