When you are done organising and cleaning your house, you might want to consider home staging. Home staging is all about creating an illusion. It is about making your home look bigger and more beautiful. There are people that elevate home staging to a true art form. The benefit of staging, if done well, is that your home will sell faster and for a higher price. Home staging professionals charge anything from a few hundred to several thousand pounds, depending on the number of rooms you want staged. But there are some things you can do yourself without spending a lot of money.
One of the first concepts of staging is creating focal points. When you look at a picture of the room, at first glance it should be obvious what the function of that room is. A dining room, for instance, should contain a dining table with chairs. A bedroom needs a bed. In the entrance hall you can use a mirror and a small table or shelf to place keys.
One thing to remember is that a lot of furniture in one place will make that place look small and crammed. Select some pieces that will go well together and make sure you leave enough empty space so you can walk around them freely. Stagers often use small love seats, they have the appearance of a couch but because of their small size they make the room look bigger. When I sell my house online, this is even more important because giving an idea of spaciousness using only pictures can be tricky.
Here it becomes a bit more difficult; some people have a gift for arranging even the most ordinary items and making them look stylish. If you are like me and you are not one of those people, there are some guidelines you can follow. When placing items on a nightstand or kitchen top, place 1, 3, or 5 items grouped together. A number of cookbooks in the kitchen, some makeup articles in the bathroom: just enough to give potential buyers an idea of what it might be like if they would live there.
You might think staging an unnecessary thing, time-consuming, and bothersome. Yet another task to deal with at a moment you already have so many things to worry about. But there is enough evidence to suggest you will sell your house faster and possibly even above market value when you do put in the effort. Some people claim they have been able to get up to 10% over market value (making use of a professional stager). If you are interested, there are many more tips and ideas available online.