Selling a home can be quite an emotional time, as we prepare to say goodbye to a place filled with happy memories and hello to the next chapter of our lives. As property stylists, we see this sometimes tricky transition every day; part of our role is to make this change as seamless and stress-free as possible by giving our clients the best chance of a speedy (and lucrative!) sale of their home.
We find one of the first and most important steps towards a positive sales outcome is for our clients to take on board a vital property styling adage: The way we live in our homes, and the way we sell our homes, are two very different things.
Today we break down the living vs. leaving concept, and explain the top three adjustments you may need to make when preparing your home for sale.
Living: Surrounded by family treasures
Just like you, we love to surround ourselves with precious collectibles, family photos and sentimental pieces. However, you need to remember that the magic of these pieces doesn’t translate to potential buyers; instead, your home can appear cluttered and uncoordinated. Buyers don’t want to feel like they’re intruding in someone’s private space, either – your home should be de-personalised enough for them to imagine themselves living there with their own belongings.
Living: Primarily functional furniture and layout
Leaving: Furniture and layout that highlights the best features of the home
When using a room day in, day out, it’s important that your spatial planning and furniture choices keep functionality at the forefront – nobody wants to have to turn their head on a sofa to see the TV, or walk around accent pieces to reach doorways! However, sometimes the most functional furniture layout doesn’t show off the home in its best light – this is why when selling, often a little re-jig of your existing layout by a property stylist will do wonders for creating a sense of spaciousness and symmetry, or highlighting a particularly sellable feature of your home that could be a deciding factor in getting your sale across the line.
Living: Eclectic furniture collected over many years
Leaving: Aesthetically cohesive furniture which flows throughout the entire home
Most of us have homes filled with eclectic furniture and accessories from various eras, places and price points which tell the story of our lives. However, you need to remember that buyers don’t have memories or sentimentality attached to these pieces as you do. When looking to purchase a property, a prospective buyer is drawn to a stylish flow from one room of the home to another, where furniture and accessories are complementary of one another and neutral enough to appeal to the masses. Your personal style might not be to the taste of your home’s prospective buyer, so bringing in a stylist to assist with creating a neutral scheme with broad appeal is invaluable.