Real EstateHome staging tips We teamed up with the best home stagers in the biz, Exhibit One, to present our home for sale. Here are 8 top tips from the pros. Statistics show that only 10 per cent of buyers can visualise the potential in a home! That means 90 per cent of people can’t see past an empty room, clutter and any imperfections – real or imagined. One of the primary objectives of staging a property is to help prospective buyers visualise the property as their own. This is achieved not only by creating a beautiful space that buyers connect with emotionally, but one that is devoid of the personal touches that suggest this home belongs to the seller, not the buyer. The end result increases the likelihood of a faster sale and a better price by presenting the home in the best possible light. Deep clean your home It might sound obvious, but start by deep cleaning your home. Potential buyers will look closely at every detail, so walking into a home that’s flawlessly clean and fresh will help make a good first impression. Make it minimal Staged homes are free of clutter to create appeal for prospective buyers, mostly because they will be able to see the house they will potentially be living in. If you’ve got a lot of stuff, it might be worth renting storage for the time you’re staging your home (or utilising a very generous relative’s garage space!). De-personalise the house As a seller, your job is to help people see themselves living in your home. You do this by de-personalizing the house and staging it in a way that appeals to a broad audience. That means getting rid of too many family photographs, mementos that don’t work with the theme, or collections of trinkets that create clutter. Stage rooms to make the spaces seem larger Arrange furniture in a way that maximizes usable space within the house, like placing beds in the centre of the room with bedsides, pulling furniture away from the walls, creating different zones with furniture and using mirrors cleverly. This gives the impression that the home is larger than it actually is. Give each room a purpose Staging is about creating a lifestyle potential buyers can buy into. Give every room a purpose so the buyer can clearly see how they can use the space, like adding an office desk and chair to a small storage room. Create a cohesive theme Neutral hues are sophisticated enough to appeal to the masses, and allow prospective buyers to see the home as a blank canvas they can decorate in their own way. But this is not to say your whole home has to be painted white. Opt for greys, beige and other neutral hues that scream elegance – if you want to introduce colour do it with accessories and bedlinen. Add that lived-in layer Although it’s important to keep clutter to a minimum, you also don’t want your home to look sterile. Find the perfect balance of minimal and lived-in by reintroducing beautifully styled settings in the chosen theme on your coffee table, bedside tables and kitchen benchtops and shelving. Up the street appeal Street appeal is important when selling too, so don’t forget to show the outside of your home some love. Give it a fresh paint job or clean it thoroughly, clear the gutters, tidy garden beds, update the letterbox and create a clear path to the house. We used Ready Lawn to create a lush, green front yard. Head to exhibitone.co.nz for more home staging inspiration.