How To Stage Your Home So You Can Get Your Property Off The Market Before The Stamp Duty Deadline

As the Stamp Duty Holiday Deadline gradually approaches, many sellers will be in a rush to get their property swiftly off the market by the 30th of September.

Additionally, Google searches for “houses to sale” have shot up by over 200% in the last month, as a result of lockdown ending. This suggests people are now feeling more comfortable about putting their property on the market and exploring other options.

In a competitive London market, first impressions are vital. The initial impression it makes on a potential buyer or tenant can make all the difference between a speedy transaction, or a property that lingers on the market for months.

Fortunately Tyrena Dangerfield, Head of Refurbishment and Interiors at Estate Agents Douglas & Gordon has put together simple yet effective ways to stage your home and show of your property in its best light.

  1. Front door, garden & hallway: Your front door is the first thing that potential buyers will see. Be sure that your front door is freshly painted, with welcoming flowers alongside the door. Most importantly, make sure that everything surrounding the front of your property is clean, clear from leaves and tidy.
  1. Kitchen: The kitchen is the hardest working room in the house and needs to be organised, tidy and clean! This goes without saying, but dirty dishes don’t leave a good impression!
  1. General cleaning: Clean the windows, wash the floors, open the windows and get some fresh air moving through the house.
  2. Decorate: Gloss paint has made a comeback as it bounces light around and makes small spaces really uplifted. Take stock of your furniture and decorations and give them a fresh lease on life if you need to.
  1. Change wardrobe and doorknobs – low-cost, high impact changes!: Clear out, donate clothes you do not wear anymore and keep your wardrobe neat and tidy as buyers will have a look inside!
  1. Carpets: One of the most important tips. If your carpets are marked, then have them cleaned or change them.
  1. Tidy, tidy, tidy!: Make your bed, pull back the curtains, put your clothes away! Don’t leave too much lying around the house as it highlights a lack of storage.
  1. Green fingers & gardens: Pot plants really zing up a room as they add life, colour, CO2, and they are very reasonably priced. Tidy up your garden, weed, get rid of old broken chairs, BBQ’s and plant up some pots with plants or edible veggies as these look fantastic when they start flowering in May.
  1. Minimise personal possessions: Too many photos or belongings can be overwhelming and distracting.
  1. Mantlescaping: Simple, yet so effective! Make the mantlepiece really appealing and decorate it beautifully.