If you follow us on social media, or have been reading this blog for some time, you will know that home staging is one of the best things you can do to help sell your home in Torrevieja. Home staging consists in using professional decorating techniques to highlight the best aspects of your home, and there are numerous studies that show that the sale of the house is much faster and more profitable if the house is properly prepared for it. If you want to know more, we recommend this post that we wrote a few months ago.
If you already know that home staging is essential, but you’re worried about not having the budget to do it, today we’re going to tell you everything you need to know to prepare your house for sale without spending a fortune. Shall we begin?
Declutter your house.
It’s not that we are calling you messy, it’s that to sell your house, you have to make the buyer forget that it belongs to another person. You have to remove family photos, trophies, memories, and any personal items that attract a lot of attention.
You must keep in mind that the decoration of your house, when it comes to selling it, has to be quite neutral, since with that you ensure that more potential buyers are interested in your house, unlike what happens if the house is decorated according to your specific tastes.
On the other hand, you should also empty the rooms, and each object you leave should have a function. Two or three magazines and a couple of candles can give personality to a table, but when you also have an ashtray, a vase of flowers, a bowl to leave the keys, and the cup that your child made you in preschool, decoration becomes disaster.
Take a weekend to clean thoroughly.
Your prospective buyers can examine every corner of the house, and therefore you must make sure that there is no carpet left without cleaning or high shelf left without dusting. It’s recommended that you work on the upkeep of the house often than you normally would, and check everything is fine before organising a visit.
Cleaning also includes the dirt on the walls; a coat of paint is not very expensive, and can give a room an entirely new look.
Besides, smells are very important. Usually, we tend to be unaware of the smells of our own home, and especially if we have pets, these can completely distract the attention of the buyer. Use candles, air fresheners, or even bake a cake before organising the visit, so that the smell of your home is not only pleasant, but invites the buyers to stay.
Think about the functionality of each room.
A trick that professional decorators have is to suggest a different use for each room, so that the house is more attractive, full of ideas about what could be done with it and how it can be adapted to your needs. For example, if you have two bedrooms, you can convert one of them into a workspace, or a room for children (even if you don’t have children).
On the other hand, don’t be overwhelmed about creating incredible spaces where there’s no room. If, for example, the star of your house is the kitchen, focus on decorating it well, and simply be sure to follow the two previous tips for the rest of the rooms.
The arrangement of furniture must also be taken into account; place it so that it’s easy to tour the house, and the visit goes as smoothly as possible.
Bring nature to your home.
Adding natural elements to the decoration of your home is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a good home staging. Use real plants whenever possible, since plastic plants are usually obviously false and will give a bad impression.
Also, for a house in Torrevieja, we recommend that you add something that reminds you of the coast; a jar or a bowl of seashells is easy to get, and if your prospective buyer wants a vacation home, they will be reminded of the sea they’re looking for.
Natural elements, and especially plants, always give a touch of softness and comfort to the home, making the prospective buyer see your home as a place to stay.
It’s more than likely that potential buyers will see more homes apart from yours; part of the usefulness of home staging is to differentiate your house from all the others, and to achieve that you don’t need much money.
You know your house better than anyone, highlight its qualities! You could, for example, write on a sheet the best restaurants you have nearby and plasticize it for potential buyers to see, or whatever you can think of! The limit is your imagination.