24 May Why interior design makes the difference when selling your home.
If you have decided to make the big step of selling your house, don’t make the basic mistake of assuming that home staging and professional interior design is a waste of your time and money. If you want to get as much money as possible from that sale, you have to spend some money in order to make the interior more appealing to the new owners. While there is no doubt that the potential buyers will review money, square footage, location, schools and safety related things as a part of their rational reasoning, all purchases are made on an emotional level first so buyers will react to how some houses makes them feel.
Buying a house has always been a mix of logic and emotions.
First, it makes your property stand out from the crowd
When potential buyers are looking for their dream home, they will first look for it online or they will be sent details via email. Each potential property includes a short description of the home (floor plans, the number of rooms, bathrooms, etc.) and photographs. They will take all these things into account, but what will really motivate them to go and see the property are the photos. The photos of the interior can be crucial when they are deciding between two or more properties of similar qualities. What do you think they will choose first: a house with a mismatched décor or a cohesively decorated house that is inviting and welcoming?
It gives an idea on how to use the space
When a buyer walks into a house and sees lots of empty rooms, they must rely on imagination to figure out which room can be used for what. That is not always a good idea. In fact, if you have a property with plain white walls and no furniture, it’s actually impossible for buyers to get a true sense of how big the room is.
Since you are likely to be the one who has been living in that house for years, you surely have a good idea about the purpose of each space. With proper interior design, you can show the buyers how to use the space most effectively by positioning the furniture and appliances. However, be subtle with accessories; you want the buyers to be able to picture their life in that space, not yours.
To some, a new home symbolises a fresh start
Many buyers are avoiding buying previously owned homes, precisely because they expect a certain degree of wear and tear in such homes. Revamping the design doesn’t have to be an overwhelming endeavour: a new coat of paint and fresh carpeting are sometimes more than enough.
It gives you the chance to correct your wrongs
No one is without mistakes, and surely you have made your fair share while you were living in your house. We’re looking at your bright purple shade in the kitchen or energy vampires of incandescent bulbs. The first mistake can be corrected with a coat of neutral paint that is appealing to everyone, while the other one requires lighting intervention! Just replace the old bulbs with LED lights, and include some attractive features like dimmers.
It adds value to the property
Finally, the result of all the previous reasons combined: a well-designed interior and the guidance of an experienced interior designer, increases the value of the property. Putting some money into it will surely generate a safe return of investment.
We’re always staggered that a vendor will knock, say £5,000 off the value of their house but won’t spend £1,000 on upgrading the interior.
While you can’t improve some of the features the estate agents are calculating when calculating the price of your home (e.g. location and square footage), interior design is definitely something that can be used to your advantage. However, when considering where to invest the most, you should look for specific projects that add value to the house, e.g. kitchen and bathroom upgrades and attic addition.
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