Staging & Styling Your Property


Home staging and styling is an art and can add significant value when it comes time to sell your property. 
 
Staging is the methodical process of preparing a property for sale in a way that will appeal to the highest number of buyers.
 
By decluttering, depersonalizing, and enhancing the positive aspects of your property, staging encourages potential buyers to immediately visualize themselves living in your house.   
 
 
 
 
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Below are the most important steps to consider when staging and styling your property



1. THE EXTERIOR 



  Street View of Property Exterior  

 

 

 

The street view of your property is one of the first things a buyer notices. It deserves particular attention and needs to give a great first impression. You can ensure your property has a great street view by following the simple steps below:
 
  1. Pressure clean the driveway & exterior to remove debris, dirt and stains.
  2. Ensure the grass is neatly mowed, raked and edged.
  3. Add mulch to garden beds and add seasonal plants/ flowers.
  4. Add flowering plants in oversized pots at the front door to give a cheery feel. 
 
These four steps will ensure your property appears easy to maintain, feels welcoming & gives a great first impression.


 

 

 
 
 

 

 


OUTDOOR LIVING

 
A well staged outdoor area will take the inside outdoors and create an extra living area that buyers will value. To create this extra living space, follow the simple steps below:
 
  • Clean up dead leaves and bugs, trim trees and bushes, pressure-wash floors and stain decks.
  • Freshen up gardens with mulch and seasonal plants.
  • Create privacy screens to block any undesirable views.  CLICK HERE for great tips on the best plants and screens to block out neighbours.
  • Add an outdoor table, chairs & bbq to create a sense of lifestyle.
  • Add colourful cushions & oversized pots with plants for decoration.


 

 

 

 

Outdoor Living

 

 
 

 

2. INTERIOR STYLING


 
When staging and styling the interior, make sure you present your property to be highly liveable to as many people as possible. You can start with the below steps which make a big impact on how buyers perceive your property. 
  1. When painting the interior walls or replacing the carpet, select a neutral colour scheme that will appeal to all buyers. 
  2. Replace old fixtures and fittings to make the space feel fresh again.
  3. Declutter and spring clean EVERY ROOM!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


KITCHEN

 
Kitchens rank very high on a buyer’s priority list. You will attract buyers with a kitchen that is clean, spacious and welcoming.

When staging the kitchen, keep it simple as outlined below:

  • Remove all appliances from counter-tops to give a more spacious feel.
  • Remove dish rack, soaps, old dishtowels, rubbish and fridge magnets to avoid clutter.
  • Add decorative canisters, a bowl of fruit, pretty cookbooks and *new* tea towels to bring the space to life.
  • If the kitchen has an island bench, ensure to add modern bar stools to create a sense of lifestyle.
  • Check out the video below for some other simple ideas for styling your kitchen.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING

 
A functional dining room should be spacious and create a vision of a great place to socialise. When staging the dining room, ensure you:
  • Choose a dining table to suit the space and minimise the number of dining chairs, as large furniture in a small dining room will diminish the space.
  • If it is a large space, add a large rug underneath the dining table to add warmth, colour and texture.
  • Add an attractive centerpeice arrangement to the dining table such as a runner and a vase of flowers to give the space style.
  • Add artwork and plants to liven up the room with some colour.


 

 

 
   


 

 

 


LIVING

 
The shape, size and architecture of the living room can guide you in successful staging.
 
When arranging furniture and accessorizing, you should be aware of function, flow and focal points. Balancing the furniture is critical for successful staging in all living room designs.


 

 

 
   

 
When staging and styling the living room, ensure to:
 
1. Allow for traffic flow by removing excess furniture and dominating objects.  Identify the focal point in the room (for example a window or fireplace) and position furniture groupings around to compliment the focal point. 
 
2. Keep window coverings simple to ensure as much natural light is let in as possible and add a contemporary floor lamp for extra light.
 
3. Add colour and texture in accent pieces like pillows, throws and a large rug.  Use a large mirror to create the illusion of space and light.
 
4. When accesorising, use neutral medium to large-sized accessories.  Larger accessories will be noticed and have more impact as you enter a room, whereas a lot of small accessories can appear as clutter.  Keep it simple such as an open book on the coffee table.
 
5. Greenery will add life to any room, fill an empty corner with a tall large leafed plant for dramatic impact.
 
6. Add a piece of artwork and ensure to select artwork at least 2/3 to 3/4 the width of what it’s hanging over.
 
 
 

3. BATHROOMS


   
  

 
As bathrooms are a private space you need to ensure it is sparkling clean with all personal items away. You can ensure your bathroom has a positive impact on buyers by:
 
  1. Avoid creating a theme within your bathroom, instead use a neutral theme.
  2. Add colour and texture with new towels, a new floor mat and a new shower curtain.
  3. Remove all personal items such as shampoo and toothbrushes.
  4. Use scented soaps, candles and flowers for decoration.
 
   

4. BEDROOMS

 
   
   
 
 
It is important for the function of each room to be clear and appeal to the highest number of buyers.
 
  1. Kids Rooms should be for sleeping, playing and studying NOT toy shops (put away kids toys).
  2. Guest Rooms should be relaxing and luxurious NOT your exercise room, ironing room, catch-all room (as guest rooms often end up being).
  3. Minimise clutter, wall hangings and remove any personal items so buyers feel comfortable in the space.
  4. Make storage areas appear generous by removing all out-of-season clothing and extra items.
  5. Make the bed look luxurious with a few euro pillows, normal pillows, extra cushions and at least one throw.
 
 
 

 

 

5. STAGING & STYLING SERVICES


Affinity Property has more than 15 years' experience in staging and styling properties for sale.  Our team also stage rental properties and we have worked on more than 30 residential development projects styling new residential houses, units, townhouses and retirement living. 

There are some great, low cost ways to stage and style your property so you can achieve the best sale price and the highest rent.


Staging & Styling Services we provide:

Steps to Make Your Investment Property Stand Out from the Crowd
Preparing Your Home for Sale to Get the Guaranteed Best Price
Renovation Project Management, Tips & Advice


Staging & Styling Services we use:



  Bunnings Warehouse for gardening, landscaping and homewares
  Amart Furniture affordable furniture and homewares
  Pillow Talk for soft furnishings and homewares
  Fantastic Furniture affordable furniture, homewares, soft furnishings and wall art





  Domain.com.au tips and ideas for renovating, styling & staging
  BoxBrownie.com for fantastic digital virtual staging

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We'd love to help you get the best price when you rent or sell.

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