Could home staging help sell our house? We are currently in the process of trying to sell our house. But with the current stagnant housing market in southern England, this has proved to be extremely difficult. The house has been on the market for a few months. So last week we decided to give it one last push before the winter sets in to see if we can sell before Christmas.
The photos that we had taken in the spring were looking decidedly old. I therefore asked my friend Julie Stevens, an amazing Interior Designer and Approved House Doctor Consultant, from Younique Designs, to have a look at the photos that were on the online portals Zoopla and Rightmove
What a revelation!!
She saw things that I hadn’t seen or even been aware of and looking back I am, quite frankly embarrassed about having had these images available for all to see on the worldwide web!!
With Julie’s advice and guidance (and spending over £300 at our local soft furnishings store!) I spent 2 days moving, hiding and donating our stuff; plus “dressing” the rooms so that they looked more luxurious, neutral and clutter free. I have to say it was money well spent as the rooms look so much better. AND we can take everything with us to the new house.
This whole process got me thinking about the analogy between dressing a house and dressing a body…..
How the principles of home staging can be utilised in your wardrobe
1 Accessorise – I love accessories and no outfit is complete without some jewellery, a scarf &/or a fabulous handbag. Accessories are the secret sauce that make your outfits unique and interesting. The same concept applies to dressing a house. Adding cushions, throws, vases, lamps, pictures, candles and rugs can make all the difference to how a room looks – transforming it from functional or bare to interesting and luxurious.
2 Co-ordination and colour – ensuring that the colours in your outfit work with one another is another important aspect to successful dressing. Sticking to a colour palette will help you to create a capsule wardrobe and make it easy to add new clothes and colours. When home staging it is important that the colours co-ordinate and work together. This continuity can be within one room or throughout the house. Julie explained that for visual interest it is good to add an accent colour (we added teal blue cushions and a bowl in the lounge to pick out the blue in an existing picture).
3 Grooming – good grooming will show that you care about yourself. For example, if you take the time and care to wash your hair, apply make-up and clean your shoes the implication is that you will care about your work and the things that you do. Within the context of home staging I learnt that this is all about tidying and clearing clutter. The house can then be seen at its best. Ensure that you remove things from under the bed, clear the mantelpiece of all your old photos and tidy your bookshelves!!
I’m sure that there are many more analogies that we could apply, but the whole home staging process has certainly given me food for thought and has inspired me to keep the house tidy and clutter free from now on!
Embarrassed as I am with the before pictures – here are some before and after photos. The house is still for sale but we have a number of viewings arranged this weekend, so fingers crossed….
If you would like to find out more about Julie and her work please go to her website – http://youniquedesigns.co.uk/