We all know location is probably the most important factor when it comes to choosing a new property, but it’s impossible not to be influenced by interior design when you walk into a prospective new home. The more attractive an interior is, the more tempted a buyer will be to put in an offer and part with their hard-earned cash. So what elements of an interior are most likely to attract a buyer? And why is design so important to house hunters?
If a property is packed full of family photos, holiday souvenirs and other personal items, it can make it difficult for buyers to imagine themselves in the space. As visualising your belongings in a property is the first step in the buying process, it’s essential that sellers make their interiors as impersonal as possible.
However, as not all sellers will go to the effort of making their interiors neutral, it’s important buyers try to look past any family photos or personal items in the space. Interior design is one of the easiest things to change in a new property. From wall colour to flooring and sofas to tables, you can alter every element of an interior to suit your tastes and requirements, so try to not be put off by garish walls, old furnishings or cluttered spaces.
Selling the Dream
Creating a stylish and welcoming interior will help vendors to sell the dream to potential buyers and for the best price. The way a home is decorated and furnished tells house hunters a lot about the way they could expect to live. For example, if there’s a spacious, stylish dining area, it tells buyers they can host dinner parties and have friends and family round for festive feasts.
Having a well-designed interior also tells potential buyers they can enjoy a stylish and sophisticated home life. Selling the dream in this way is an important part of selling a property and is something that can make a dramatic difference when it comes to attracting buyers.
Emma Deterding from Kelling Designs, an established International interior design company based in both Chelsea and North Norfolk, gives the following advice: ‘The journey for every home owner starts at the front door, make sure it is a true reflection of your house. Clean and polished. If its badly chipped and dented, it may be worth considering touching up or painting from scratch.
Clear out that clutter – not only will you feel better but your home will fill lighter and brighter. If you can’t bear to be parted from precious items – pop them in the attic or in a shed. Remember that if you haven’t missed something after six months you really don’t need it.
Clean up the kitchen before your potential buyers arrive – wipe surfaces and remove those things that tend to clutter the kitchen table, a bunch of flowers always looks welcoming and makes a house a home!
Open windows and let the fresh air in, obviously the house must be warm and cozy in the winter but let it breath, have a good airing in the morning and light the odd scented candle, nothing too overpowering but something soothing and calming.
You want people to remember your home for the right reason try to dress it in such a way that one or two great features stand out and are memorable.’ Kelling Designs can be reached at https://www.kellingdesigns.com/.