02 Mar How to style your home and get that wow factor!
If you are looking to sell your home in the most effective and efficient manner, being proactive can help you achieve your ambitions when it comes to the property market. If you look for advice online or in property magazines, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of ideas and guidance available on offer. If you are not sure what the difference is between interior marketing, home staging or property styling, don’t worry, they are all different terms that have a similar meaning. All of these terms are ways in which you can decorate and organise your property in order to get that wow factor which will impress potential buyers or tenants.
While there is nothing to stop people from styling their home themselves, there is a lot to be said for hiring the services of a professional property stylist. If you are pushed for time, focusing on other aspects of the move or maybe you just don’t know where to begin when it comes to staging your home. Hiring a professional makes life easier for you and allows you to potentially achieve better results.
A stylist is not emotionally attached to your home
One of the strongest reasons for hiring the services of a professional home stylist is that they are not emotionally attached to the property. One of the most common tips you will see when it comes to home styling is to remove traces of your family and personal life. When staging a home, you want to allow other people to imagine themselves living in this home and this is a lot easier to do when you provide them with a blank canvas. A professional stylist can look at your home in a more clinical manner and determine what your property offers with respect to space and layout. Just because you have always used a room or part of a room for one purpose doesn’t mean that this is its only purpose and a fresh pair of eyes can help to transform your property.
The most commonly cited tips in styling your home include:
- Removing clutter
- Make sure your home is spotlessly clean
- Allow as much natural light as possible
- Be mindful of smells and neutralise or remove them
- If you can decorate, do so, and decorate in clean and neutral tones
- Make sure that your garden is tidy and styled
- Carry out all of the DIY jobs that have been put off
- Display fresh towels and clean pillows/cushions
- Aim to make a positive first impression
Depending on how much time and money you have at your disposal, styling your property can be a lot of work, but there are significant benefits to be gained from making the effort to stage your home. The most common benefits of adding the wow factor to your home include:
- Obtaining a higher selling price or rental price
- Selling or letting your home at a faster rate
- Obtaining more bids and offers and generating greater interest in your home
These are the main aims that most people have when placing their home on the market, so it makes sense to follow the tips that are more likely to help you achieve this.
An interesting point of note comes with the fact that styling an inexpensive property isn’t that important because the additional yield will not be too attractive. This means that you need to calculate how much impact you can have with styling your home. If your home is rundown, poorly decorated or cluttered, you’d be amazed at the transformation that can take place when following staging tips but if your home is small, not holding too much value and already in decent condition, there may not be a great benefit in carrying out extensive work.
This is another reason why it is of benefit to call on the services of a professional stylist because they can provide you with expectations of what staging your home and gardens can do for your property.