If you’re looking to sell your home it’s important to focus on the strengths of your property while making the flaws less obvious. And while you can’t improve the location of your property, these simple home décor tips can help to make your house more desirable to potential purchasers. So if you want to find out how to freshen up your home and make it more sellable without breaking the bank, just keep reading.
Make the right first impression
We’re sure you’ve heard it before but first impressions really do matter. Kerb appeal is a real thing and can set the tone of expectation for the rest of your property. If the outside looks dated and unkempt then it doesn’t matter how fantastic the interior as people will already be put off. Some easy ways to transform the outside of your home include: giving your front door a fresh lick of paint, ensuring your windows and frames are clean and in good condition, trimming all bushes, grass, and shrubs and making sure paths and patios are clean.
Keep wall colours light
Now is the time to get the paintbrushes out. Stick to neutral and light colours for your walls as this will give buyers the most options to put their own stamp on your house. Neutral colours can also help to make a small room feel bigger and are a great way to help brighten up a dark hallway. Using subtle shade variations will help to create flow while keeping your decoration neutral without seeming boring.
Use mirrors to make rooms feel brighter
One of the easiest ways to make a room seem bigger and brighter is to hang a mirror perpendicular to the window. This will help bounce light around the room and help give the impression of more light and space. It’s such an easy tip and one that anyone can do in their home.
Even big homes can seem smaller if they are full of clutter. When preparing your home for sale consider placing as much of your personal items into storage and replacing large pieces of furniture with smaller items. Don’t go overboard and strip all the personality out of your home as you are selling the lifestyle potential of your house so don’t make it look like a hotel. The kitchen is one of the biggest areas to focus on so make sure large appliances are hidden away and your kitchen countertops are clutter free.
Add height to your rooms
Everyone loves the dream of nice high-ceilings but what can you do if you have low ceilings? There are many visual tricks you can use to make your rooms seem taller. Paint ceilings white to make them seem further away and hang curtains higher than your windows and let them fall all the way to the floor. Use vertical stripes in curtains to help further improve the impression of height. Finally, try leaning a tall mirror against a wall to help a room seem taller.
Upgrade your kitchen
No, we don’t mean going out and buying a brand new kitchen. New worktops and kitchen cabinet doors are normally all it takes to transform an outdated kitchen and make it seem more modern. If this option is too expensive a simple coat of paint will help modernise dated kitchen units while new handles are an inexpensive way to add a touch of luxury. Spending money on new white goods is rarely worth the investment as you are unlikely to get back their full value.
Fix and clean
Finally before putting your home on the market make sure that any broken fixtures or fittings are repaired. This will help buyers see the potential of your home rather than obsessing about the things that are wrong and that they’ll need to fix. Even the smallest things like a broken doorknob can make potential buyers think twice. Once all the repair jobs have been completed you’ll need to clean everything until it sparkles. A clean home is an inviting home.