Aquarius Home Staging: Maximising the Potential
We talk to Aquarius Home Staging about preparing properties for sale.
What is home staging? Home staging is a well-established practice in the US but here, in the UK, it is not so wide-spread mostly due to people not being aware of it – however, it is starting to catch up. It involves maximising a home’s potential prior to sale or rental.
I worked in interior design for many years but when I temporarily moved to America. I got involved in home staging. On return to the UK, I decided to start my own home staging company.
Why home stage?
When selling a property, ﬁrst impressions are crucial, so presentation is really important, especially in the present slow market.
Home staging causes minimal upheaval, it can take as little as half a day to stage a property and the cost is relatively low. However, home staging makes a big difference; the latest ﬁgures by the Home Staging Association (compiled by interviewing estate agents and property developers), show that staged properties sell three times faster than nonstaged and they achieve an increase in offer value by up to 10%.
It also increases the number of viewings as it helps create more attractive photographs for marketing.
What does home staging usually involve?
My aim is always to help people reach a wide range of potential buyers or tenants. The work will depend on the property, typically, we start with de-cluttering and re-organising furniture layout to maximise the space. We also organise storage where needed. We will often try to work with what people have and just inject some new life to the interior with carefully selected new furnishings, accessories and art. We can buy these for the client or they can rent them for a few weeks while needed. We can also do paint touchups or minor repairs so that the buyer does not try to lower the offer because of a simple crack on the wall.
We will tackle all aspects of the property, starting from the front appeal, through the whole house, to the back garden.
We usually advise furniture rental and styling of empty properties so that potential buyers or tenants can visualise them as their home.
“Maria has a fantastic eye for style and knows how to make every room look its absolute best. Her attention to detail is amazing and is able to make a big impact on an economical scale. I have often used her services and always been very pleased. Mrs Martina Botros, Wimbledon
Aquarius Home Staging & Decorating