If you’re thinking of selling your home, now is the time to start thinking about how to present your home in the best possible light.
Clever decorating tactics from G4H can assist highlight a home’s assets while also providing a better sense of space size to potential buyers. A well-styled room can also assist in painting a picture of how various rooms can be utilized.
The first impression potential buyers receive of your house is through images, according to Belle Property Sandringham director Jenny Dwyer, and here is where clever style can make all the difference.
“Your real-estate marketing photographs are truly your window to the world – your first point of contact with the buyers out there,” Jenny explains. “It’s because of them that people want to come through the property in the first place.” Of course, once your home is spotless for the images, attempt to keep it that way throughout the property inspections as well.
Here are some helpful hints to help you get started and style your home like an expert.
Seven expert interior style suggestions to help you prepare your home for sale
Personal belongings should be removed.
Start by making the home less about you, says Alex Davidson, a property styling expert at Zenza Interiors.
Remove all images of relatives and friends, particularly those on a gallery wall, and replace them with a single artwork or nothing at all. “You want a buyer to see themselves living there and build their own attachment to the home,” she explains.
Also, don’t forget to clean up the fridge door by removing party invitations, school announcements, and children’s artwork. Framed diplomas, certificates, degrees, sports medals, trophies, and souvenirs, which are frequently exhibited in studies and bedrooms, should also be packed away.
Avoid polarizing your buyer.
Artwork may liven up a space, but Jenny advises choosing thoughtfully and avoiding iconography and colors that can be polarizing. (Read more: An artist’s guide to art investing.)
“We wouldn’t advocate it when attempting to appeal to the public if it’s too loud, too strong, too colorful, or too confronting,” she adds.
Alex believes that watercolours soften a room, and that blues and greens are her favorites because they make people feel calm and comfortable. But don’t feel obligated to put something on every wall; it’s perfectly fine to leave some vacant. Alex, in fact, encourages it. “It allows the eye to rest and take in more of the space,” she explains.
Get rid of the mess.
Rooms must be tidy, and in terms of styling, think simple and understated. Avoid cramming knickknacks and books into coffee tables and bedside tables, keep décor touches on kitchen and bathroom benchtops to a minimum, and, most significantly, consider tidying cupboards.
“One thing people look for in a home is decent storage,” Alex explains, “so they’ll open every cupboard.” “If you have a lot of stuff in there, they’ll think there’s not enough storage.”
Pick a neutral color scheme.
As a general rule, keep your basic palette neutral and then add flashes of color to the appearance with accessories to warm it up. Jenny notes, “A neutral palette will frequently open up a space and make it feel light and spacious.”
White linen is excellent in bedrooms, according to Alex, because it appears crisp and clean and will not distract a buyer. “Using a lot of patterned linen might be overwhelming in images and close the space in,” she says.
Incorporate some greenery.
According to Alex, this is a must. When working with a neutral palette, she thinks that spaces can become clinical or prescribed, but adding greenery is a great way to keep the space feeling alive and fresh. “Greenery touches will add life to a space and can be used to provide height and texture,” she explains.
Bathrooms, with their expanses of tile and glass, will undoubtedly benefit from some plant life to help them feel less cold and uninviting. Alex recommends placing a tiny plant on the vanity with a trendy soap pump, or on the bath hob. Do you require assistance in making your decision? Check out our list of the five most hardy indoor plants.
Make a focal point
Decorative focal points are a great way to anchor a room and add a flash of wow, but Alex warns against going overboard with too many hero pieces, as this will throw the space’s balance off. “When there are too many distinctive pieces, nothing feels remarkable,” she adds, adding that people can become overwhelmed and uncomfortable.
A well-placed focus point, such as an occasional chair or a piece of art, will draw your attention to a particular point of interest, feature, or major selling point in the room.
Emphasize the use of space and light.
Avoid placing a large piece of furniture in front of a window, such as a sofa, because it will block natural light and impede views of the yard. Instead of two armchairs or a low-lying piece of furniture, Alex recommends two armchairs or a low-lying piece of furniture for a loungeroom. It appears to be lighter, and you can see into the garden more readily.
Also, make sure that all of the lightbulbs are working. “Lamps and overhead lights are crucial for brightening a room and setting an atmosphere,” Alex says.