According to a report published in 2017, the majority of people viewing homes for sale are immediately drawn to the house décor and furniture.
Most home buyers who enter a home for sale tend to check the interior design of the home, the decorations, and furnishings first. If the paint color is not to their liking or they think the light fixtures are outdated, they are most likely not to give any further thought to the property.
To use this fact to your advantage so that you can attract more people who are looking at houses for sale in Bolton, for example, you need to redecorate or update your home interiors. And to ensure all your investment and efforts will pay off, follow these decorating ideas and tips that will help you successfully sell your property:
1. Declutter before you decorate
Even if you arm yourself with the latest decorating ideas to “rejuvenate” your home, they will all be useless if you don’t clean and get rid of the clutter in your home first.
Start by giving away, donating, selling, and throwing away anything that you haven’t used in the past year.
Next, move on to those items that show off your personal style and character. These include family photos, paintings made by your kids, and all ornaments that highlight your love for flowers or wildlife. If you want to hold on to these valuable items, consider keeping them in a self-storage unit until you find enough space for them in your new home.
This is an important step to take to ensure your decorating efforts work to your advantage. This is because a tidy home feels organized, cleaner, and bigger – qualities that all prospective buyers want to see in a house. And without your personal belongings cluttering your former home, anyone viewing your home will find it easier to visualize how their things might look in the same space.
2. Use paint to freshen up the walls
Paint is the least expensive and effective way to update a space. It can make rooms look fresh and new.
White and other light, neutral hues are the most recommended colors to choose if you want to have your walls repainted. This is because these colors make rooms feel light, warm, inviting, airy and spacious.
These colors also work best if you want to enhance the walls but don’t have the budget to completely redo them. You can create simple designs on the wall using paint. A good example is painting a pastel-colored line near the lower or top part of the wall or as an outline. These additional features can make the wall seem less boring to look at.
Painting cornices or baseboards will also give them additional character and make the room feel less dull.
3. Consider choosing a design reminiscent of your location
Although traditional, contemporary, and eclectic designs all look appealing, it is best to set the new décor to match buyers’ expectations.
For instance, if your home is in a suburban area, you can go for a transitional design. This is an interior design style that people who want to live in these areas will tend to look for. In addition, you would do well to align your design with a style specific to the area.
Using the same example, if you live in the suburbs, be in tune with your environment. This means opting for decor and simple furnishings that will make your property look comfy and homey such as fluffy carpets and smooth, simple wooden furniture.
Lastly, whatever style you choose, be consistent. Avoid noticeable differences between the designs of each room by going for a more cohesive look.
4. Add more lights
When selling your home, always remember that lighting plays an important role in highlighting a room. And the more light you have in one room, the better.
To enhance the different moods in each room, add various types of lighting that can do this job. A bedroom, for instance, is the room where you can relax, read your favorite book and sleep. You can integrate task lighting by installing bedside table lamps that are dimmable.
The kitchen is also one of the rooms that can benefit from different types of lighting. Make sure the bulb on the ceiling is bright for general use. Then add task lights under cabinets, and sconces for mood lighting near the dining area. And whenever you show this area, leave all of them on to impress the viewers.
5. Use fresh flowers and plants as additional decor
Lastly, add touches of color to your home by filling vases with fresh flowers from your garden.
Next, look at the plants outside your home. If they are brown instead of green, it is best to get rid of them or use them as compost. Consider repotting the ones that are healthy and look great so that these plants will enhance your property’s curb appeal.
With these easy decorating tips, you will make your home less about you and more about the interested buyers. And these will go a long way in helping you sell your home faster as well.
Sally Jones is a Director and Co-Founder of The Purple Property Shop, an award-winning estate agent serving Bolton, Bury and the surrounding areas of North West England. The Purple Property Shop was founded in 2010 and quickly grew to become one of Bolton’s leading estate agents, specialising in residential property sales, property lettings and management.