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Could a home stager be the key to getting you ready for moving?

If you are considering moving in 2024, you may be starting to compile a list of things you must do before you can put your home on the market for sale. Don't feel overwhelmed - a home stager might be just the person who can help.
Could a home stager be the key to getting you ready for moving?
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2023 was a tricky time for the housing market. The Truss Kwarteng budget set off a whole series of events followed by a huge hike in interest and then mortgage rates. This slowed down sales dramatically in most sectors of the market, and many sellers were having a hard time finding buyers for their homes.

But 2024 looks more optimistic already. Mortgage rates are coming down, and there is anticipation that interest rates will do the same now that inflation is lower. Hopefully, this will mean that homeowners who have felt 'stuck' for a while, whether or not they are already on the market, will decide to instruct an agent who knows how to get them moving. With that in mind, here are our top tips to ensure your home looks the very best that it can….

Do the Repairs and Upgrades
Many premium homes have been in the same hands for decades. Over the years you have lived there, you may have ceased to notice the little jobs that need to be done. Ask your trusted agent to flag issues and help source contractors to get things done ready to put your home on the market. Address any necessary repairs or upgrades to enhance the overall condition of the property. This may include fixing structural issues, updating ancient appliances or refreshing interior finishes. Any use of premium materials or high-end finishes throughout the property can be emphasised in the property description and create a selling point. This includes high-end countertops, flooring, fixtures, and appliances.

Curb Appeal
Ensure the exterior of the property is well-maintained and presents an impressive first impression. This includes landscaping, exterior lighting, and any necessary repairs or touch-ups. If the garden is looking a little unloved, especially if you are selling before the garden comes to life in the Spring, you might consider investing in professional landscaping services to ensure the property's exterior is visually stunning. This may include help to manicure the lawns, prune trees and shrubs and plant seasonal flowers. The landscaping should complement the architectural style of the home.

Declutter and Depersonalise
Again, if you have been in the house for a long time, there is likely to be a certain level of clutter. Getting rooms decluttered and looking their best takes time, and it may well be worth investing in professional help. Remove personal items and excess clutter to allow potential buyers to envision themselves in the space. But it is a fine balance; don't depersonalise to the point where the space no longer feels like a home. Buyers want to emotionally engage with the house and imagine bringing up their own family there.

Thoughtful Lighting Design
Great lighting can have an impressive impact. Strategically position lighting to enhance the property's curb appeal during the day and night. Consider well-placed outdoor lighting fixtures highlighting architectural features, landscaping, and pathways. This not only adds to the visual appeal but also emphasises the property's security and safety. It can be used to showcase the outdoor eating areas or even an outside workroom. Indoors, strategic lighting can emphasise the best features of the house and be used to create atmosphere in any room.

Professional Cleaning
Clean, clean and clean again. Period homes, once decluttered, are often dusty and have corners that haven't seen the light of day for years. Invest in a thorough, professional cleaning of the entire home, including carpets, windows, and hard-to-reach areas. A spotless and well-maintained home reflects positively on its overall care; buyers will believe the maintenance of the house is also good if everything sparkles.

Professional Home Staging
All these points come under the remit of a good professional home stager. Get them involved right from the outset, long before the house is to be launched. If you are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of moving without the added hassle of decluttering, decorating or getting the garden sorted, a home-stager could be just the help you need.

Buyers of premium homes are spending a lot of money. They will have high expectations and seek perfection, so a property in top condition will instil confidence and trust. If the property also requires additional furniture or accessories to show every room to the best advantage, a home stager can help. Tailoring the marketing approach to the unique features of the property and the preferences of the target demographic is key to a successful sale in the premium market.

For help and guidance on achieving the best sale for your clients' premium property, contact professional home stagers Lemon and Lime Interiors 01332 987740