Ask the expert: how important is décor to buyers?
by Housesimple on 31st March 2016
The answer is, very.
Here at HouseSimple.com, we get lots of feedback from buyers on clutter and personal belongings affecting viewings. Ultimately, viewers want to be able to imagine themselves living in the space – and if you make this easy for them to do, they’re more likely to seriously consider your property.
The good news is that quick fixes around the home tend to get the best results – so follow these simple tips to guarantee your décor appeals to buyers.
Depersonalise your rooms
The easiest way to create a neutral décor is to remove personal items such as family photographs, children's toys and pet beds. Ornaments and knick-knacks should also be stored away and replaced with simple touches, like a bowl of fruit or vase of fresh flowers.
Do some minor touch-ups
Some areas of your home may benefit from more than just a deep clean. Dirty or scuffed walls can distract viewers, so paint over any chips or marks to create a clean finish. In the bathroom, replace broken tiles and remove discoloured sealant – and if your kitchen cabinets are past their best, replace them or apply a fresh coat of paint. Finally, consider refinishing wooden floors, or strategically placing a few new rugs.
Place some decorative accessories
Adding fresh home accessories will instantly update your interiors. Outdated bathrooms will benefit from piles of fluffy white towels, beautifully presented candles and a new white shower curtain. Elsewhere, freshen up your bedrooms with inviting throws or crisp new linen, and add a selection of plumped-up scatter pillows to your living room furniture.
Amp up the lighting
Simply dusting all your light bulbs can make your home seem brighter. If it's still a little on the dim side, then switch to stronger bulbs or add a couple of extra lamps to your darker rooms. Taking down any heavy blinds or curtains will also increase the natural light in the home, while also creating a more neutral look for buyers.
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