Make it ir­re­sistible

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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.

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