When you put your house up for sale, there are many big decisions you have to make, such as which agent to hire, the best time to sell, which method of selling to use, etc.
But there are also those little decisions, such as whether you should hire a professional property stylist and rent furniture for your marketing campaign.
I always advise my clients to hire professionals to fit out their home, and here are the reasons why:
Play down those imperfections
You’d probably walked into a home for an open inspection and quickly noticed a few flaws like a crack on the wall or worn carpets. It’s been my experience that simply adding furniture in bare rooms ensures that flaws are not the only things noticed by prospective buyers. You’re not trying to conceal the imperfections of your house, you’re highlighting its strong features so that the imperfections are not the last thing on the prospective buyer’s memory.
Build a feeling of liveability
For some buyers it’s difficult to envision a life in a home if they only see empty rooms. For these types of buyers, furniture is the solution. When selling a house, make it as easy as possible for the buyer to imagine themselves living there. Make every room a winner whether you’re selling an apartment or a five-bedroom property.
Increase the price
A stylist will take a look at your house and determine how best to improve its appearance to give the highest possible price a buyer might pay. The stylist might even recommend additional major improvements that could be worth spending on to increase the likelihood of bringing maximum results. The job of a stylist is to assist your agents opinion and assess a house that is on sale, organise estimates for furniture rental, and give sellers advice on what improvements they need to do in order to sell their house.
How much does it cost?
The cost of hiring a stylist and furniture is generally between $3500 and $10,000, depending on how much furniture is required. Though it’s virtually impossible to quantify how much you’ll get for your house than if you’d left it un-styled, it’s a fair bet that it’s higher than what you’d spend and in my experience we have always achieved a higher price than our sellers expected.
For sellers on a budget, you can always opt to partially furniture your property. I often say to my clients that first impression is the most crucial – the spaces that the buyers see first and gravitate towards are the rooms that must be styled.
There are many other rules and tips to styling which we can discuss at your personal appointment. Call me directly on 0418447856.