by Marian McQuillan
At Quillsen we provide interior design advice to improve the look of the existing features in your house and get the best price for your home.
Here are some simple tips for getting your house ready
- Tidy gardens front and back, trim hedges, weed flower beds, sweep pathways and cut grass. If paint is peeling or varnish is fading give it a retouch. If there are repairs waiting to be done, do them as potential buyers may not want to be worrying about fixing problems when they first move in.
- Declutter if you have a corner that is full of old junk, get rid of the junk and place a chair with a lamp and rug there instead, thereby creating a reading nook. Scatter some large pillows around and have a meditation or yoga space. Use task lighting in these areas, a lamp positioned for reading or a scented candle positioned on a low side table will help these junk areas become more useful and attractive.
- Furniture placement can give a feeling of space. It is believed that rooms look bigger when furniture is against walls with space in the middle of the room. This may not be the case. Try positioning your furniture in the middle of the room and choose furniture that has space off the floor to create a light, airy feel in the room. You could try to switch furniture from a bedroom to the lounge. Just because a chair was bought for the bedroom it could visually look better in the lounge for instance. You could consider renting a storage space if you need to put some bulky furniture away or store the extra clutter if you can’t bear to part with it.
Furniture giving the feeling of space
- Painting in neutral colours helps tone down dated finishes, it can also help a room appear bigger. If an adjacent room was painted in the same colour the effect is that it can make the room feel like one big space. Using similar tones of the same colour for curtains will give a seamless look. Painting outdated kitchen and bathroom drawers and cabinets is an inexpensive way of freshening these areas up.
- Display items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles and hide away unsightly bathroom products. This more streamlined look will help perspective buyers envision living at the property themselves.
- It is really important to have your house smelling fresh and aired out. Open windows; remove pets and pet accessories during viewings. Light scented candles. Show houses usually have very expensive flower arrangements but you could use your own garden foliage. Budding shrubs in spring, colourful blooms in summer, gold and bronze foliage in autumn and holly branches with lots of red berries in winter will always brighten up a room.
Garden Foliage Display
- With lighting there should be three types of lighting Ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table or wall). Remember to turn on lamps and open up blinds and curtains in all the rooms to let as much natural light in as possible. Switch on porch lights, light the fire in winter or light a candle in the fire place in summer when the viewing is taking place. This will help the room look warm, inviting and friendly.
Selling can be an emotional time. It brings all sorts of challenges, from preparing the house, getting all documentation in order, to negotiating the best price. It is important to choose a good reputable sales agent. Having someone you trust looking after the process from start to finish relieves you of all the headaches and hard work.
So before you start the sales process why don’t you give Quillsen a call for a free appraisal and advice on how to prepare your house for sale and we can take it from there.
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Finding a new home can be one of the most daunting experiences in many people's lives but I believe we provide a service that helps families and communities, keeps the domestic economy moving and keeps businesses thriving.
As one of the Directors of Quillsen I wake up every morning invigorated and excited about the day ahead. I love every part of estate agency. I'm a qualified and experienced accountant but I was drawn to property sales during my career and have never looked back.
The success of Quillsen is founded on our expert and professional staff. We take pride in the service we deliver to buyers and sellers. We, as a company, communicate effectively with all clients (buyers and sellers). I hope you find my blog interesting and informative, and I hope it is a reflection of the helpful service we provide to all that come through our office doors or visit our website.