Whether you’re living in a handbuilt cottage or an off-the-plan townhouse, each home is entirely unique. This distinct personality may not come from the design itself. Instead, it comes from how that home is used over the years. Those little alcoves filled with trinkets, the slight scuff marks on floorboards, the wafting scent of lingering incense; all of this pulls together a property’s personality, and can be a major drawcard for potential buyers.
While it may seem like a shortsighted approach to such a large purchase, buyers want to imagine the life they could have in a home. You can see this in the proliferation of services like home staging and property styling. A cluttered, disorganised home is going to turn a lot of homebuyers off, even if that clutter has no bearing on the quality of the property. So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at a few ways to beautify your property in the eyes of buyers!
Cleaning For Class
As mentioned earlier, it’s going to be very difficult for a buyer to project their dreams and aspirations onto a home when there’s a bunch of laundry baskets and dust in the way. It’s better to start this process of cleaning and decluttering your property as early as humanly possible. This is due to the fact that, for many of us, the disarray in certain areas of a home comes in layers.
Whether you’re an absolute clean freak, or the archetypal artist living in a disorganised wonderland of creativity and, well, junk, there will always be more that can be cleaned come inspection day. So, to begin the process:
- Get all items that aren’t either necessary or aesthetically beneficial out of the way. This is a perfect chance to hire out some storage space for a week or two.
- For items that you won’t be taking with you to your new home, sort them into two distinct groups: “Donation Bin” and “Regular Bin”. The latter should include broken or completely useless items.
- Get rid of that build up of paperwork and documents that no longer serve a purpose.
- Get those windows spotless. They say that windows are the eyes of a home, and dirty glass can really give buyers a murky outlook.
- Dust anything and everything. Not only does dust and dirt make a space look bleak and miserable, nobody wants a buyer to have to leave to to a sneezing fit.
- Sort out your closet spaces. Let’s face it, many of us aren’t exactly eager to keep the places we don’t see regularly in pristine condition at all times. However, you never know what small detail may sway the eye of a potential buyer.
During this process, it’s also a good idea to look for problems with leakages, signs of insects or infestations, broken light bulbs and other issues that must be dealt with prior to selling your home.
Catering Your Scents
Nothing can ruin the vibe of a home more than an ugly odour. This can come from uncovered bins, a laundry basket with one too many weeks on the backburner of your to-do list, or just owning pets. Try adding freshly cut flowers and other natural aromas to the mix; avoiding chemical-based scents that can be very off putting to some people. Also, make sure that you actually deal with whatever it is that’s causing the odour in the first place.
Blank Slate Benefits
You want your home to be a place that buyers can project their own aspirations onto. Because of this, sometimes there’s such a thing as too much personality. While you may have a love of garish reds, aubergines, and gold decorating your feature walls, that doesn’t mean it will suit the tastes of your buyers. So, try repainting these areas in a more neutral colours. Whites and creams are always a favourite, and allow buyers a chance to fully see the potential of your property if it were under their care.
While there will always be more that you can do to create an appealing allure for new buyers, this article has, hopefully, given you some insights into easy home staging methods. Although taste in homes is subjective, by following the tips above, you’ll be giving yourself the best chance at success. Good luck!