A few simple changes around your home can help to convert viewings into offers more quickly and can even boost your final selling price.

Good home staging lets potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home, highlights its good features, hides its shortcomings and makes your home look attractive in its marketing photographs.

Here are ten tips to make your home stand out.

1. Make a good first impression

Potential buyers will form an opinion on your house within the first 10 seconds, so making an excellent first impression is vital.

Make the front of your home look attractive, power-wash your drive and pathway and hide the bins. Consider adding a fresh doormat and updating the door furniture. If you have a front garden, make sure it is tidy, you could also add a potted plant or two.

2. Get rid of clutter

Rule number one of home staging: get rid of all the clutter in your home. The less stuff you have, the bigger your rooms will appear, and the more appealing your home will be to buyers.

Ensure your cupboards and built-in wardrobes are neatly organised as buyers may look inside to assess their storage potential.

Box up anything you don’t use on a day-to-day basis and put it into storage until you have sold your house.

3. Depersonalise

Buyers need to imagine themselves living in your home so remove all personal items like family photos and kids artwork. Clear the bathroom surfaces of objects like toothbrushes and shaving foam and put away clothes and any children’s toys.

It’s still essential for your home to look lived in, so add some nice touches like a vase of flowers or a bowl of fruit.

4. Define the purpose of each room

Ensure that each room has a defined, single purpose, even if that isn’t what you use the space for. For instance, if you use a small bedroom as a drying room or junk room, stage it as a guest bedroom or study.

Demonstrate how to use those awkward areas like space under the stairs by adding clever storage.

5. Rearrange your furniture

Too much furniture or furniture that is too big for the room will make your home seem small and cramped. Remove any excess furniture or large and imposing pieces and put them into storage until you have sold your property. Rearrange the remaining furniture to make the room look as spacious as possible.

rearrange furniture6. Patch and repair

Buyers want to move straight in. They will deduct money from their offer price for every problem they see as they view your home. If there are too many problems, they may discount your home altogether. So, fix everything: damp, dirty grout, dripping taps, faulty lights, broken doorknobs, chipped tiles… The list may go on forever, but tackle everything you can.

7. Clean

Clean your home as you have never cleaned it before. All aspects of the property should be included, from floors to ceilings and everything in between. A clean home suggests to buyers that the property has been well looked after.

Your home should smell clean because it is clean. Avoid cooking strong-smelling food before viewings and be sure to take out the bins, so there aren’t any lingering bad smells. Use subtle air fresheners and candles to get rid of any faint smells, or open all your windows to air the property prior to viewings.

8. Go neutral

You love your decor, but will anybody else? A fresh coat of light, neutral emulsion makes a space feel bigger, lighter, cleaner and more open. This tip will cost you more money, but it can make a big difference to your final sale price and the speed at which your property will sell.

9. Make it look pretty

Now you’ve got your place looking good, how about going a few steps further and make your viewers fall in love with it? Use mirrors to make rooms seem bigger or hang an elegant piece of art. Experiment with rugs to make a room appear more homely. Refresh your bed linen and add a throw and scatter cushions.

10. Remember the outside space

Whether it is a roof terrace, patio or full-blown garden, make the most of whatever you have got. Create a simple seating area to show the potential for alfresco eating and entertaining. Add bamboo screens or trellising to create privacy from neighbours and use pot plants, window boxes and hanging baskets to give colour (you can always take these with you when you move).

We can help

M&M Property was established over 20 years ago and we are renowned as local property experts in Newington Green, Islington, Hackney and the surrounding area. We have helped thousands of homeowners to sell faster their homes for their maximum value in the shortest time possible. Contact us for a free valuation of your property.