The events of 2020 have re-shaped how many of us live and how we use our homes. With multiple family members under the one roof needing to find space to study, work, play (or hide!), it seems the need for flexible spaces has never been so pressing. Our homes have been stretched for space, with every nook and cranny in demand.
Preparing homes for sale this Spring will certainly have a focus on showcasing what your property can offer in terms of lifestyle, space and flexibility. Here are some key areas we recommend turning your attention to in order to attract multiple buyers and maximise your selling price.
Front door appeal
Providing your entrance with a post-winter makeover can be a rewarding process. It is true that first impressions are made before a buyer even steps inside your home. Giving your front door a fresh lick of paint if your door needs a freshen up is highly recommended.
As a first step and if space permits, try to place a desk and desk chair within bedrooms. Other options for including a study or workspace within the home may be to convert an oversized linen closet or hallway cupboard into a study nook. Keeping this behind closed doors can be a convenient way to keep the hallway streamlined when the study nook is not in use.
Flexispaces and storage
The need for flexible spaces and maximum storage within our homes has become significant in 2020. Have a look around your home and see whether space under the stairs, for example, could be converted into a wine cellar, library or reading nook with banquette seating and storage underneath. Or whether a spare corner in the lounge presents another opportunity for seating.
Our gardens, courtyards and balconies have become such important spaces to spend time with our families and pets or just to catch a moment to breathe. Removing the fallen leaves and winter debris from your outdoor space is a must. Replanting with fresh plants and new mulch can do wonders. We suggest using plants that complement the style of your home. Adding colour appropriately can also give your outdoor spaces new life. Freshen up your outdoor furniture with a re-stain or paint and add cushions to give the space an added boost.
Let the good times roll!
As we move into a new phase and place our properties on the market, remember that the usual property styling rules still apply. High level presentation is key to a successful campaign, so if you can declutter your property, give it a thorough clean inside and out, carry out all necessary repairs and patch and paint where needed, these will all help elevate your property in the eyes of the buyer.
Last but definitely not least, we recommend having an experienced property stylist come to your home to provide you with advice on furniture placement, colour schemes and which areas of your property to focus on. Property stylists are trained in maximising the aesthetic appeal of your home and have access to a large range of beautiful furniture, artwork, rugs and accessories to complete the look. Whether it is a full home of furniture you are after or just the finishing touches, engaging a professional can make a world of difference.
To see some examples of property styling projects completed by The VM Style Group, visit their website at www.vmstylegroup.com.au.