Although most homeowners will be reluctant to admit their properties are in need of a makeover, for anyone struggling to sell, a few cosmetic changes could make all the difference.
It can always be tough for sellers whose property’s lack the wow factor, but it doesn’t have to be like that! Home staging is an American phenomenon, but its premise is simple: you present your home in the best possible light to reel in the buyers.
For agents daunted by the prospect of home staging, there are companies all over Britain willing to take on the challenge. But Cheshire Home Staging is the only home staging establishment you will need to use and trust in and throughout Greater Manchester.
And as property programmes on TV underscore, buyers are demanding. “Whether the property is priced at £150,000 or £1m, buyer expectations are incredibly high. If you don’t try to meet those either you will not sell or you leave yourself open to be knocked down on price.”
Why should an estate agent suggest to their clients that using a home stager will be beneficial and worth the expense?
The main factor to stress to a buyer regarding employing an advisor is that the cost of their time and work will be more than covered (hopefully by a substantial amount) by the increase in the house price generated by hiring the advisor.
You have to factor in the cost of any work that needs to be done although this is usually cosmetic. You can turn around a relatively small property through spending as little as £500, but £1,500 to £2,000 is more the norm. We are not into knocking down walls or extending property. We are able to work within the proportions of the property. Occasionally, something out of the ordinary is needed, such as a new bathroom suite, but usually this can be limited to new fittings or in the kitchen new doors.
If buyers decide to take on the work themselves, it can often cause the problem of bringing too much of their own personality to the home. Using a Home stager doesn’t necessarily mean stark, minimalist decoration, but we know what most potential buyers will want to see.
What will a home stager actually do?
Cheshire Home Staging can transform a property, simply by clearing away clutter and giving the property a thorough spring clean. The main rooms to look at are the master bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. We ensure to keep as many clear spaces and as few personal effects as possible, then concentrate on styling and cleanliness to the max.
Cheshire Home Staging can transform a property, simply by clearing away clutter and giving the property a thorough spring. The main rooms to look at are the master bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom. We ensure to keep as many clear spaces and as few personal effects as possible, then concentrate on styling and cleanliness to the max.
You are trying to sell a lifestyle to the buyers and if that is cluttered and messy then they won’t want to buy it.
We will suggest, if needed, to give the inside walls, skirting and woodwork a fresh coat of paint for a low-cost way to refresh tired-looking rooms. Rather than replacing an old bathroom or kitchen at a cost of thousands of pounds, we’ll suggest doing repairs, touching up old paintwork and use a few new accessories. When potential buyers come round to visit, replacing old towels and worn doormats could also make a big difference.
We never neglect the exterior. This is the first thing that people are going to be put off by, so we’ll suggest carrying out some simple improvements such as repairing windows and gutters, sprucing up the garden and clearing the pathways and decking of any rubbish or weeds.
An estate agent has nothing to lose when suggesting using a Home stager…but has everything to gain!