As we all know, first impressions count for an awful lot – and this is especially true if you’re planning on selling your home and moving on elsewhere. Did you know that a lot of the time, people make up their mind about a property before they’ve even stepped inside? Given this fact, you really do need to make sure that your home looks its best on both the inside and the outside if you’re to get the price you’re after.
New research from Hitachi Personal Finance, via Property Reporter, has revealed that the first parts of your home that people will notice are the front door or porch, the hallway, entry hall and staircase, the driveway and front garden, the overall décor and interior design, and the living room.
So if you do have plans to up sticks and find somewhere else to live, it certainly couldn’t hurt to make sure that these areas in particular look as attractive and appealing as possible.
Since the front door is what people will use to gain access to the property, do make sure that it’s in good condition, doesn’t stick and opens easily. If it needs a new coat of paint, give it a bit of a refresh. And perhaps consider changing the colour altogether – a recent study showed that green reflects peace and quiet, red suggests good cheer, yellow is both warm and welcoming, and grey is timeless and classic.
As for the hallway, give it a good coat of paint before viewers come around to the house. Because it’s such a busy part of the home with a lot of through traffic each day, it can quickly start to show signs of wear and tear. What about laying down new floor tiles to change the look and feel of it altogether? Or you could use a hallway runner to bring it to life a little if you don’t want to go to too much expense.
Focusing on the garden is a good idea as well, since this is what people will see first as they approach the property. At the very least make sure it’s well kept and tidy but you could make it look even better and more inviting with strategic planting and a little bit of landscaping here and there.
“Highlight your front garden’s best features using lighting. The great thing about garden lighting is that you can focus attention away from your garden’s more unsightly aspects, such as your bin shed, and toward your front door- as if to say, ‘come on in!’,” interior expert at Internet Gardener Andy Baxter said.
As for the interior design, you might do well to give your home a bit of a makeover in neutral colours to make it easier for prospective buyers to see how they could put their stamp on the property once they’ve moved in.
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