In a competitive property market, how do you prepare your house for a successful sale? In a nutshell it’s all about lights, curtain, art! Here are our top 10 style tips to help refresh your house and get it sold.
Top tip 1. Paint adds life: As we move into Summer and the weather warms up, natural light becomes brighter, highlighting imperfections on your walls. Adding a fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to change the look of a room. The golden rule is to keep colours neutral (off white is perfect) otherwise you could limit your market potential.
Top tip 2. Curtains create drama: Patterns, textures, colours – stunning fabrics create visual impact when they’re made into cushions, throws, divider screens and wall hangings.
Top tip 3. Maintain the essentials: What needs to be done around the place? Make a list and make sure it all gets done before the first open house. Whether it’s wonky light switches or marks on the bath, potential buyers will notice. Buyers will turn on taps, open cupboard doors and check windows, so make sure they’re all in tip top shape. The little details can make all the difference.
Top tip 4. Lighting brings it to life: Subtle lighting creates ambience in an interior scheme. Soften a dark corner with a simple lamp and look at other subtle ways to introduce light such as back lighting a statue or a plant. Keep in mind that an interesting lamp makes a great room feature.
Top tip 5. Declutter your decorations: Spring cleaning is a must when you’re preparing to sell. Buyers need to visualize how they can make your house their home and will have no emotional attachment to your stuff. So if it’s gathering dust and doesn’t add to your interior, pack it away. It’s also a good time to decide what’s necessary and what’s not for your next home.
Top tip 6. The art gallery effect: Move your artwork around; it’ll create a whole new feel, costing you absolutely zilch!
Top tip 7. Say it with flowers: Fresh flowers are a great way of highlighting a room and add a welcome fragrance for open inspections. Coordinate them with cushions and curtains for added impact.
Top tip 8. Lay of the living room: Can you be more space savvy with your lounge and furniture? Does the look of your lounge room need an update? Does your lounge scream ‘nanna’ rather than nouveau-chic-style? If so, take out all the pieces in the room then bring them back, one by one. Start with a major piece, like your leather lounge, then add rugs, lamps and the rest of the furniture. If you like this new found space, take some pieces to another room. Consider updating your lounge to give your house a more up-to-date look and feel.
Top tip 9. A little spending can mean a better sale: Big budget areas like the bathroom and kitchen need careful planning. If major appliances and structure are in good condition, consider a ‘freshen up’ with new tiling, taps, cupboard handles and accessories. Often simple changes are all it takes to give your room a new lease of life – and add value.
Top tip 10. Look good from the ground up: Threadbare carpets and traffic patterns on your flooring can be red-alerts to buyers. Rather than replacing flooring throughout the whole house, focus on high traffic areas like the entry, kitchen and lounge. Sometimes a pretty rug will do the trick.
If you need some home furnishing ideas or want to update your homes look, come into one of our stores today and browse our large selection of living room furniture. At Nick Scali we aim for happy customers and happy shopping experiences.
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