Is my house suitable for home staging?

You stage a home for sale to add value, so there’s no financial benefit to staging a doer upper.  Staging helps a buyer fall in love with a home by showcasing what exists ‘at its best’.  If the interiors are so dated or need larger scale structural work then staging is a waste of time and money.

Most rooms are relatively easy to update with paint, window treatments, rugs, furnishings and accessories.  Kitchens and bathrooms are expensive to replace but you may be surprised how a thorough clean, de-clutter and some new or re-purposed accessories can transform a space to wow potential buyers.

Remember staging is an investment and costs less than your first price reduction.

Furniture placement should be inviting and allow comfortable flow between rooms.

Interior trends are relatively cyclical and styles from the past re-emerge with an alternate vibe, giving you plenty to work with when presenting your home for sale.

You still want to appeal to your target market, so think about their wants and needs before diving in.  A blank canvas is a safer bet and will appeal to a wider variety of buyers.


  • Dated but in good condition
  • Can be freshened up with paint, furnishings and accessories
  • A few small DIY jobs
  • Kitchen units can be upgraded with paint
  • Bathroom can be improved with painting and accessorising


  • Kitchen is falling apart
  • Bathroom has seen better days
  • Roof needs replacing
  • Windows and doors are rotten and un-salvageable
  • Smartening the house up is not cost effective

If you’re still in doubt, get in touch…

Sarah Dewhirst  |  +44 (0)7876 680678  |

Next week:  Two tired bedrooms and a bathroom become an open plan kitchen

How we live is different to how we sell…

Unless you’re super organised and your house is always tidy you may need a serious de-clutter before putting your house on the market.

We all like to live in a nice home, but life gets in the way and sometimes it’s just easier to keep paperwork and stuff lying around.  When you’re not selling you can live exactly as you choose, but cluttered houses appear smaller, busy and stressful when selling..

So if you’re looking to sell for as much as you can, it’s best to put the time in up-front and reap the rewards later.  Clear work surfaces and make the space look easy to live in.

I buy and sell houses quite frequently and it’s admittedly hard work living in a ‘showing ready’ home, but it does mean your home will sell faster and you only have to have a quick tidy up before viewings.

Kitchens and bathrooms are key rooms to keep clean, as no one wants to see hair or tide marks in the bath or toothpaste and water stains in the sink.  Clean floors, windows and dress rooms so a buyer feels they could just move in.

Take a look at the pictures above.  I know this is the same workspace, but which one looks the most inviting and conducive to work?

Remember you’re selling a lifestyle not just a home…

Sarah Dewhirst  | +44 (0)7876 680678  |

Next week:  Is my house suitable for home staging?

What to hide when selling your home…

Remember you’re selling a dream and a lifestyle, not just a house…

If a viewer sees your clothes airer full of washing, they’re immediately going to think ‘ugh housework’ and where will I put the clothes airer when I live here?  The thought of housework puts an undesirable thought in a potential buyers mind, which you want to avoid when showing your home.  Accentuating the positives and minimising the negatives is the way to go as you want them to leave with good vibes and memories.

Washing – this includes items on clothes airers, drying on radiators, or piles of clothes to iron or put away.

Valuables – Tablets, Phones, Cameras and Jewellery etc

Sensitive Documents – Anything with personal details which could be taken or read.  Some people view houses just to be nosy and you don’t know the people looking around, This is particularly important if you are not present for the viewings.

Toothbrushes & Sponges – Nobody wants to see used toothbrushes and dirty, smelly, misshapen cleaning cloths or sponges.  Hide them in a cabinet, storage basket or pop in the bin.  If they’ve left a dirty stain mop that up too.

Vacuum Cleaner, Iron, Ironing Board, Bins – These need to be accessible but stored in cupboards so you can vac up before viewings.  It’s reassuring for a potential buyer to see there is ample storage for these things.

Medication – Not to mention the health risk to a child, but buyers don’t want to be distracted by your ailments.  You want them to be looking at how lovely your home is.

Clutter – We all accumulate ‘stuff’ and like to keep things to hand, but store small items in baskets out of sight.  If your bookshelves are full of lovely books, pack some away to give the impression you haven’t outgrown the space.

I know it’s tempting to stuff fitted cupboards full of things you’re trying to hide, but buyers may well want to look inside fitted cupboards as they are part of the sale. Overflowing wardrobes also give an impression there isn’t enough space.

Happy organising…

Sarah Dewhirst  |  +44 (0)7876 680678  |

Which rooms are most important when selling your home?

So which rooms do you think are most important when selling your home?

Well the simple answer is the most disruptive and costly rooms to change, such as kitchens and bathrooms.  The master bedroom and living room are also of high importance, as is the hallway in creating that ‘all important first impression’.

Dated rooms can be cleverly updated by decluttering and adding accessories and furnishings to suit the target market.  Even if a buyer plans to alter the kitchen or bathroom at a later date, it’s reassuring to know it’s clean, functioning and usable as soon as they move in.

We love the challenge of transforming dated rooms, so if you would like personalised advice for your home please get in touch…

Sarah Dewhirst  |  +44 (0)7876 680678  |

Price, Promotion, Presentation…

Selling your home and feeling overwhelmed with the mammoth task ahead?

Moving house is one of life’s most stressful experiences.

The selling process will involve:

  • Obtaining at least 3 valuations from local and reputable estate agents
  • Selecting an estate agent to promote your home
  • Choosing an efficient, thorough and reputable conveyancer
  • Finishing unfinished DIY jobs in the house
  • Ensuring you have certificates and planning permission for any building work
  • Presenting your home beautifully for sale
  • Keeping the house looking wonderful for viewings

There are 3 things you must get right to successfully sell your home…

Price, Promotion & Presentation

  • Price

The agent will guide you on this one, depending on how quickly you want to sell.  You can try an aspirational price for a short time, but reduce if buyer feedback suggests it is too costly.

  • Promotion

The agent will do this online, in their shop window and by consulting their list of interested buyers.

  • Presentation

This is where you come in and if you want to capitalise on your property investment you need to ensure your home looks its Sunday best.  If your home looks effortlessly stylish, clean and tidy you’re onto a winner.  Think hotel or show house and you will have the right idea in mind.

If you have no time, clue or inclination to do the work required to sell your home, I can help prioritise tasks and work with you to ensure your house looks its best for the target market.  I can work with your existing furnishings or rent furniture to dress your home.

Sarah Dewhirst  |  +44 (0)7876 680678  |



Kerb Appeal…

Spring is the best time of year to sell property when Christmas is over, days are getting longer and the warmer weather is on its way.  Buying a house in spring means you’ll likely be moved in and settled by summer when the weather is drier and warmer.  You may even get to enjoy the summer holidays in your new home…

Preparing your house for sale can take a little while, so it pays to start early and hit the ground running.

Kerb appeal is vital as ‘first impressions last’!

Make sure your windows, doors and fascias are clean and in good condition, and the front garden is neat and welcoming with a freshly mown lawn and flowers.  Polish hardware until it gleams, so buyers can see you really look after your home.  Is your house number or name clean and easy to see?

Jet wash and remove weeds from driveways and paths for that cared for look.  An outside wall light or solar-powered garden lights make it easier to find your keys and add a bit of style and luxury to your home.

Relocate wheelie or recycling bins during viewings and offer to tidy your neighbour’s garden if it detracts from the appeal of your home…

Living Room Wallpaper…

The living room is looking a little plain and needs more depth, colour and texture, so I’m looking at wallpaper for the alcoves to resolve the issue.


I’ve sent off for samples of this fantastic wallpaper for my lounge alcoves.The dusky pink colour is the front runner at the moment with the green and blue close behind.

What do you think boys and girls?

What on Earth is Home Staging?

Home Staging is a growing industry that originated in America over 10 years ago and more and more Home Stagers are popping up around the UK.

It’s safe to say the industry is still in its infancy, but I’m working on educating people about the many benefits presenting homes well for sale brings to homeowners; particularly in a depressed market.

Almost everyone I’ve spoken to about my business has no idea what I do and how homeowners can benefit from this service.

Looking through the local properties for sale online, the majority of homes would benefit from some level of staging. The majority of improvements can be made with Home Staging techniques and some time and effort.

For many people a home is their largest investment, so it’s prudent to maximise it’s potential. Savvy sellers are putting their ego’s aside and presenting homes to appeal to the broadest number of buyers. Where’s the benefit in taking negative buyer feedback about your decor personally and refusing to make changes? You’ll end up frustrated and stuck in a house that doesn’t sell or sells for less than it should, because the majority of buyers can’t envisage it being anything other than what they see.

Moving house is one of life’s most stressful experiences, so why prolong that stress when a resolution is just a phone call or email away. You will have to pack your things to move house, so why not start now and ease the pressure down the line.

When selling your home you need to make a buyer fall in love with it, so it’s key to make it look as desirable, light and spacious as possible. It’s difficult to be objective about our own homes, so an objective Home Staging expert is a great person to have on your side when selling your home. Many of us wouldn’t dream of selling a home without an Estate Agent because we don’t have the advertising resources and connections they have. Home Staging is a complementary service available to sellers who want to be frontrunners when selling their homes.

Sarah Edmonds is a Home Stager & Stylist for the York area. Move yourself closer to a ‘SOLD sign’ in your front garden by contacting her today…

Stairs be gone…

Sometimes changing a staircase is the best space-saving solution for a property, even though tearing out a staircase may seem like major cost and upheaval.  The cost of this staircase for parts and labour meant an additional bedroom could be added by re-arranging the upstairs layout.  Adding an additional bedroom to this property added around £10k to the value of the house, so the small spend was easily recouped.

To remove a staircase it has to be dissembled bit by bit, first taking out the risers and treads before the structure can be removed from the wall.  The guys do this all in a day and it’s physically quite hard work.

In this house changing the staircase was a must in order to create sufficient space in the master bedroom.  Moving the staircase only created a square meter of additional space but that space was key to the functionality of the room.

The new staircase was built on site and installed over the course of a day.  New staircases must comply with building regulations, particularly in relation to width, structural walls and head height.

Underneath the staircase was all boxed in to create a very useful pantry which was accessible from the kitchen.

Here is the completed staircase which now switches direction with the use of kite winder steps…