The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner’s furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don’t have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
[Music] hi there I'm Cornelius crouppen and welcome to all about property when putting your home on the market you want it to stand out between all the other properties that are also for sale especially in a buyers market and one way of doing this is through concept called home staging where strand real estate professional Hanna lien LaRue explained exactly why staging your home could lead to a quicker sale [Music] and indeed welcome to all about property Thank You Cornelius now Home Staging is very popular and it's been around overseas for a long time but relatively new in South Africa what exactly is Home Staging Home Staging is the process of neutralizing your home so that it appeals to a broader market what's the difference between home staging and interior design interior design is personalizing your property personalizing your home your tastes your look and feel we home staging is totally the opposite it is neutralizing this space taking yourself out of the property so that it appeals to a broader market and the buyer can identify with the property beta so when you say neutralizing the space is it what like like a hotel room almost like a Nutella room yes that is that is almost the space we want to create because everyone can identify with it it's not a personal place and that's what those staging is taking your personal taste out of the equation yes and letting allowing more and more people to to identify when they come via the box exactly that is exactly that now there are a lot of perceptions are there around home staging some people feel it's only for the upper end of the market others feel it's a very expensive process what are your thoughts around these perceptions home staging definitely need not be an expensive exercise on the contrary it is seldom that I advise sellers to go to great expense at that point in time you know people sell for different reasons and if it's a distressed situation you definitely don't want to put the seller in the situation we need to spend more money so no it does not need to be an expensive exercise cleaning decluttering doing the basic things is going to go a very very long way in getting the property sale ready now let's talk about some of these recommendations that you make to your to your clients firstly you believe in the philosophy that if you want to say ohm successfully less is more at this absolutely true you declutter is rule number one so your workbenches your workspaces in your kitchen is going to be clean your bathrooms are going to be clean and nothing standing around so what do the brushes do now its hide everything away hotel room scenario where you don't see anything in the kitchen fresh fruit on the dining table fresh flowers and it looks amazing in in the pictures light fresh light coming into a property in the property so on a show day definitely no animal smells fresh linen on the beats fresh fresh everything just to come back to what you mentioned earlier about neutralizing the space what do you do with your wedding photos against the wall the photos of your grandchildren on the piano where do you go with all these things we know in the selling process the idea of the selling process is that you're gonna move so start packing okay that's that's a yes so you you keep boxes and that that's really what I advise sellers to do I'm not saying pack everything away but you know we get sellers where the whole house is full of stuff and pictures and it's that is how it is it's your personal intimate space and it's perfect but once we enter into a sale process you have to also cut from the house you have to move art mentally and that's part of the mental process backing up start packing up yes now why is an uncluttered look so so important to a buyer if when they walk into that house it's very difficult is to identify with a property if all you see is someone else's stuff around and the more neutral it is the more clean it looks the easier it is to say oh yes I can live thee and you also recommendations around cleaning and maintenance what do you mean with that cleaning is so important besides decluttering cleaning as this is the second thing no one likes a dirty place you know and you spot it by a mile cleaning work goes with cleaning the air cleaning the yard so that it appeals to everyone it attracts more buyers now again I I can move that extra couch or the table but we don't go with these things that that I move up you know sometimes these space in a garage garage is more less a storage space so we don't need a clean showroom necessarily we the only thing that you see is to cause that that's not what a garage is so yes maybe these space in a garage or short term get a storage units so they are feely non expensive solutions aren't they and give away pay it forward give away to these lots of charities that would accept your donations with open arms so it's also an opportunity to to declutter your life absolutely and do you see a better success rate in homes that have been staged absolutely up to 70 percent remember only about 20% of people have the ability to visualize themselves in a space in an empty space very few people can visualize furniture or where they going to place things if it's completely empty the same goes with a place that's over cluttered they can't visualize themselves living the thee or seeing themselves the if it's so cluttered now just in closing AnnaLynne what would you say to the seller who says to you you know what I want to solve but I really don't have the time the energy or the money to go through this whole Home Staging process what would you say to that person are you really ready to sell because if you're really ready to sell I will assist you you know we you are going to as I've said before you are going to move do you really want to move are you ready to sell you know find me in a month or two when you've taken that final step because actions speak louder than words and it's small efforts that can really really assist in getting a better outcome for you well I'm a lunatic lovely chatting to you thank you very much thank you for doing this thank you [Music]