Real estate experts agree that decluttering and styling your home before putting it on the market adds real value. According to a survey of L J Hooker’s elite Innovation Team—the top agents in the LJ Hooker network—decluttering and styling your home can boost final sales price by between 7.5% and 12.5%. On a $600,000 house that could add $45,000–$75,000 to your sales price. And that’s money well spent.
But the benefits don’t end there. As well as higher sales prices, real estate agents also cite quicker sales, and more bidders, offers or interested parties inquiring about your property. 87% of L J Hooker’s top real estate agents believe you will earn a higher price by styling your property, while about half think you will receive more offers. Real estate agents report that the average time on the market for homes that have been styled to sell is only 33 days compared to 90 days for non-styled homes. Average time to exchange of contracts after being styled and listed is just 7 days!
Agents’ overall best property styling tips are:
- get rid of clutter
- clean up and trim the garden
- undertake necessary maintenance
- display fresh towels and throw pillows.
Top tips for Open House inspections are:
- declutter garage and cupboards
- remove pets and their paraphernalia
- display fresh, cut flowers.
Decluttering and home styling aren’t about spending money merely for the property to “look good”, but about spending as little as possible, as wisely as possible, so you can maximise your sales price and sell your home quickly.
According to top stylist and interior designer Sharonne Fourie buyers will buy the best home at the best price that meets their needs, and they will often subconsciously view homes looking for reasons why not to buy or to be able to offer a lower price. Decluttering and property styling help prospective buyers visualise how they can use the space to suit their own needs, and help ensure that potential buyers are given as little reason as possible to find fault with your property.
Decluttering and styling to sell also give you a head start on preparing for the move. Things used less often are already packed away, and you have begun to view your home as a product for sale. The process of decluttering and styling has helped you emotionally disconnect from your home in preparation for change, which greatly reduces the stress of selling and moving.