When it comes to selling a property, first impressions are everything. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your show home staging and interior design are perfect to attract potential buyers. In this article, we’ll share five home staging and interior design tips that can help you sell your property faster.
Create an Inviting Entrance
A well-designed and inviting entryway can help potential buyers to feel welcomed and excited about what’s to come, while a neglected space can turn them off before they even step inside.
To create an inviting entrance, stick to a neutral colour palette, while a pop of colour can be appealing, it’s generally best to keep your entryway neutral and understated. This will help potential buyers envision their own style in the space.
We also recommend adding a rug or runner to your hallway to add warmth and create a sense of flow. Fresh flowers will never fail to elevate a space, so place them in a key sight line to welcome visitors as they enter and promote the feeling of a flourishing home.
Natural Light & Window Treatments
Optimising natural light within a home will help to create an inviting atmosphere and make the space feel brighter, more spacious, and more comfortable, which can help to attract potential buyers. Maximising natural light and reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day, can also be an appealing feature for buyers who are looking for an energy-efficient home.
Consider a window treatment like sheer curtains or blinds as this will allow you to control the amount of light entering the room, enabling you to maximise or minimise lighting levels to create the desired ambience.
Mirrors are also a wonderful aid in helping to reflect natural light around a room, especially when placed opposite windows.
Create a Sense of Flow
Properties that feel disjointed can put off potential buyers, so a sense of flow is key to creating a harmonious home that viewers want to see more of.
Work with a consistent colour scheme or an accent colour throughout the home to promote a consistent flow from room to room. This will help the property to feel more polished and well-designed, creating a more positive impression on potential buyers.
Use a rug and feature lighting to zone spaces such as a seating area or dining area, this will encourage potential buyers to envision how they might define the space themselves.
Assess furniture layout to make sure you are maximising the flow of traffic through a room. When potential buyers can easily navigate their way through a space they feel more at home and can really see themselves living there.
Homestaging / Highlight Best Features
A well-staged home can make a strong first impression on potential buyers, and can help to highlight the property’s best features, showcasing the home in its best light. It can also help build confidence in potential buyers that the property has been well-maintained and is in good condition. This can help to reduce buyer concerns and make it more likely that they will move forward with an offer.
Turn the property into a blank canvas by depersonalising, decluttering and neutralising, then identify the key features of each room which can be highlighted and made into conversational areas such as a fireplace or a great view.
Accentuate a fireplace by hanging art or a mirror above the mantel, and style with potted houseplants, colourful vases, and accessories. Vary size and scale of the objects to create a balanced display. If you have a window with a great view, organise furniture to face the view and keep window treatments to a minimal. We’d advise using sheers from ceiling to floor to emphasise the window space and draw the eye straight to the beautiful view.
Each room should have a clear purpose and a layout that makes sense to potential buyers. When a home has features and amenities that make it practical and efficient to live in, buyers are more likely to envision themselves living there and may be willing to pay more for the convenience.
Maximising storage space is one of the easiest ways to increase functionality in a home. Consider installing built-in shelving or creating storage nooks in underutilised spaces like under the stairs.
With more people working from home, having a dedicated workspace is also becoming increasingly important. Transform a spare room or unused corner into a home office with a desk, chair, and good lighting.
The kitchen can be one of the most important rooms in the house for many buyers, so updating appliances or refreshing hardware on cabinets and drawers can have a big impact. Display fruit on countertops to add freshness and a pop of colour.
When it comes to the master bedroom, buyers really just want to see a comfortable, relaxing bed, so make sure the master bed is made with fresh, crisp linens, plush pillows and a soft throw. Indulge in a lavender candle or diffuser to target the senses and enhance the feeling of ultimate relaxation in this room.