IN a new regular “Focus” feature, Standard property correspondent Lucy Boonfinds out some tips and tricks of the trade to
IN a new regular “Focus” feature, Standard property correspondent Lucy Boonfinds out some tips and tricks of the trade to get the most from your home and even improve your chances of a sale. This week she looks at simple and low cost ways to attract buyers.
Make the most of natural light
Rearrange tables and chairs so you can sit nearer to windows or face the light when you are eating in your kitchen or relaxing in your lounge. Position mirrors on walls where they can reflect light to brighten dark rooms and bring the sun inside.
Keep it tidy
It is not always easy to maintain the look of a show-home with family or messy friends, but if you invest one weekend in getting your cupboards and shelves sorted, you will find putting things away becomes a lot easier.
Dig out family photos, kids’ paintings or even have a go at sketching something yourself, then revive your walls by replacing old familiar framed posters or pictures with this “new” art, for a fresh, fun look.
Use fine aromas
Coffee, baking, perfume, laundry all these can generate everyday scents that give you and visitors a real lift. Have a sort through your cupboards to see if you have forgotten furniture polish or home scents, then do a quick household clean to get the place smelling gorgeous.
Revive your home accessories
When you are vacuum cleaning, make sure you give armchairs and sofas a good clean too, puffing up cushions and removing dust and mess. Use pretty sheets and throws to make sitting rooms or spare beds look more homely in a variety of ways, and don’t be afraid to mix up patterns for a more cosy effect.
Tackle the problem
Think about the room you are least happy with in your home, then spend one weekend giving it a blast of your time. This could be repainting it with half a tin of something from the shed, or changing its use. You may even fall in love with your home all over again.