How to achieve a successful sale

Many of our clients have difficulty finding the time, motivation or energy to prepare their home for sale. So, we’ve developed the Meldrum Salter Edgley Guide to Home Staging to highlight the key steps you should take to help you gain the highest sale price for your home in the shortest possible time.

What is Home Staging?

‘Home Staging’ involves preparing a home for sale, with a special emphasis on presentation and appearance, to achieve the best possible price and a quick sale.

Why Home Stage your property?

The process of Home Staging:

  • Helps you think like a buyer to make the most of every opportunity
  • Assists with de-cluttering and organising in advance of moving - to save you removal costs for items you don’t actually want or need
  • Sets your home above similar houses
  • Makes your home appear more attractive, light, bright and spacious

And most importantly, it:

  • Maximises the price achieved from the sale
  • Increases the likelihood of a quick sale

Avoid the ‘drive by’!

You only have one chance to make potential buyers fall in love with your home, and it is well-recognised by property professionals that the real key to success and a rapid sale is the first impression it gives.

The appearance of the exterior can make a huge difference as to how positively the interior will be viewed and most people find it hard to see through disorganised, cluttered or overdressed rooms.

Some tidying and a little cosmetic work can really make the difference between getting a sale or losing the buyer’s interest as they drive by for a quick look before a formal viewing.

Download the Meldrum Salter Edgley Guide to Home Staging now - packed with practical tips to help you achieve a successful sale.

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