It’s said that buyers make a purchasing decision on a house within the first 30 seconds of viewing. First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home and allowing buyers the space to see themselves living in your home comes a close second. And once you’ve got that right, if you can create a feeling of aspiration, then you may have buyers beating at your door. Making a small investment in getting the interior and styling of your home right when preparing to sell, may lead to a swift and stress-free sale.
Create Curb Appeal
Like a shop window, your property frontage is key to creating a positive first impression. It will help you appear smarter and more inviting than your neighbours. A secure and attractive front door with matching door furniture, a weed free path and a well-tended garden will leave a buyer wanting to see more. Consider repainting your door – heritage blue against red brick, French grey against Cotswold stone or a dark inky green against white stucco can give your home real curb appeal.
Declutter and Curate
Once you have decided to sell your home it’s a good idea to distance yourself and view it from an outsider’s perspective. Editing and decluttering will help you start the moving process both from a practical and emotional perspective. Go through everything you own deciding what you will take with you, sorting out what you no longer need ready to sell, donate or give away. Once decluttered, you can edit the rest, leaving just enough furniture to enable to you to live comfortably while making your home appear spacious. Remove the majority of your personal possessions leaving your home organised while not appearing too ‘lived in’ as this will give potential buyers space to see their own things in your home.
Sweat the Small Stuff
Finish any work in progress, outstanding DIY jobs and general maintenance. Clear guttering, fix wonky shelving, tighten loose handles, replace broken toilet seats and get rid of that garden rubbish. These things make a home appear uncared for and may leave buyers thinking that if the basics are not in order, what else may be wrong with your home.
Clean and Tidy
Give your home a deep clean prior to sale, focussing on kitchen appliances, bathrooms, windows and floors. Professional cleaning companies offer a range of services from oven cleaning and bathroom descaling to carpet refreshing and a general tidy up. Wash walls, skirting boards and tiles, dry clean sofa covers and curtains and spot clean rugs, blinds and upholstery. Having a clean, fresh smelling home is essential, especially if you have share your home with a beloved pet or sticky-fingered toddlers.
Everyone wants to put their own stamp on a home, so when it comes to helping a buyer see themselves in yours, make it easy for them by refreshing your interior decoration with neutral tones and natural flooring. Not only does this give purchasers a blank canvas onto which they can project their own style, it will make your home feel light, airy and spacious. Neutral doesn’t necessarily mean magnolia – you can still get creative with neutral colour palettes.
Repaint skirting boards, architraves and doors to make your home look clean and consider removing time worn carpets. You may even find wooden floorboards below, which, with a good clean and polish may become a key selling point.
Highlight Period Details
Period details can be attractive to buyers and coving, architraves and ceiling roses in character homes will add value. You can easily highlight these by painting them in a semi-gloss finish in the same colour as the ceiling. Original fireplaces, windows, doors and detailing should be on show and tidied up with new window and door furniture, sills and surrounds.
Inbuilt storage can increase the appeal of a home, especially to first time buyers or those with children and their associated clutter. Window seats, under stairs shelving and built in wardrobes can be a great investment and help elevate your home against the competition.
Old, worn furniture can make space look tired and dated. Rather than go to the expense of buying new, simply to sell your home, consider renting furniture or up-cycling some of your own items to bring them up to date. This may involve painting, upholstering and repurposing and you may fall back in love with old pieces and end up taking them with you!
Stage & Style
Placing furniture against walls to make a room appear larger is a myth. Consider grouping pieces to create distinct zones and make more sense of a space. Keep personal possessions to a minimum and consider engaging the services of an interior stylist to give your home that creative edge and make it more memorable. Make sure the bathroom has clean towels, the bed is made and sofa plumped.
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