Successful Styling to Sell Tips from Darren Palmer
Darren Palmer's practical tips to make the most of what you've got
The Living Room
Buyers like large living areas, where they can entertain, relax with the family and watch television. But not all homes have large rooms so here are some ideas to help make your room feel bigger and to help your buyer feel at home.
Clear the clutter
I can’t stress enough how important it is to reduce the clutter in this room. Not only to make the space feel bigger but also to help de-personalise the room.
You don’t want a buyer to feel over whelmed by millions of family photos or artworks of your kids – some are good but too many can make it hard for the buyer to visualize themselves there.
Size does matter
If you don’t have a large area colour can help. Try painting the walls white and add blues and greens to the sofa and chairs.
If you have low ceilings keep furnishings below waist height and limit the number of pieces in the room
Find a feature
One of the golden rules of interior design is that rooms need a focus. It may be a painting, a fireplace or a view out to the
garden. The buyers eye is drawn to this feature and then moves around the room to discover more such as a group of items on your coffee table or the mixed cushions on the sofa.
If you don’t currently have a focal point, consider adding one. A painting, mirror or feature wall all work well. Even if buyers don’t agree with your style, most won’t have a problem with changing one wall.
Go with the flow
Show buyers how easy it is to live in your living space. These rooms are places for people to communicate and relax so make sure you arrange your room to demonstrate this.
Consider traffic flow, conversation areas, access from seating to coffee or side tables and task lighting for work or reading areas.
Tip: Get the layout right
- Try to keep 50-60cm between upholstery and the coffee table
- Try arranging your furniture symmetrically first as it works well in living rooms
- Make sure you have 1m – 1.2m of walking space in a main pathway
Soak up a Sale
Buyers today like beautiful bathrooms - they want a room they can relax and pamper themselves in, no matter what size or condition your bathroom is in. I cannot stress enough how important it is to spend some time and money making the most out of what you have.
Clean, clean, clean
Clean your tiles and grouting, make sure your windows, mirrors and shower screens are spotless and free of streaks. Hairs in the drains are a real put off, so check this before you open your home to buyers. Replace your soap bars with liquid soap, there will be less mess to take care of.
That smell won’t sell
It is a fact of life that bad smells can creep into your bathrooms. Nothing will put a buyer off faster than a bad smell,
so make sure you air your bathrooms well, open the windows, use the extractor fan and add some potpourri or air freshener if needed...but don’t go over the top as buyers might think you are trying to hide something.
Fix the Fittings
Cracked basin, toilets or tubs give the impression the room is unhygienic, so consider replacing these. It’s not that expensive provided you don’t change the plumbing.
Replace your vanity or mirror and add new lighting fixtures to make a really good impression on your buyers.
Buyers will Lap up Luxury
Today luxury spa bathrooms are very popular, but we don’t all have this look. You can however add a little luxury
to any bathroom.
Fresh plump towels, some handmade soaps, plant or fresh flowers and some boutique bath products set out in your
bathroom will give that feeling of luxury.
If you have a small bathroom don’t clutter the limited wall space with towel rails, put them on the back of the door. If you are renovating a small bathroom, consider wall mounted sinks and toilets. Use big mirrors to make the room appear twice the size, not only will they enhance the feeling of spaciousness, they are also very practical.
Consider replacing a cabinet sink with a pedestal sink - it will make the room feel much bigger.
The bathroom will also seem less cluttered if you keep the colour scheme simple and light as well as ensuring you have good storage to hide all those bits and pieces.
A New Coat
Stained or chipped bathtubs and basins can be easily fixed by enamelling companies that can give your fitting a whole new look. They can even enamel old tiles, so if your bathroom’s colour scheme is straight out of the 1970’s
this simple inexpensive process could save your sale. Add to this a fresh coat of paint on the walls and you have
a whole new bathroom.