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Home staging - the DIY options - Part 1

Feedback suggests that having a professional stage your home for sale typically has a positive impact on the sale price. However, the cost for these services can add up. Not only are you paying for professional advice, there’s furniture rental to consider, and it can be a prohibitive line item on your listing budget.

There are elements of the home staging process that you can undertake yourself. In this article we will cover the first of three techniques that you can employ to stage your home like a professional. They are:

  1. Decluttering - strategies to successfully open up your spaces 

  2. Theming - choosing simple colours and themes to anchor your rooms

  3. Depersonalisation - how to remove items that take buyers out of their emotional context

Part 1. Decluttering

Strategies to successfully open up your spaces.

Here is a sure fire method to declutter your home and have it looking best for open homes and auction day.

In every room, create three piles. Or, if you have them, bring in three big bins. One is to Show. One is to Throw. The last one is to Stow. If items are too big to add to a pile, you can label them with PostIt notes.

The SHOW pile is the one that contains items that present each room in it best light. For example, single pieces of furniture that anchor the space.

The next pile is to THROW. Here it is, your chance to lighten your load when moving. Objects that have been jamming up your free space. Things you haven’t used for ages.

The final pile is to STOW. Typically, this will contain personal items that prevent potential buyers from picturing them living in your space, but that you simply can’t bear parting with. These you will stow under the house or in another location until your sale is complete.

Now you know what you are going to Show, Throw and Stow. Once you’ve decide that, you’ll have the space of mind to begin staging your home for a successful sale.

Watch part 2: Theming

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