When you’re selling your home, one of the most important things to remember is that you’re selling a lifestyle. Borrowing tricks from the home staging book, and using a few inexpensive and clever decorating tactics can give your home the little lift that will set it apart from others in the same price bracket and location. Here, Keatons, Estate Agents in London share their top tips on how to get your property Estate Agent ready – so keep on reading.
Make the Most of Lighting
Flick through any glossy magazine featuring beautiful home interiors and you can get some good tips on what good staging looks like. Things to note include the use of lighting and how it creates atmosphere and warmth as well as illumination. Often, we see lighting as functional, a necessary device so we can get on with life when the sun goes down. However, lighting is far more:
- It can be soft and restful, perfect for de-stressing while listening to music in the evening.
- It can highlight works of art or put the sparkle invaluable collections housed in cabinets.
- Kitchen lighting not only makes the kitchen a safer place to work, but it also spotlights a dining area or adds glow beneath cabinets for gentle, modern night lighting.
- In bedrooms, lamps can either be romantically low or brightly direct (for applying to make up, for instance) depending on the mood.
When you’re considering or reviewing your home lighting, think of particular activities and how you can arrange complementary lights.
Focus on Furniture
Unless the room is very small, it can pay dividends to move larger pieces of furniture away from the walls. Arrange sofas and chairs into groupings that encourage conversation, and pay particular attention to how people move through the room. It’s easy to create an obstacle course with tables or chairs, so make sure you don’t place large items in such a way that the logical flow through the room is obstructed. You’ll make the room feel larger and more welcoming at the same time.
Use it or Lose it
Banish items, both personal and household, that don’t have a particular function. Personal items include family photos, bathroom essentials like shampoo bottles, or clothes and shoes you don’t wear but which clutter up the closets. This is especially important during the viewing stage of selling your home as buyers are likely to sneak a peek into cupboards. Cluttered, overfull cupboards make it look like you don’t have enough storage.
The reasoning behind banishing personal photos is that you want viewers to see the house as their home, and very personal items shout loudly that it’s your home. It’s hard, but de-personalising space is an important part of staging.
Don’t be afraid to move items of art or furniture into other locations. If you love an heirloom dining table, for instance, but have no room for it in the dining room or kitchen, could you move it to a spacious landing or spare room and create a writing or hobby nook? Be creative and inventive, but bear in mind the functional, de-cluttered, but beautiful look you’re trying to achieve.
Create Space with Paint
A favourite trick to make rooms seem larger is to paint walls the same colour in adjacent rooms to give the illusion of one continuous space. Similar floor coverings have the same effect.
Choosing similar colours for floors and skirting boards also works well in narrow hallways as it creates a seamless look rather than the usual stark, dividing line between the floor and skirting. And remember that dark colours tend to draw walls closer, while light ones push them back. Choosing window treatments that blend with wall colours also creates a seamless, spacious effect that helps make the house feel like a desirable home to those who come and view it.
Staging needn’t be expensive or complex. At its heart is the idea to create a home that’s comfortably inviting but a little impersonal, so it appears as a welcoming blank canvas, ready to move into.