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How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell or Rent : By Interior Designers Happy Place

Tue 12 Nov 2019

Last month at the United Kingdom Property Awards 2019-2020 Happy Place received a 5 Star award for Best Interior Design Show Home for the London Dock Show Apartment they delivered earlier this year. The 5 Star Award is the highest national award available.
Here they share their top 10 tips on how to get your home ready to sell or rent:

1. Curb appeal can make or break a sale
It takes most potential buyers around eight seconds to decide whether or not they like a house.So, it is crucial to ensure that their first impression is the right one and they enter your home in a positive frame of mind. Buying a home is an emotional process. People buy homes with their hearts as much as with their heads. Create an amazing first impression and buyers will want to see more. Think about a new door mat, some plants in new planter pots. Maybe even a fabulous new house number.

2. Cull, less is more
Less, really is more. Remove the clutter from your home, you dont want buyers to be overwhelmed by all your stuff! While you dont need to strip out you home's personality completely, we recommend that you remove any highly personal items prior to selling, for example lots of family photos, unusual collectables, or controversial artwork. You dont want to draw a buyer's attention away from the main reason they are there.Think about clearing the area in front of that fabulous river view to give it that wow factor. A lot of us live with too much furniture which can make a space feel overcrowded and smaller. Consider renting a storage facility to store any items you can live without during the selling process. Also remove as many items as you can from your kitchen counters - stick to your basic appliances, but feel free to arrange some cookbooks or accessories that make your space feel more fabulous.

3. Clean, clean, clean
It should go without saying, but make sure you give your home a good spring clean prior to selling and keep it up throughout the selling period. Expect that any viewers may open cupboards and wardrobes and make sure you pay special attention to things like cleaning windows, dusting skirtings and clearing cobwebs. The cleanliness of your property says a lot to a buyer about what type of homeowner you are and what type of a home they may be considering buying.

4. Condition can raise concerns
Generally the more flaws a buyer sees when viewing a property, the harder they will look for more. Do as much sprucing as you have the time and the budget for - repaint walls, replacing lightbulbs where necessary, fix any broken or squeaky bits, etc. If your carpet or flooring is tired but you dont have the budget to replace it, consider investing in some rugs to draw attention away. And the bonus is,you can take these with you when you move to your new home.

5. Colour is a powerful tool
Colour is a VERY personal choice but it's impact is as strong as smell and sound. It can make or break a space. Try to keep your colour palette in your home to a handful of colours and more on the neutral side. One colour wont create a mood ! If your home is quite neutral it is really important to add patterns and texture to your scheme. You don't want your home to be bland but you don't want to overstimulate buyers with too many colours. If you feel daunted by colour a simple design rule is the 60-30-10 rule. This rule suggests that 60% of your space is the main colour of your room - walls,large pieces of furniture etc. Your next 30% is your secondary colour, which could be curtains, smaller pieces of furniture etc. The colours should work harmoniously together to create a backdrop for your accent colour, which is your last 10%. Using this rule can make choosing colour less daunting and help you achieve balance in decorating your home.

6. Curate to create visual impact
We talked about decluttering which is so important but you still want your home to have style and personality. Adding beautiful layers through dressing and styling your home can hugely enhance the appeal of your home. Consider investing in some new accessories, artwork and lighting to complement the best pieces you already have. There is lots of inspiration online, and the great thing is, you can take all of it with you when you find your new Happy Place !

7 Captivate the senses to create a feeling of comfort and happiness in your home.
Try to engage all the senses when presenting your home for sale. Consider how your home smells and feels as well as how it looks. It is no good having a home that looks fabulous but doesn't smell so good. Empty the bins and remove the pet smells. Buy fresh flowers each week, get yourself some diffusers and scented candles. Think seasonally! Keep styling materials and colours lighter and brighter in the warmer months but add heavier layers and perhaps richer colours in the winter months. Light up your home too. Lighting is such a powerful design element but so often overlooked. try to create a lighting scheme that creates a sense of comfort and that is soothing and calming and dont forget the importance of natural light in your home.

8. Coordinate your styling
Invest in some fresh bedlinen and towels. Keep linen white or neutral, and add layers of colour and texture with throws and cushions. Fold and arrange fluffy towels in your bathroom to create a luxurious feel, and dont forget the bath mat! Replace any bathroom accessories that are looking tired or grubby. Add some greenery in the form of plants and flowers - there are some great fauxs on the market these days so you dont have to worry about maintenance if you dont have much of a green thumb!

9. Concentrate on your best features
You are selling a dream as much as a building. Think about the spaces in you home that you spend the most time in and what you love about them and enhance those aspects for your buyers, as chances are they will do the same. Think about what makes your home a happy one and highlight those to your buyers.

10. Cost
It doesn't have to cost a lot to get your home ready to sell if you make a plan and are smart about how you spend your money to create a Happy Place that buyers will want to snap up. Furnishing and styling your home is a bit like putting together and outfit. Not everything needs to be a designer label, it is about creating  chesive and considered look. Having a couple of statement pieces does add a lot of impact however, always trust your instinct and invest in pieces you love, you wont please everyone but when you move to your new home you will have an amazing new piece to take with you.