Show homes are professionally and specifically designed to sell a property by making the most of every aspect.
Lighting, colour and furniture placement all play a part in making a home more desirable, and adding value for a prospective buyer. At the same time, staging a property throughout ensures that a buyer doesn’t have to use their own powers of vision – if they have any – it’s all laid out for them so they can see exactly how they could use the space.
We can learn a lot from show homes, and the designers that stage them. Here are ten top tips to help you add that show home style to your own home, and probably sell it quicker for more money:
• Define each room – your buyers need to know how they would use each room, so bedrooms need to be bedrooms, not offices, wherever possible. Similarly, a dining room needs a table, and spare rooms shouldn’t be junk rooms which won’t do you any favours.
• Add the right lighting – lighting creates mood, so keep it light and bright in practical areas like your kitchen, whilst table lamps will add atmosphere and ambience to your living room and bedrooms.
• Use colour cleverly – don’t go bold when you’re selling as some buyers just can’t visualise themselves in a room that’s acid yellow, or Ribena-purple. You don’t have to paint every room magnolia, but keep colours subtle and elegant to appeal to most buyers.
• Make rooms feel as spacious as possible – mirrors and shiny surfaces help to bounce light around spaces, making them feel bigger. Try adding oversized mirrors to otherwise dim corners to really open them up. Remember, space adds value!
• Invest in new bedding – cheap or old bedding can really devalue bedrooms, and make them feel dated. For a relatively small spend, you can transform your bedrooms with new bed sets in neutral colours.
• Buy new cushions to dress your beds and living room sofas. It’s a safe area to add a touch of accent colour and texture, whilst allowing you to show you’re on trend.
• Accessorise to bring up to date – pack old ornaments away and replace them with new, modern alternatives. Vases, candles and other little touches can really improve an otherwise lacklustre room.
• Reduce non-showhome elements – pet paraphernalia, children’s toys, and evidence of hobbies all need putting away out of sight so as not to overwhelm or distract your buyer.
• Swap personal photos for stylish artwork – nice pictures for your walls don’t have to be expensive; there are plenty of high street shops selling affordable wall art, and these will give your walls a real lift. Choose art that won’t offend (no nudes!) and try to pick out colours from your existing décor to add a sense of balance and harmony.
• Add the right flowers to all key rooms – big rooms need big flowers; if your ceilings are high, pick tall, elegant flower arrangements; farmhouse kitchens look better with handpicked posies from your garden, if the season allows. Flowers add scent and colour, and are the perfect compliment to any room.
If you’re still stuck for show home inspiration, try browsing the new home sections of the property portals, or better still, go visit some show homes!
At LIME we have had a lot of success in finding the best buyers through our OPEN HOUSE events where we put our clients’ homes on show! With our track record, most of our clients get offers after such an event. If this something you would like to discuss for your home give us a call.