Peak District Cottage
This cottage had been renovated beautifully, but presented to the market empty and was getting no interest at all. I was hired to furnish and style the cottage (my favourite type of job!) and thanks to our new professional photographs and an enhanced viewing experience with all the styling items left in the cottage, it sold within 3 weeks of re-launch for the full asking price! Now *that’s* how you sell a house :)
Empty magnolia to contemporary heaven
This new-build house had been bought as an investment and left empty for 2 years. It was getting no interest as an empty house, so my client wisely employed me to furnish and style the house so it could compete successfully with the development showhome. I kept the style contemporary to suit the modern house design, and it’s one of my favourite projects yet!
Houses that already look pretty good can look even better if they are styled for photography. The best way to present a room for a camera lens is often very different to the way you set it up for viewings, so using a stylist to prepare each room and angle for the (ideally professional) photographer is the ultimate route to creating eye-catching images that seduce your buyer.
House Refurb: Grim to Gorgeous!
This rental property had become unfit to live in, so on behalf of the landlord I managed a full refurbishment so it could be used as a student let. A new kitchen & bathroom were fitted, all the maintenance issues were fixed, it was totally re-decorated and new flooring was installed throughout. It took just 4 weeks once the property had been cleared and I’m very proud of the result! The end finish is very simple to allow for cost-effective maintenance in the future but the clean and bright design is about as far from the original condition as you can get!
Empty grubby flat to funky styled apartment
This flat had been on the market for 5 months with very little interest. It was empty, dirty and very boring, even though the space offered is greater than most modern comparable flats.
A deep clean, refurbishment of the badly-damaged real wood worktops, re-decoration, new bedroom carpets and some boxing in of ugly plumbing and electrics took away the objectionable factors. I then chose furniture and accessories to hint at the sort of lifestyle you could enjoy if you lived here. It worked – the flat was let immediately and the successful applicants liked the way it was presented so much, they even bought all the furniture!
‘Staging’ means presenting something for a specific purpose. Rooms and properties can be staged in a number of different ways, depending on who they’re trying to attract, so it’s important to understand who your target market is before you embark on any grand plans. However, getting rid of clutter and personal belongings, cleaning everything so it sparkles, and making sure there are no maintenance issues are three tasks that should be done whoever you’re trying to sell to.
This flat belonged to my client’s late mother, and he wanted to modernise it to use as a crash pad during the week with the intention of selling it in 3-4 years time.
I designed a new kitchen and bathroom with the future sale in mind, ensuring they were modern but still classic so as not to date the finish by the time the sale takes place. I modernised the decor throughout by removing all the textured wallpaper and skimming for a smooth finish, then choosing modern neutral paint colours and carpets to maximise the feeling of light and space. This large refurbishment project is one of my major success stories!
Attractive living areas that suggest the sort of lifestyle that a buyer could enjoy if they bought your house – that’s what you want from your reception rooms. Dated decor and strange layouts won’t do you any favours, but are relatively easily fixed. Most important thing: remove as much clutter as you can!
Kitchens can make or break a sale; they really are that important. If you don’t have a modern attractive kitchen then the best thing is to replace it, but if you can’t afford to do that then what you do have needs to be sparkling clean and presented as attractively as possible, so buyers are more likely to agree they could live with it until they can replace it themselves.
When you’re trying to sell a house, bedrooms have to seduce buyers. A definite colour scheme, minimal clutter and fresh new bed covers are really important to give buyers the feeling that they could relax and drift off easily.
One of the two most important rooms to get right, coloured bathroom suites can reduce the perceived value of your home, and can even prevent you from selling your house at all. They absolutely MUST be squeaky clean, whatever the suite colour.