Preparing your home for potential buyers viewers is commonly know as “homestaging”. It will not only ensure that your property is sold faster but also at the best possible price. It is worth remembering that a lot of people are buying into a lifestyle not just Bricks and Mortar so it is also important to emphasise that aspirational quality of life as much as possible and not to create a ‘show home’ without character.
With this in mind, our collaborators at A&B Curated have put together their 10 easy tips to refresh your home which don’t require extensive funds or effort.
- Clear Out / Spring Clean
Throw out anything you won’t be taking to your next home. Anything you can live without, put it into storage or store it in a garage if you have one. You want buyers to come to your home and visualise it as being their home. They want to envisage a new beginning so don’t let your clutter distract from that. The same goes for your wardrobes – if you have built-in wardrobes then clean them up, organise your clothes by colour and keep it looking minimal and organised, with no ‘stuffed-in’ pieces that create a feeling of lack of space. Decluttering ‘de-stresses’ and simplifies your home, allowing for a space in which every item has a rightful place and creates a sense of harmony throughout. Less is more, remember!
- Walls & Windows
A lick of paint will do wonders to brighten up your home, especially if you have some rooms with coloured walls. Unify it with a warm white and keep artwork on the wall to a minimal. Make sure all your windows are sparkling, with curtains drawn back to maximise the natural light. It’s amazing how many owners forget to open shutters!
If you have wooden or tiled floors then consider having them polished. If you don’t want to spend in this area then at least give them a good clean and be strategic with rug placement and make sure all rugs are clean.
- Furniture Placement
Reorganise the furniture so it has a symmetrical look. In the living room pull furniture away from the walls and try to have side tables and lamps on each end of the sofa, and accent pillows on each side of the sofa. The same goes for the bedroom – matching bedside tables and lamps gives a homey feel. Again, any extra pieces of furniture that you can live without, put them into storage to make your home feel more spacious.
Try to go for a clean, minimalist look that has broader appeal rather than your own personal style. Keep the colours sophisticated and neutral. In the bedrooms, stick to white or neutral linens or cottons, minimal artwork, with some accent pillows. Again, in the dining area, keep the table clear with a few vases in the centre of the table. Nothing too big and keep it simple and neutral for mass appeal. A coffee table can be a good focal point in the living room, restyling it with beautiful books, ornaments and a diffuser or candle. If you prefer a minimalistic look, use the rule of three to ensure it looks balanced and stylish. (The rule ‘guideline of threes’ say that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings). Also rethinking your room’s lighting scheme can create a new atmosphere and give it the boost it needs. Introduce ambient or background lighting where there isn’t already, or accent lighting to highlight special features and patterns in furnishings.
- Edit Personal Photos
Your home shouldn’t be stamped with your own personality at this point. If you have walls and shelves decorated with personal family photos then it’s time to take them down. Of course you can leave one or two, just not the whole family tree.
- Towels & Linens
Invest in some new towels and linens for the bathroom and bedrooms – it will freshen up your home. A few new cushions for the sofa can also bump up a tired looking sofa.
- Plants & Fresh Flowers
Bringing in a bit of nature gives a home a bit of life. Whether you opt for fresh flowers or faux flowers that offer a beautiful authentic look, adding florals to your interiors is the perfect way to refresh your home. For a twist of style, arrange your flowers in vases of different heights and widths. A plant in the living area can make a real difference. Equally, buy some fresh flowers for the the entrance. Just make sure that they don’t have an overpowering smell. Any plants you may already have that are looking a bit sad will need to be thrown away.
- Define Rooms
All rooms should have a specific use. Any extra room that is not clearly defined needs to be given purpose! A basement can be a games room, and an attic or junk room can be transformed into a spare room or office space.
- Don’t Fake It
Don’t make your home look over-staged. It is not trying to be a holiday rental apartment and doesn’t want to look fake. Don’t lay out the dining table with a complete dinner set and avoid trays on the bed with coffee cups. It’s fake and people want it to look lived in, but not cluttered, and styled but not staged.