Presenting your home for sale or let

Published: 07/06/2023

Well, this is awkward. As an agent, we visit properties that we are positive we can sell or let, but discover it is in no fit state to be shown. However, it is still someone’s home and whether the issue is the overpowering smell of a beloved pet, decoration and repair requirements, or the out-of-control collection of beanie baby memorabilia; the subject of a major tidy-up and/or basic improvements has to be broached, without causing insult to the owner.

It can be a tough and tricky situation; at Haig Property, we ask owners to take down their personal belongings, so buyers can visualise their own things/belongings in each room. The way we look at it, getting started on the packing is a great thing!

Our American cousins present properties in the best possible light as part of their process, right from the start. But us Brits do not like, or enjoy, being told that that our beloved home needs some work to attract buyers or tenants.

Here are some figures to help: The Home Staging Association’s 2022 report revealed that 100% of property professionals of all kinds agreed that staging increases the number of viewings and that homebuyers spend more time viewing a staged home as opposed to a non-staged home. Plus, the average time on the market for non-styled homes is 99 days, whereas for staged homes it’s just 45.
Think of it this way, when you put your car up for sale, we take it to be valeted, tyres shined, and displaying one of those fancy tree air fresheners to make it smell new. Now it’s sparkling clean and looking amazing, as you want it to look its best to achieve its best price. When it comes to selling your home, the same logic is not always used, why?

Of course, not all homes need staging and a lot of vendors might not have the budget available, nor a second property to live in, whilst the home they are selling is filled with rental furniture. At Haig we understand this and can work alongside you and provide guidance and advice on using your own furniture and belongings to create an amazing space to showcase to the world. Remember; imitation is one of the biggest forms of flattery, so don’t be afraid to look at Instagram, Facebook or Pintrest and see how the professionals do it. Search #homestaging and you will get more than three million results with ideas that can help; from strategically placed vases of flowers, candles, cushions and throws, to the placement of mirrors, lighting and plug-in air fresheners, to make your home look brighter, larger and smell great.

Of course, as with most things, it’s a matter of judgement and professional advice. If you are on the market and not getting the results that you had hoped for, contact the team at Haig Property and let’s see what we can do to help, hopefully it won’t be too awkward.