Putting your property on the market? VOS can help give you the competitive edge.
Posted on: 02 December 2016
When it comes to choosing furniture for your home, the amount of choice can be overwhelming. Which is where working with an interior designer comes in. VOS will match you with a designer who will discuss your choices and find the right furniture to suit your style and budget.
The property market is competitive out there! The economic climate has meant that both buyers and renters are becoming very choosey. How can you make your property stand out from the crowd and win over viewers? This is where Vault Of Spaces (VOS) comes in. We have ways and means of styling your property (called ‘home staging’) which will make your property fresh, appealing and easier to sell. As I say to my clients ‘You need to present your property in the best light possible, and sometimes it needs an objective eye to see what needs adjusting.’
Help from a VOS interior designer could take the form of a consultation where the interior designer visits your home to brainstorm improvements. These meetings typically have a fixed fee agreed in advance and can be followed up with a summary of the designer's advice. For more hands-on help the designer can carry out the styling for you, organise any necessary repairs and redecoration, put unwanted items into storage and source new furniture, accessories and artwork to give your place that wow factor. If you would prefer not to buy new furniture, this can be rented - your VOS designer will know where to go.
Here are some of my home staging pointers:
Use what you already have
Many of your personal items can be improved by simply moving them around. Don’t put all your bulky and thick furniture together. Select your best pieces of furniture and make sure they are shown to their best advantage and are not hidden by clutter. Move personal things off shelves and into cupboards, sweep children’s toys into an ottoman or a storage box. Everything should have its place. It’s important to be organised. Anything that doesn’t work or isn’t pleasing to the eye should be put in storage.
Don't ignore the housekeeping
I cannot stress the importance of fixing any small housekeeping issues. Broken spotlights should be fixed, cracked tiles should be replaced. Honestly, as a home owner you need to present your home in the best possible condition. Otherwise you create the impression that a lot more things could be wrong.
Clean kitchen surfaces and wash the windows to move the light around. ‘When people enter a space they need to feel immediately that it’s light, bright, clean and spacious,’
And don’t forget the outside of the property: ‘It’s important not to ignore kerb appeal’. ‘Sweep the leaves or sandy areas, add a couple of planted pots on either side of the door. A good first impression is vital.’
Decorate and refresh
When it comes to decorating, nothing beats a good lick of paint. ‘Paint is transformational‘ It can cover up a grubby patch and make a room look fresh and clean.’ In the bathroom, replace shower curtains and make sure everything is as clean and bright as possible. Dress the bed with extra cushions and throws and make sure that curtains are well hung, and pulled back. And don’t forget to buy a generous amount of fresh flowers, preferably scented, and display prominently in vases.
Introduce “champion” items
One or two perfectly placed pieces of furniture can make a huge difference to a room, making it feel more luxurious and inviting. A consul table, a generous rug, a beautiful light or a painting can add that extra element. If it seems like an unnecessary cost to buy new pieces, ask your interior designer to rent them instead. They will know the best suppliers for this.
Have we convinced you that home staging and styling your property can speed its sale? If this sounds like something you would like to consider, contact us and we'll put you in touch with the right interior designer for you.