In this chapter of Eugene Koh’s Property Guide, I want to share with you what are the benefits of home staging.

In light of the current property market conditions, home buyers and tenants can be more selective on what they want. I have experienced client pass on buying a new launch condo simply because his balloting ticket number was “164”. (一六四 sounds very close to 一路死). It is important to present your apartment at its best appearance as the first impression always lasts.

Did a hurricane just come through here?

Home staging –  Creating the perfect first impression by decorating an unfurnished property with furniture and home items. It helps to exhibit how to utilise the space and to entice potential buyers or tenants to decide on your unit.

Here are some low-cost methods on staging your home for sale or rent:

  1. Remove clutter

The first thing to do is to remove all unnecessary stuff lying around your home. They may have some sentimental value to you, but it may not have the same effect on a stranger who is visiting your home for the first time. Put away all dusty ornaments, collectables, old photos and anything that does not belong. Note to self: more is less!

Decluttering of an old lady’s house. She still misses her cupboard boxes though.

 

  1. How does it smell like?

Ever walked into a room and immediately get blinded by the smell? Bad smells are a huge distraction and it leaves a bad impression. Clean to get rid of unpleasant smells. Use air freshener, essential oils diffuser or scented candles to seal the deal!

Try using different scents for different parts of the home:

Kitchen & Toilet – Citrus scents, citronella, lemon, lime, orange

Living Room – Soothing scents such as Sandalwood, Cedarwood, lemon grass

Bedroom – Flora scents like roses, jasmine, Lavender

Smelling good prevents distractions and makes you comfortable.

 

  1. Brighten up your home

Let your potential buyers step into a light and airy living room. Replace faulty bulbs with bright daylight bulbs for living rooms and kitchens. Warm lights are usually for bedrooms. Unblock windows as much as possible to allow natural sunlight.

Bright and spacious living room.

  1. Make your bedroom look cosy

Make sure your bedroom looks warm and relaxing. If you have a desk in your bedroom, sweep it clean of work materials and clutter, replace it with a vase with flowers. Use matching neutral coloured bed linen and keep accessories such as posters, framed photos and old items to a minimum. Think of how a hotel room look and keep it that way.

If your bedroom is well lit, use light or bright colours to bring out the best.

  1. Cleanliness is godliness

Cleaning can be such a chore but it is essential as it gives the illusion of things looking new. Spend some effort to clean walls, floors and furniture. Dust and cobwebs give the impression that the house has been vacant for a long time and subconsciously, potential buyers will be more cautious when approaching to close the deal

Do note – you don’t need to reinstate damaged furniture if it is still functional. Move the furniture to obstruct from view the parts that are damaged.

Cleanliness is godliness!

“My house is empty, I do not have nice furniture. What should I do?”

No worries, my team and I have solutions for helping you stage your apartment with nice decorations and furniture to make it look like a showroom unit. This is part of our service commitment to our clients who are serious about getting the best price for their unit. We also can arrange for our interior designer partners to do up a 3D mock-up of your apartment with virtual renovation in place.

 

 

Before 3D-Mock-up:

After 3D-Mock-up:

Home staging helps buyers feel excited when they come to view your property. A well-staged home leads to more people wanting to view and more excitement from viewing leads to offers. More offers will lead to a higher rate of closing the deal.

The 3D rendered photos of your apartment are free of charge so long as you are equally committed to selling/renting your apartment through us. We are happy to help turn your house to a dream home for the next potential customer. Drop us a text if you are interested to discuss further.

 

Eugene Koh

+65 90405508

Eugenekoh.aikyang@gmail.com

 

 

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