If you’re a fan of Selling Sunset, you might recognise the phrase ‘home-staging’.
On the hit Netflix we show, we see Chrishell and her colleagues chat to experts about how best to present the multi-million pound properties to potential buyers.
And while you might not be trying to sell an eight-bed mansion, home-staging could add value to your own house too.
This originally-American trend involves ‘setting the stage’ for a potential buyer, which can be done by redecorating, rearranging and in some cases, completely emptying and refurbishing the house.
It helps buyers see past your own personal style, and imagine themselves living there instead.
That means emptying out that office space full of files and paperwork, and putting any ‘quirky’ collections into storage.
Steve Brown, from Winkworth estate agents, recently told Sky News just how cost-effective home staging can be.
‘We have seen very strong selling prices from properties that have been staged and having offers from competing buyers can generate a price 2-5% above an asking price, which at average price levels locally [in Blackheath, London] is £10,000-£25,000, but can easily be six figures at the higher end of the market.’
So how do you go about home-staging?
Declutter your space
Yes, you might love your massive family portrait, and you’ve spent years amassing your collection of Disney stuff animals – but a buyer doesn’t want to see it. Instead, home-staging is all about minimalism.
‘Storing away personal mementos and other ornaments can help to make a room appear larger and help any viewers to better envisage how their own belongings will look in the space,’ Kirsty urges.
‘With minimalism being a highly popular style for house hunters, decluttering will help you to achieve a cleaner look.’
Refresh your walls
With so much interiors inspo on Instagram, you might want to go bold and bright in your home, but when it comes to selling, neutrals are best.
Kirsty recommends painting your walls white, duck egg blue, or pale grey.
‘Even if your home is already decorated in neutral tones, refreshing your walls with a lick of paint and patching up any holes can still help to ensure a swifter sale,’ Kirsty says.
Enhance curb appeal
‘An unkept garden and exterior can indicate to potential buyers that other areas of your home may also be neglected, so make sure your property’s outside is as appealing as its inside to make a strong first impression,’ says Kirsty.
She also recommends taking time to neaten up outdoor spaces.
‘Get rid of any weeds, sweep your driveway and paving, and add a pop of colour with the addition of new plants.’
She also recommends giving your front door a lick of paint or perhaps investing in a new one if it’s beyond a face lift.
Appeal to the senses
Fresh coffee, and the smell of bread baking. Who wouldn’t want to live in a home that’s inviting?
‘Help your home smell clean and inviting by using a scented candle, reed diffuser or room spray,’ explains Kirsty.
She adds that bad smells can be a sign of uncleanliness and poor maintenance too – something that house hunters don’t want to deal with when moving into their new home.
Finally, she urges that you ensure your home is at optimal temperature so that viewers are comfortable.
‘On a hot summer’s day, ensure you’ve aired out the house before a viewing, or you may even want to use a fan if your house gets particularly hot,’ Kirsty adds.