5 inexpensive home staging tips to captivate buyers

Presentation is one of the most important factors in selling your house quickly, and at top dollar. In fact, home staging can add as much as 15% to your overall sale price, according to New Zealand home evaluation experts.

But what is home staging? 

Home staging is the art of visually transforming a house to appeal to the highest number of potential buyers. But staging is more than just about rearranging furniture or redecorating, it’s also about maximising the best features of a property and connecting with buyers emotionally. 

Why home stage?

Home staging allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your property. It can be hard to imagine yourself living in a property that’s completely empty or one filled with existing photos and memorabilia of the previous owners. Home staging provides a clean, neutral slate so buyers can envision themselves living there in the future. 

Secondly, home staging fuels buyer competition because it attracts more viewings and interest, potentially driving up price. This is particularly crucial these days because buyers are increasingly searching for houses online. A cursory glance at a photo can be all it takes for a viewer to make up their mind. 

For the most part, it’s best to hire a home staging service to do it all for you. But if you want to have a go at it yourself, here are 5 inexpensive tips to captivate buyers at your next open home and ultimately close that sale. 

Captivate through curb appeal

The first thing a potential buyer is going to see when they drive by is your exterior. So make sure your lawn is trimmed, tidy and any dirt is washed off the sidewalks. You can also hire a pressure cleaner to deep clean your house exterior (it’s $65 at Bunnings for 4 hours or $85 for 24 hours). You’ll remove any grit, dirt, excess paint and mold. It’ll be as good as new!
Small additions like pots of flowers by the entrance or repainting the front door can make your home look inviting and open.  

Clear away that clutter

Cleaning your house is one of the cheapest home staging tactics. Dog beds, children’s toys, paper and electronic devices should be cleared to emphasise a sense of flow, balance and ease. You’re going to eventually move anyway, so this will be a good time to sort your belongings out.  

Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors

Mirrors can create the illusion of space, making your house look bigger than it actually is. This is particularly crucial for houses on the smaller side. But mirrors are also reflective, making your house look brighter and more illuminated. This is echoed by finer, an Auckland home staging company:

Maximising light is one of the easiest and cheapest home staging tips to make your property seem spacious, warm and inviting.”

A touch of life

Adding vibrant flowers and indoor plants is a budget-friendly way of refreshing and revitalizing your space. Bringing mother nature indoors will create a nurturing and caring atmosphere to your house. But, if the thought of watering your plants everyday makes you sick then consider using fake plants. 

Rearrange your furniture

Rearranging existing furniture is another inexpensive tactic. The trick is to consider what the function of each room is and whether there is any focal point. For example, if you have a living room with a fireplace consider arranging your furniture so that it highlights the fireplace. 

You’ll want to consider flow so make sure your furniture is arranged in a way that makes it easy for viewers to walk around seamlessly.