Selling your home is no mean feat. In fact, one of the questions we’re often asked is whether there are any simple tricks to make it look more inviting to potential buyers.
Which is why this month’s blog has been guest edited by Kaya from KaVaRa Home Styling.
Having taken a master class from the world renown interior designer Kelly Hoppen and become a graduate of the Interior Design Business School, Kaya specialises in home styling and helping sellers, renters or estate agents style their properties for sale/rent.
Kaya says: “If the property has been stuck on the market for a while and it’s not over-priced, it’s usually down to presentation.”
So, if you’re looking to sell or rent, make sure you read Kaya’s tips.
1. Declutter, declutter, declutter
“It might sound obvious, but this is a must and something I advise all clients to do.
“When potential buyers come to see your home, they want to visualise themselves living there.
“So, take an objective look around and safely store away possessions you don’t need right now to declutter your rooms.
“Not only will it look tidier, your space will look automatically bigger.
“Plus, it’s much easier for people to visualise their own furniture and belongings in the space if it’s uncluttered.”
2. Move things around
“Often when I go into client’s homes, I can spot some easy fixes.
“Mistakes like furniture being put in the wrong place so it really doesn’t do the room any justice.
“But these are all easily sorted. Whether it’s moving your bed into the centre of a wall so it’s symmetrical to the eye with bedside tables on either side. Or pulling your dining table out slightly so it’s immediately clear that six people can fit around it.
“It’s all about creating a welcoming space for people coming through the door. So they can see themselves living there.”
3. Have a lovely aroma
“When someone comes to view your home, you want their senses to be triggered as soon as they arrive.
“You don’t want them to walk in and smell shoes, for example (so many people keep an overflowing box by the front door!). It’s completely off putting and detracts from all the great points about your home.
“Thankfully, most people have neutrally smelling homes, but imagine elevating that. I often advise my clients to put a loaf of bread in the oven a few minutes before potential buyers come around.
“Or I suggest they display fresh flowers around the house. You don’t have to buy the most extravagant flowers or make the bread yourself – both can be bought from the petrol station if needs be. But it’s these little things that make a big difference in creating a positive experience and a welcoming atmosphere.”
4. Add some finishing touches
“Remember, you are trying to sell a lifestyle to potential buyers.
“In 99% of cases, people who buy houses are looking to upgrade on where they are coming from. So you want to make sure your place provides that upgrade and that it’s more than they wished for.
“But don’t let the small things fall through the cracks.
“For example, if your sofa is looking a bit tired then add a throw with a couple of cushions. If your walls are bare, put up those pictures you have been meaning to hang since you first moved in.
“In most cases you don’t need to buy lots of new things to make your home look presentable, it’s about making it look inviting.”
And with these quick fixes, hopefully you’ll have the buyers biting in no time. Leaving you to focus on your next move. Which is where Mortgage Confidence can come in – perhaps you want to see how much money you can borrow, or you’ve found your dream home and want to get the ball rolling. Don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We also deal with buy-to-let mortgages and offer a 30-minute free consultation.