In this day and age there is no escaping the fact that your property buyer is most likely going to be enticed to inspect (or not) your property by the appeal of the photographic marketing images they have seen.
So, depending on whether you are hoping people will pop over during the open for inspection for a laugh, or bring along their cheque books to make an offer, you might want to consider, subconsciously or not, whether you are guilty of any of these property selling sins.
But I think it looks great in Pink (or brown, or maroon or whatever...)
We all have our individual tastes and preferences and of course, that is great and exactly as it should be, but the chances of finding another equally enthusiastic pink aficionado is a lot slimmer than finding someone who can see themselves putting their own decorating stamp on an already neutral palette.
But Mr Ed is a member of our family...
It goes without saying that those of us who have pets love them dearly and we regard them as part of our family. On the opposite side of this coin however, are a bunch of prospective home buyers who neither like animals, nor wish to live in nor own a house where animals have been living indoors. My advice, why run the risk of alienating half your potential buyers?
Problem Solved (or created...)
Solving some of the problems we have in our homes can bring with it a great sense of satisfaction. Re-purposing a room, creating additional storage space or re-fitting an outdated space can really give us and our properties a lift. However, if you have created another problem in the course of solving the old one, you aren't really that far advanced. You may have been happy to balance precariously on the stairs below while dragging your suitcases up to the attic, but I'm tipping your potential buyer won't see the great solution you've come up with, only the problem you've created. Now is the time to fix it, before anyone else sees it, especially if it is non-compliant or creates a hazard.
We live here, people will understand...
Ok, so here's the thing. Home buyers are really looking for something more than four walls and a roof. They are about to peel off big bucks for new digs, and they want, wait for it...a lifestyle! Ideally, that lifestyle will be streets ahead of the one they have now, it will involve, amongst other things, happy evenings entertaining their (very envious) friends and family and luxurious long baths at the end of the day. Your buyer needs to be able to see themselves doing these things in your home. Enough said.
Look at our awesome, planet sized, tv screen...
Above all else, homes should convey their comfort. Think warm, inviting spaces that you want to spend time in. They should not, therefore, be filled with oversized furniture that dwarfs the space and makes it feel claustrophobic, neither should they be furnished with so few items that our footsteps echo as you move around the room! I think that covers it, if you have to turn side ways to get through the doorway, your tv is too big.
Finally, be aware that some sellers think they can decorate. But, they can't...
Be careful out there folks...
What do you think? Do you have a funny real estate story to share? Please share them in the comments.
Jo Powell is the Director of 3 Pea's Property Styling. Combining her creative skills with her accounting background to assist her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes in the sale of their property.