Decorating your home ahead of a sale

Posted 9 September 2015 by Keith Osborne

Decorating your home ahead of putting it on the market is all about creating a welcoming environment that prospective buyers can project their own vision on to.

Decorating your home ahead of putting it on the market is all about creating a welcoming environment that prospective buyers can project their own vision on to. The best place to start is making sure your home isn’t taste specific by keeping colour schemes simple and on-trend, with warm whites and soft greys among the popular options.

You are selling a lifestyle, but not your own. Purchasers need to feel like they can stamp their own mark on the home should they choose to purchase it, and overbearing or ‘wacky’ decoration is likely to affect both their perception of the property and the chances of an offer being forthcoming.

The decoration shouldn’t be the main story of a property viewing, but subtle changes can be made to enhance the appeal of your home.  Even if you have white walls and a beige carpet, re-decorate as a matter of course (assuming you haven't done so in the past year already). The viewer needs to feel that the entire home has a fresh feel to it, and this will help to put them in a buying state of mind.

If the house looks tired or drab, they may still choose to buy it, but certainly not at the asking price, so decorating is a quick win. Investing a relatively small amount of time and money repainting can add several thousand to the asking price.

One of the quickest and cheapest ways of presenting a smart modern interior is laying laminate flooring. It easily complements a neutral colour scheme and is simple and easy to keep clean. Unlike carpets, laminate can still look smart and not worn after ten years or longer.

Attracting potential buyers to your home can be a difficult and stressful affair, so it is vital to make every visitor count and to make a good impression every time. Keeping things simple, neutral and neat will help to maximise your chances of a sale.


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