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You’ve made the decision. It’s time to move on and you’re getting ready to put your home on the market. Just remember that first impressions really do count. Before you start showing people around, you’ll need to spend some time staging your property to boost its appeal for prospective buyers.

You’ll probably need to spend money on bringing your property up to scratch – possibly on work that feels pointless as you won’t be around to enjoy the property’s lovely new look and feel. But spending a bit of money really could pay off in increased interest and higher offers. Just make sure you don’t overspend – you want to recoup as much of your staging expenditure as possible.

Take our full house tour with staging tips to make the most of every room:

Spa-like bathrooms – bathrooms and kitchens definitely sell houses, and if yours are looking a bit dated, a revamp could pay off. You don’t necessarily need a full bathroom refit though - think about replacing taps, mirrors or other fixtures and fittings.

Replace any broken tiles and mouldy sealant and give the place a good clean, scrubbing away all limescale deposits. Tidy away random toiletries and shampoo bottles and give the place a spa-like feel with rolled towels, quality scent diffusers and tropical plants.

The heart of the home – a new kitchen can be transformative. If your units are looking tired, it’s cheaper to replace your cabinet doors, while retaining carcases.  

Clear away all the clutter, mend anything that’s broken and make sure it’s all spotless for an elegant finish.

Blissful bedrooms - make sure your bedrooms have a calm, relaxed feel, with clean and neutral colour schemes. Keep the rooms tidy and impersonal and upgrade your bed-linen, adding cushions and throws.

Clear out the closet - sort through wardrobes to ensure they’re not crammed full of clothes. There are plenty of storage solutions, from Ikea and the like, to help turn your wardrobes into a carefully-ordered space.

Show don’t tell - if you use a spare bedroom as a study or storage area, demonstrate to buyers its true purpose. If you don’t have a spare bed, borrow one from a friend or buy second-hand. Similarly, if you have a double room with a single bed, make sure it is clear that the room can accommodate a double.  

Lovely living space – in the living room, put away anything that personalises the place too much; family photos, children’s drawings, birthday cards.  

Make sure bookshelves aren’t overstuffed – remove books that are looking tatty. And, if your home is overloaded with furniture, think about putting it in storage. Never ram it all into a garage or spare room - your prospective buyers might well peek inside.

Paint it pale - a lick of paint could make all the difference to securing a sale. This is especially true if your existing colour scheme involves dark or bright shades. White and pale hues have the advantage of reflecting light to make your rooms appear, not just bright and airy, but bigger too. You can also give the impression of size by adding a mirror or two and glass fixtures and fittings.  

Heaven scent - smell really is a big factor when it comes to selling, so avoid cooking anything too pungent before a viewing. Keep pets’ litter trays and cages spotlessly clean or consider sending them on a holiday while viewings are taking place.  

Artificial air fresheners can create a bad impression – opt for quality scent diffusers or scented candles or just open a few windows to really air the place before a viewing. Have carpets professionally cleaned, to get rid of any stains or lingering smells. Vases of fresh flowers around the house can have a great impact too.

The great outdoors - if you've neglected your garden, getting to work on it now is essential. Trim overgrown shrubs, cut the grass and clean the patio and garden furniture. If it’s looking a bit sparse, a few planted pots can make a difference.  

Boost your kerb appeal – the front of your house is the first thing buyers will see, so it needs to make a welcoming impression. Give your front door a lick of attractive-coloured paint and polish your door furniture. Clean your windows and, if you can, add a window box or two.

it's easy to begrudge giving a makeover to a place you will be leaving soon but, in most cases, it absolutely pays off. Investing a bit of time and money in sprucing up your property can help you to win over potential buyers and it might secure a higher offer too.   

Once you're happy with the results, please do give Garrett Whitelock a call. We’ll be happy to give you a valuation and advise you further about marketing your property to achieve the best price.