Decor Styles That are Proven to Attract Buyers to Your House for Sale
Staging a home has a lot to do with how fast it will sell. It also affects the price of your property, and decorating your home strategically is a proven way to get the potential buyers to seal the deal much quicker. Home staging is very much like designing a stage for play – everything is well-thought-out, carefully placed and strategically arranged. The question is – how do you set the stage for a fast and lucrative sale? Let’s take a look at the list of decor styles that will get your property picture-perfect and help you get the best price.
Make a great first impression – start with the exterior
With first impressions becoming make or break, it’s getting increasingly difficult for homeowners looking to sell their homes to get their buyers’ attention. By simply taking a glance at the house’s exterior, buyers can predict what the interior is like. Therefore, maintaining an appealing exterior is just as important as keeping the inside of your house spotless. Landscaping plays an important role in buyers’ perception of your home, so be sure to tackle minor upgrades in the area surrounding your home, and consider making smaller updates for a well maintained, cared-for appearance. Swipe your front porch, prune your shrubs, and take some time to dress up your lawn to make the outdoor space appear spick-and-span. Get a new mailbox, paint the old, dreary-looking fence, and as the perfect finishing touch – paint your front door with a playful color to make it pop.
Play it safe – stick with a neutral color scheme
A little paint goes a long way, and even by simply treating your walls to a fresh coat of paint you can easily change the look of your interiors and create the perfect backdrop for your furnishings. However, selling your home isn’t exactly the time to go crazy with the paint and use all the colors of the rainbow. According to professional home stylists, it’s best to keep your color palette simple and neutral. Whites, off-whites, and grays are the perfect shades for homeowners looking to appeal to a wide range of buyers. The reason for this lies in the fact that buyers are generally drawn to spaces they can visualize themselves living in and your job is to create a story for your home by using hues that will tie the place together, uniting all the rooms into a cohesive whole.
Picture-perfect – use effective photographs on your online listing
Presenting your property in all its glory should be high on your priority list. However, making your home look impressive on your online listing isn’t so easy. We live in the digital age, the time when all it takes is some short scanning to decide whether we’re interested, and the first few seconds’ viewing can mean deal or no deal. Think about how you can create a digital representation of your property that will attract the buyers. Roll out cozy floor rugs to conjure up an image of fun family nights, and include fluffy pillows for an added feeling of comfort. Hang interesting artwork to enhance the visual interest of your living space and add plants to make it feel lively. It’s all about making your living space look charming and inviting, and sometimes that’s all it takes to make the buyers want to see more.
Kitchen and bathroom – the two rooms that deserve more attention
Not all rooms are created equal, and while there are spaces around the house to invest in, you must be wise with where you choose to save, and what you decide to splurge on. Unsurprisingly, kitchens and bathrooms are rooms that are given special attention when preparing a home for sale. But why, you might ask, should we focus on improving these two rooms in particular? It’s simple – they’re two home upgrades that return the most at resale. However, improving these two rooms doesn’t always require spending a fortune and going as far as a full kitchen and bathroom renovations. Simply bring them up to scratch, polish to perfection and you’re good to go. Scruffy kitchen cabinetry? Respray it and replace old handles. Dated bathroom fixtures? Swap your old showerhead for a rain shower. Sometimes, even the simplest of changes can make all the difference.
Establish an emotional connection – add homely details
Before you put your home up for sale, there is one more thing left to do, and that is – make it feel like home. Although putting your home on the market means depersonalizing your living space, going overboard can make your house feel cold and sterile. To avoid the clinical look, be sure to add a vase of fresh flowers here and there and add a couple of throw pillows and a blanket to make it look livable. Add a couple of white, fluffy towels in the bathroom, and set the table with a centerpiece to give an impression of warmth and create a space that looks cozy and welcoming.
Ensuring a quick a profitable sale is no easy task, but with a few interior design styling tricks up your sleeve, you’re sure to present your house in from all its best angles without even hiring a professional home stylist. Use the tips above to turn your home into an awe-inspiring property that will attract top dollar on auction day.
About the author: Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her on Twitter.
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