Make it irresistible
ALittle things can make all the difference when you’re cleaning up the look of your home. Get rid of anything shabby and worn and spruce up the walls with some new paint. S time passes, it is easy for a home to become dated. Many dwellings have features that look tired and unfashionable which is not ideal when you are selling in a competitive market.
You want your home to look as fresh and new as possible without spending a fortune.
Luckily there are some simple ways to update your home with a minimum of expense or fuss.
First, spend some time assessing your home for anything that looks old fashioned and remove anything that appears shabby or worn.
Once you have done this, the goal is to make your home irresistible to buyers and this can be achieved through some simple changes.
Firstly, freshen your home with a new coat of paint.
It’s amazing the difference this can make in to help a space seem more modern and new. Choose a neutral colour that will enhance your home and reflect light.
This will also appeal to various tastes and budgets and allow the new owners to personalise once they move in.
Traditional features such as cornices, picture rails or ornate moulding on the wall or ceiling can also make a home appear old fashioned.
A coat of paint will brighten these elements and make them appear more modern.
Vivid white in a semi gloss generally works well with most schemes.
Older homes also often have dark timber present. By painting any dark timber you can make the room feel more spacious and contemporary.
Light switches are a small detail, but updating these can really make a big difference and they are easy to replace.
It is also important to depersonalise the space.
Remove family photos, any clutter and anything that will reduce the appeal of your home.
Old carpet should be replaced by new, more modern flooring.
If you’re lucky, when you pull the old carpet up, you may find timber floorboards that can be sanded and polished.
If not, replace the old carpet with new, hire or buy some big rugs or install a timber floating floor.
Examine light fittings and replace them with modern options. Hardware stores have great, affordable options in lighting that will give your home an instant update.
existing furniture is an affordable way to give your decor an update. You can re-upholster many items around your home including sofas, dining chairs and ottomans.
Again, choose a neutral colour and add a pop of colour with some new cushions or curtains.
In the kitchen, you can have outdated cupboards and benches professionally spray painted to give them a new look. Similarly, you can update your bathroom tiles with tile paint.
Employ these simple ideas and you’ll have buyers rushing to their cheque book to snap up your home. * Juliet Love is a stylist and interior designer and runs her own business called Love Style.