Preparing your home for viewers, or ‘staging’ as it’s called is important.  It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can add value to your home.  Below are some tips to prepare your home for selling.

DECLUTTER

Declutter – get rid of all the excess stuff that has accumulated in every nook and cranny.  Put it in storage or give it to a friend.  Clutter you no longer want give to charity to sell or Ebay or take to a car boot sale.

People need to be able to envisage what the property would look like if they were living there.  So, the less clutter around the better.

Consider removing any bulky furniture that make the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture.

Give your walls a fresh lick of paint, neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger.  If your walls are a bright colour like purple or lime green this may be off putting to potential buyers.

CREATE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

Give the front door a new coat of paint if it needs it or clean the front door so it looks appealing.  Update the outside lights and put a potted plant or hanging baskets either side of the front door.

The entrance hall creates a first impression.  Make sure it is the right impression.  Paint it a neutral colour, remove any bulky furniture, upgrade the lighting and if you feel you need colour, add it with accessories and a rug.

Make any minor repairs – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets.  Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this.

CLEAN & TIDY

Clean everything until it sparkles.  Get rid of lime scale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels.

Tidy up the garden.  Cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture from moss and dirt and cut the grass.  This may help people visualise themselves using the garden.

The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house.  Declutter surfaces and clean the kitchen thoroughly.  Just leave a bowl of fresh fruit out.

Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter.  Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways.

Clean windows inside and out, replace any broken light bulbs.  Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive.

CREATE A HOMEY FEEL

Ensure you have lamps in any dark corners.  Putting a soft lamp in a bedroom will create a warm glow.

If it’s a cold evening, or even chilly day light your fire if you have one.  If you don’t have a fire ensure the fireplace is clean.

Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down.  Buy some cheap ones e.g. from Ikea if necessary.

Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell lovely.  So, does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.

DEAL WITH SMELLS

Bad smells are the biggest turn off for prospective buyers.  Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell.  Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke and wash grimy sheets.

If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for 3 days.  Though the vinegar will smell, when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking most of the stale cigarette smell out with it.

Good smells can make a property feel like an alluring home.  While it might be impractical to bake fresh bread, cakes for every viewer that visits your home, you could perhaps brew some fresh coffee.

PETS

If you have pets – some love them, some hate them and some are allergic to them so make sure that on the viewing they are out of the house.  Preferably on a walk or in the garden.  Pet lovers will pay more attention to your pet and less attention to the home.  Pet haters will feel uncomfortable, completely on their guard and rush around your property as soon as they can.  If you have a pet remove food bowls, baskets and litter trays.

EMOTIONS

It is interesting how emotions can play a big part in selling your home and emotional blockages can be very powerful even when the home has been prepared.  2 weeks ago we sold our home the same day it was put on the market, yet a year ago when we tried we struggled to get interest and gave up.  The main reason was mainly due to both parties not being on board with emotionally letting go of the property.  This time both of us were focussed on the moving and in addition the energy in relation to our personal 9 Star Ki Astrology is more supportive for 2024. 

GEOPATHIC STRESS

Have your home checked for any Geopathic Stress issues.   Geopathic Stress or harmful earth energy is a natural radiation that rises up through the earth and is distorted by weak electromagnetic fields, created by subterranean running water, certain mineral concentrations and geological faults. 

Sometimes potential buyers can sense this energy as they walk into your home as it gives them an uneasy feeling.

Geopathic Stress has been found to be the most common factor in most serious long term illnesses and psychological conditions.

SPACE CLEARING CEREMONY

Space clearing creates room for expansion, helping you to manifest what you want in life.  This is because by clearing the energy field in your living space and your aura, this will allow clearer messages to be sent to the Universe, and space is created for something new to enter your life. 

Taking the time to space clear your home helps you to focus your intention.  It will also ensure a welcoming atmosphere and make your home feel lighter and brighter. 

Jackie runs feng shui workshops throughout the year and is available for feng shui consultations and energy cleansing.

Jackie Tyrrell

www.fengshuipathway.co.uk


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