March 1, 2016
Dress Up Your Home
If a picture paints a thousand words, you want to make sure photographs of your home when on the market are picture-perfect. Here are some helpful tips to consider when dressing your home for sale.
- Remove unnecessary furniture – lessen the amount in a room
- Centre the arrangement with a floor rug ensuring the pieces of furniture are on the rug
- Make sure furniture does not block any entry/exit points/windows – create an easy walk through flow.
- Remove window dressing if it is heavy and blocking light. It is best to have no window coverings than something that will draw the attention to the buyers and especially if it is blocking natural light.
- Remove personal items such as family photos/cards.
- Update your cushions on the lounge to give new colour and contrast to the room – an inexpensive way of giving the room a lift.
- Minimise the amount of items you may have on your coffee table or TV units – keep it simple – less will give the room a larger feeling.
Update your cushions on the lounge to give new colour and contrast to the room – an inexpensive way of giving the room a lift.”
- Remove all personal items including things like shampoo/body washes etc. unless these are designer bottles matching. If the bench suits, perhaps place a nice package soap and a small pot plant.
- Remove floor mats.
- Buy new towels – keep within your colour scheme of the bathroom but the safe option is neutral such as whites/taupes/greys. Patterned towels are striking but make sure they do not clash with your tiles and benchtops. Fold the towels by bringing the edges to the centre then fold back a third of the way and place over the towel rail to give bulk and no edges showing.
- Keep your benches clear of items other than a nice coffee maker. All other appliances should be put away.
- Remove all fridge magnets/children’s drawings etc from fridges.
- Place a simple arrangement of one colour fruit in a bowl on the bench or perhaps a nice wooden bread board with a couple of colourful bowls and small plates.
- Pots of herbs or flowers can work but it must suit the room and they must look healthy! Fresh is best.
- Remove any furniture other than the bed and side tables if your bedrooms are standard size. If the room is very large then other furniture pieces may work, such as a chair
- Keep the master bedroom neutral. You want to create a feeling of relaxation and calm. This room is viewed as a sanctuary, somewhere people escape to after a long day.
- Avoid hot colours unless they are incorporated into accessories.
- Try to keep it plain with quilt covers. Busy covers will draw attention to the bed and will make the room feel smaller. They are also harder to dress with cushions/throws etc.
- Make sure your bedside tables have minimum items.
- Match your bedside lamps and try to stick with light shades.
- Remove all personal photos and items.
- Choose artwork that brings the room together or perhaps a mirror may work. Check to see what is reflected in the mirror before placing.