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How to Drive a Bidding War for Your Home With These 5 Home Staging Tips

Maelyn Lagman

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A few weeks ago, we shared that the #1 thing you need to know when selling your home is your home valuation. (You can get a free home valuation for your HDB or condo with our home free home e-Valuation tool Homer AI.)

Your home valuation can determine how high you sell your home, but the only way you’re going to have to be able to negotiate your listing is by getting potential home buyers to be interested in your listing and view your home.

How can you attract tons of buyers to your listing?

With so many listings posted on property platforms, it may seem difficult to stand out from the crowd. But if there’s anything we’ve learned after launching our property listing platform in 2016, it’s that there are steps you can take to grab the attention of potential buyers. 

Mainly, home staging

Home staging

What is home staging?

Home staging is the act of preparing your home for sale or for rent in the property market to make it look more appealing to the highest number of potential buyers or tenants, thereby selling the property more quickly and for a higher price.

But contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually have to spend thousands of dollars for a home staging professional. You can do the job yourself for a fraction of the cost.

Here are 5 home staging tactics you can do to enhance your HDB resale flat’s value:

1. Declutter your home

Remember that less is more. Potential buyers should be able to observe the main structure and features of your home without getting distracted by your personal belongings. We recommend Marie Kondo-ing your home, like throwing away or donating (or at least keeping out of sight) the things that no longer ‘spark joy’.

2. Clean all surfaces & organise your furniture

First impressions are everything. As people say, cleanliness is next to godliness. Mop your floors, dust yourselves, sofa, and other surfaces to make your place before taking your home photos.

3. Take advantage of natural lighting

Your buyers want to imagine themselves standing, resting, and living in your property. Literally envisioning it to be their next home. They’ll need to see the walkways, the bedrooms, the dining area, and the kitchen. Fill it with as much natural light as possible, so take your photos in the morning, with all the windows open and curtains aside to let the light in. 

4. Accentuate the spaciousness of your unit

One way to do this is to remove any bulky furniture in your living room, if you have them. If you have too many tables or too many chairs (which you may be bound to do if you regularly host people over), you can consider selling them or putting them in storage. These types of furniture make your space look small. On the other hand, the room can also look weird if your furniture is too small. So, find a balance.

And make sure all your furniture is clean as well. If your sofa fabric is stained, do get them cleaned before a home viewing. 

5. Create a minimalist kitchen

A kitchen is often the heart of the home, but it shouldn’t look too lived-in when you’re trying to sell it. You can remove the clutter on your counters and dining table, and try displaying a bowl of lemons or limes. Pro tip: If you rub a cut lemon inside of the sink your kitchen will smell great for hours. 

Bonus Tip: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to liven up your space. This goes for your walls as well as your floor. Using high-gloss paint will make your floors extra shiny, which definitely makes a difference in pictures and in viewings. Nothing’s worse than walking on what looks like dirty floors, even if they’re not really dirty and just look dull. But also, make sure to consider your furniture and other home decor so that the colours or patterns don’t clash.

These may sound simple and easy to do, but actually doing them—and doing them well—takes a lot of time and effort. It gets easier the more you do it, though, so keep at it!

If you manage to squeeze in a handful of extra interested buyers, it could mean one of them outbidding the other by a few thousand dollars. Well worth the day or two doing spring cleaning. 

Our Super Agents can help you figure out what exactly you need to do to beautify your home before taking photos for your listing.

Let Ohmyhome Super Agents advise you on the best way to stage your home and drive a bidding way for your HDB resale listing

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With decades of experience under their belts and thousands of happy sellers served, our Super Agents are equipped to advise you on what you need to do to stage your home well for viewings and sell it at the best price to the right buyer. Drop us a message on WhatsApp today so we can get you more profits, more efficiently.

Not ready to speak with an agent? Get to know everything about your home with your digital agent, Homer AI

Homer AI is our home ownership management & e-Valuation tool that will provide an accurate estimation of your home valuation that’s updated every month, so you can track if it increased, stayed the same, or decreased.

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Homer AI can also help you:

  • Estimate how high you can sell your home. With an accurate home valuation, you’ll know the exact market rate for your home and negotiate with confidence. 
  • Financially plan for your next dream home. How much do you actually get to keep? Do you have enough for your next home? Relax, leave the calculations to Homer AI.
  • Stay updated on the property market. No more waking up to thousands of news articles about new cooling measures. Get it straight from one source.

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