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Staging your house to sell fast!

Let’s face it, selling a home is stressful. You have no idea how quickly it will sell or for how much. But there are some simple things you can do to broaden your house’s appeal, maximise its worth and speed up that all-important sale.

Tips for staging your home

Declutter

A simple way to make your home look more spacious is to remove clutter. Take this as a chance to have a proper clear out. Remove large pieces of furniture that make a room look small – put into storage if necessary. Remember to organise cupboards and wardrobes too, as people may well look inside. And avoid overfilling shelves – use them to display a few simple vases, decorative books and plants.

Make flooring fabulous

Grubby carpets or rugs can put off buyers. If you don’t have the budget to replace them, a good professional carpet clean can give them new lease of life. Repair creaky floorboards and, if they are exposed, consider getting them re-waxed or re-stained. Replace vinyl, laminate or linoleum flooring if it has seen better days.

Upgrade awkward areas

Maximise the space by making use of awkward areas, such as under the stairs. By adding shelving and hooks you can create a really useful space – for storing shoes and coats for instance.

Neutralise decor

Bold feature walls aren’t to everyone’s taste. By covering with a coat of neutral paint you will add mass appeal and help people to imagine putting their own stamp on your property.

But keep some personality

People want to move into somewhere that feels like a home, so don’t strip out all the personality – keep some pictures, plants, cushions and artefacts on display.

Let in the light

Light and airy homes are much more appealing than dark ones, so ensure that you pull the curtains right back and put the blinds up to allow plenty of light to flood a room.  And clean the windows! To make smaller windows appear larger, invest in a pair of long curtains. Consider leaving side lamps on too, even in daylight, to give a feeling of warmth.

Another way to create a welcoming and light filled home to is to leave the interior doors open when people arrive.

Make sure it smells good

You may not want to go as far as baking bread to make your home smell enticing, but you do need to ensure it smells fresh and clean. The best way to do that is to keep it well ventilated by opening the windows.

Check the kerb appeal

Don’t forget to take an objective look at the exterior of your house too. Are the front and back gardens tidy and inviting? Remove weeds, cut back overgrown plants and check any paintwork, pathways or drives for signs of wear and tear.

A freshly painted front door can help make a great first impression.

Too much hassle? Part-exchange!

If you are selling in order to downsize, then you might just find the perfect property with McCarthy Stone. Not only to do they offer elegant and intelligently designed contemporary retirement homes to rent or for sale, if you like, they can buy your existing property from you, and they offer a specialist removal service to make the process of moving easier too. They’ll even help you to declutter and pack!

For more information, please visit McCarthy Stone. Or browse McCarthy Stone retirement apartments for sale or rent across the UK.

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