Tips On Staging Your House To Sell It Faster

If you have put up your house for sale in the market, then it doesn’t need to be clarified that you want it to sell fast. But you obviously don’t just want it to sell, you would also want to get the asking price that you originally have set. So whether you have put up your house for sale in Auckland or Switzerland, here are some ways to stage your home for fast sales:

  • Boost your curb appeal: There’s a lot, which depends upon the first impression. Many people who are thinking of seeing your house will first do a quick short drive by your house to see if it’s even worth a look inside. To make sure your home is ready for the visit, first power washes the walkways and siding, the plant just blooming flowers and other fresh greenery, mow your lawn and add fresh soil if needed, wash your front windows and repaint your porch floor if needed.
  • Have a welcoming porch: If you even have a little stoop, make sure that it says ‘welcome home’. But it should be written on a clean doormat and there must be some blooming potted plants nearby. If your porch is bigger then you should definitely put a few pieces of porch furniture therein. Make sure to keep the porch lights on in the evening, just in case some potential buyers think of driving by.
  • Keep your house clean: Every surface ranging from gleaming windows and shining floors to scrubbed grout and clean counters should be squeaky clean. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to ensure that you put your best step forward with your home. If your house is large then you might have to invest in hiring some pros. Also, hire them if there are tough spots which just aren’t coming out. Don’t skimp out on this step.
  • Take stock of your floors: If you are low on a budget regarding house maintenance and renovation while you are thinking of staging your home, even then do the bare minimum and clean all your floors thoroughly. Give your carpets a steam cleaning as well. But if you have wood floors, then do think about refinishing them if they are in a bad shape. If you don’t or can’t invest fully in floors in placing some area rugs strategically can also go a long way.
  • Style up your dining room: The dining room of any house is generally taken to be a blind spot when decorating the house. A huge empty dining table can look very uninviting, not to mention bare. So if you style it up keeping visitors in mind then it can certainly increase the appeal. But make sure to not overdo it as an oversized arrangement will work to make the area look too formal and stiff. Instead, you should opt for just lining up little vessels all the way down to the center of the table instead.
  • Get rid of all clutter: If you want to put your best foot forward with your house staging, then keep in mind that all clutter will have to go. It will certainly not be easy and you might even have to arrange for off-site storage or perhaps a garage. But it is worth all the trouble because of clean and clear surfaces, closets, floors, cupboards and such translate to more space for the potential buyers.

House selling depends a lot on how you opt to present it. So try to present the house, how you would like to be shown. Then you can entice buyers and get it sold faster.


Tips To Follow When Buying Furniture

When it’s time to move into a new house or maybe to get something new to spice up the old apartment, many people do opt for buying new furniture. There are many furniture stores in Auckland and nearby areas where the furniture stock is inviting. But no matter the store, one is always searching for quality along with a reasonable price. So here are some tips you should keep in mind while buying furniture:

Do some research on your wood types

While it may all seem the same, but wooden furniture falls into three distinct categories. This includes veneers, solid wood, and composite wood. Solid wood is generally more expensive but looks great. It can, however, be more susceptible to water rings and scratches. Veneers on another hand are made up of an inexpensive wood base which is covered up by multiple things layers of good quality wood. Composite board is made up of a combination of resin, wood pulp, plastics, and other furniture scraps. As one can imagine, these are the cheapest and can even be decent looking. But you shouldn’t expect them to last long.

Check the cabinets and drawers

When in the furniture store, make sure to open up the cabinets and drawers and check if it pulls all the way out. Along with this, make sure if it latches properly and then shuts properly and evenly as well. Check to ensure that the door open and remain open instead of snapping close. If they do then you should rethink buying that because it might be difficult for you to get things out.

Give a pass to glue and nails

Always look for furniture which has wood joined right at the corners and ends. Don’t go for the nailed in or glued ones. It is commonly known that wood joined pieces are sturdier and can sustain more weight.

Give your lifestyle a thought

When thinking about what fabrics and colors to choose, always let your lifestyle, make the choice. If you have a pet who climbs on furniture then choosing a white couch wouldn’t mesh well with that. Instead, opt for a sturdy, dark colored and stain resistant fabric in that regard.

Check the legs

The legs of your furniture should be joined to the frame and not nailed. It should also be made of wood and not heavy. There are rubber, metal and plastic legs, but they won’t be very nice to look at and they also won’t be able to hold much weight. Here’s a tip when it comes to sofas- if you are splurging on one, make sure that there’s a fifth leg as well. This will provide extra support and you surely won’t get them on cheaper sofas.

Check on the springs

If you are found of firm sofas then look for the ones which come with the traditionally could springs. For a softer one, go with the zigzag could. Before you finalize your buy, always take off the cushions and then press down right on the base of that sofa. Ideally, the coils should push down, but then they should immediately spring back into the right place.

Furniture buying depends on your taste and style,d but these tips will ensure that you don’t get duped into getting cheap furniture.