Thinking about selling your home? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune to boost your home’s kerb appeal and make it look tempting to potential buyers.
However if there’s one thing we do know when it comes to selling your home, it’s that first impressions really do count. “You want your potential buyers to feel like they are being welcomed into the home and that it has been cared for and loved by the owners,” Interior designer Clare of Clare Marie Design explains.
“This will instantly help entice buyers making them eager to see more. Therefore, a tidy and well-kept home from the outside in is a must.”
So, to make your bricks and mortar stand out from the crowd, and do so for less, keep these interior designer-approved tips in mind.
1. Kerb appeal is everything
The front of your home – including the windows, doors and brickwork – is the first thing any potential buyer will spot. Which is why Clare recommends giving the exterior a once over.
“Wipe down your door and window paint work and polish any door hardware,” Clare says. “Brush away dirt, leaves and cobwebs which easily collect in doorways and pathways and the pavement beyond your home.
“Clean your windows (inside and out) and if you have a front garden, make sure it is neat and tidy, weed free and the lawn is mowed.”
Another tip Clare recommends is removing household bins away from the front, if possible, or making sure they are stacked neatly and are not overflowing with rubbish. “There is also the option to get new bins from the council if yours are ready for an upgrade,” she says.
2. Blank is best
When was the last time you had a declutter? Kid yourself not, spring isn’t the only season to clear away the clutter. Especially if you’re looking to sell your pad.
And if you’re wondering what room to tackle first, make a beeline for your porch or hallway.
“You want to make your house feel as spacious and de-personalised as possible,” Clare tells us. “This way your buyers can visualise themselves in the space more easily. First impressions do count so a great place to declutter is an overflowing coat stand and shoe rack area. If possible, it would be ideal to move most coats and shoes into your wardrobe so that this area does not feel overcrowded. Otherwise, on arrival this will automatically give a sense that the house cannot accommodate everyday life.”
This principle should also be applied to the kitchen and bathroom areas, Clare says. “Decluttering work tops and a deep clean of tiles, grout, worktops, and floors will help buyers see the size of the space rather than the items in it.”
3. Here’s a bright idea
Lights can make a big difference in the fast-move and unforgiving world of property. And with the darker nights now drawing in, it’s important to create a bright, inviting and warm space. Afterall, no one wants to live inside a dark and dingy four walls.
“Lighting can transform the ambiance of a room,” Clare explains. “So any broken light fittings and bulbs should be replaced, and if you have side tables, sideboards without table lamps I would recommend popping a statement lamp on them. A recent trend is to add table lamps in kitchens. The beauty of this is that they can make the space feel softer and more inviting.” But location-wise, where should you put it?
“A great place is to add a lamp in the corner of your kitchen underneath a wall cabinet or on top of wall shelving,” Clare suggests. “Opting for a pattered shade can help add a touch of interest and colour to a neutral or dark kitchen. Next, Matalan and John Lewis have some great and affordable options, and places like Pooky, Oka, Birdie Fortescue offer some unique shade designs if you wish to revamp what you already have.”
4. Move it, move it
Using a bedroom as an office? Or doubling up your living room as an at-home gym? Consider reinstating the room/s back to their primary purpose.
The reason being? “Having a room which has a dual purpose can confuse buyers into thinking the house is smaller than it is and cannot accommodate all needs,” Clare explains.
5. Create new ground
Well, not literally. But if your hardwood flooring or carpet has seen better days you can easily cover them up and give them a new lease of life with a rug.
As Clare points out: “Rugs are a great way to easily elevate a room through adding texture, colour, and comfort. They will effortlessly transform a room and help zone large open plan areas and make them feel more inviting and homely.
“Ideally you want your furniture to fit on the rug otherwise it will look like a postage stamp and make the room feel smaller. Great affordable options with various size rugs can be found in IKEA, Made and RugVista. My top tip is to also buy a rug underlay which will prolong the wear of your rug, protect the floor, and prevent slipping.”
That being said, you could also check out local car boot sales, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay to keep costs down. Or, why not turn your attention to the rooms of willing family members and friends to see if they could loan you a rug for safe keeping?
6. Get a handle on it
The kitchen is the heart of the home (or so the saying goes). And according to research, a kitchen refurb could add up to 5% – 10% on top of your property’s value. While we’re not suggesting investing in a brand-new kitchen there are a couple of pocket-friendly tweaks you could make, like addressing the handles.
“Consider changing some of your hardware on your furniture cupboards and cabinets,” Clare says. “This small and cost-effective change can transform a kitchen if you have outdated handles. Consider the finish of the hardware such as polished nickel or brass to make sure your home stands out and feels elevated.”
Looking to see how much you can afford? Get in touch with mortgage adviser Jo Jingree to start the process of your home-buying journey today. Jo offers a no obligation 30-minute call – so don’t delay.
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