First impressions count, whether it’s for estate agent photographs or house viewings with prospective buyers. Here are six ways to stage your home for a quicker, more profitable sale.

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Ditch the clutter

You want to create a warm, inspiring space where prospective buyers can envision themselves living, so avoid clutter or too many personal knick-knacks, which can make spaces look smaller. If a potential buyer is downsizing, a well-organised house will still feel adequately spacious; if they’re upsizing, the house won’t feel too vast.

A quick refresh

Attention to detail can make a big difference, and even a fresh lick of neutral-coloured paint, oiling squeaky door hinges, or repairing chipped skirting boards will make a home feel like it’s ready for buyers to move in.

Let in the light

You can open up the space and make it feel brighter by opening curtains and windows, putting up mirrors …