Listing your home is not something you should attempt without being sure that you know what you’re doing. Before you do it, you need proper knowledge about how the market works, what do you need to do and what elements of your house to fix – and, of course, how the interior design of your house will affect the price you can get for it.
If you can’t improve it, at least don’t make it worse
First, you have to understand that the interior design of your house is affected by the way you treat it. While it’s fairly easy to design a house which is hypothetically kept in a certain style, the way you treat it throughout the years you live in it will affect whether or not the house remained in the style it was supposed to be.
Simply put, many people buy houses, or build them, in a certain style – the interior designers which help them with achieving that goal make sure that the final effect can be called, say a modern house. However, sometimes later the owners bring in a lot of decoration, differently textured or colored furniture, photographs or anything else – long story short, you might be unwillingly ruining the intended design of your house.
Now, the thing is, there is nothing wrong with that, nothing at all – that homey twist in every house makes it cozier, adds a personal vibe, provides a certain atmosphere which reflects the soul of the owners of a house. That’s just a personal touch, as I like to call it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it as long as you live in the house – it’s your house after all, so it’s perfectly natural for the house to be just like you want it to be.
However, when selling your house, if we want to get the most out of it, and achieve the best possible price, there is no place for the personal touch. Your potential customers will want a stylish, clean house, with a clear interior design type. That’s why you need to learn how the interior design affects the procedure of selling your house, and how to restore the house to its original design.
The interior design of your house has to be explicit
The interior design plays an immense role in the real estate market – the buyers want a house which was designed in a certain style, without any personal twists to it. It’s crucial that you underline the original interior design of your house, and not twist it with any changes.
That’s why before you list up your house for sale, you should examine the design of your house – what’s the style of your house, or at least what style was it supposed to be?
Once you’re able to answer that question, it’s time to get rid of all the objects which aren’t really suitable for that given style – while it was okay for you to have a rustic art in a modern house, as long as you’re not listing your house under the ” eclectic” category, most likely your potential buyers won’t appreciate that funny and goofy twist.
The interior design of your house is what draws the attention on the market, so make sure that anyone who enters your house, or watches the photos even before that happens, is able to instantly say the design of your house is cohesive, to the point and done by the book in the very style under which you’re listing your house. Buying a house is always a very important purchase, and because of that the customers want to get exactly what they are looking for, and nothing else – if they came to you to see a Scandinavian house, they want to see a Scandinavian house, and not a mixture of a few other styles.
Remember this, as this is what will either sell your house or scare all the buyers away. Make sure the interior design of your house is underlined, clear, and explicit.
Your house should be a stylish, yet blank canvas
One of the most important tips any interior designer will give you is the simple truth that the visitors which come to your house to see whether or not is it one they’d like to buy, is that there shouldn’t be any personal items in the interiors you’ll be showing them.
The thing is, your house should be like a blank canvas on which your potential buyers should be able to imagine their own life. You are supposed to give them the opportunity of imagining all their personal items, decoration, heirlooms and even clothes, right there in your house. Get them hooked on the idea that this house is a perfect place for them to live their life.
If you fail to do that and leave all of your stuff laying all over the place, they will not be able to picture such a situation. They will be still visiting your house, not a potentially their house. See the difference?
So, everything has to go – your clothes, personal decoration, family photographs and what not. We want a clean, fresh house, with only one aspect of it visible and underlined – the interior design.
Focus on advertising your house the correct way
Before you can welcome any potential buyers in your house, they will have spent a lot of time looking through all the offers available on the market – and that means photographs of the houses which have been listed.
The photographs are crucial – it’s when your potential buyers see your house for the very first time and decide whether or not is it even worthy of the actual visit. Don’t take this matter lightly, it’s crucial that you do your best to make your house as stylish as it could ever be in the photos that will be delivered to the potential customers.
Not only will the photos advertise your house better, but also if more people get interested in your real estate, the traffic will affect the price – when the word gets out that a stylish and well-designed house entered the market, the value of your house will sky-rocket, because when there are more potential buyers, you can always expect them to offer more money to win with their competitors.
It’s not only the price that will be affected by such advertisement, but also the time it will take to sell the house – obviously, with more people interested in your house, we can expect it sell faster, and since time is money, I’m quite sure you’d like to sell it as fast as possible.
Because of all that, make sure that the interior design of your house is presented in the most attractive way possible – focus on the strong points of your house, and try to show it in the best of light.
Tip: if you can’t call yourself a very good interior photographer, I strongly advise that you hire a professional one, preferably one which has some experience with making this kind of photos.
But what if the interior design of my house is lacking?
That’s a fair question – all the talk about exposing the strongest points of your house in the photographs, but what about the parts of it which aren’t all that good, whether it is because they’ve been rather poor, to begin with, or because they are showing the signs of age?
While nobody wants to invest money into remodeling or refreshing a house just before selling it – after all, you’re trying to get money out of it, not put some in it – sometimes it’s the best thing to do. Some houses, or at least certain areas of them, require a bit of work to be done before you can try to sell the house for the best possible price.
It’s important that you understand that some areas of your house have a better resale value than others – because of that, you should focus on fixing all the areas which give you the best bang-for-your-buck, like repainting the walls.
Even something as simple as that, and relatively inexpensive too, can make your house sell way faster, and more likely than not you can get back most of the cost in the higher selling price.
If you’re unsure yourself what’s worthy of a fix, before you sell your house, you can consider hiring a home stager – these are people who professionally deal with preparing a house for sale, and will tell you everything you need to know about that matter, starting from decoration, and ending on actual remodels.
However, I’d advice to hire a home stager only to those of you who want to sell a big and expensive house, in which case the cost of such a professional will be relatively low, compared to the value of your house. In the case of those of you who are trying to sell a house of lower value, the cost might not be worth it.
Be it as it may, consider fixing some of the cheaper areas of your house. People generally focus on:
- Repainting the walls
- Replacing worn bathroom fixtures
- Replacing curtains and textiles
- Eliminating all the bad odors
Tip: an additional element of refreshing your house that never fails is buying some fresh flowers, for each of the interiors you’ll be showing when the visitors arrive. It just never fails, as nothing brings a clean and airy atmosphere into a house as the flowers.
Accentuate the purpose of every interior
Interior design plays an immense role in making sure that the purpose of every single one of your interiors is explicit and clear – make sure the same can be said about your house.
When the potential buyers enter your house for a showing, they want to be able to instantly tell what’s the purpose of every one of your interiors. Use interior design to help them with that.
It’s actually simpler than it sounds – just make sure your interiors do not have any unnecessary accessories in them. While you might have been using your kitchen as your home office from time to time, just because you liked to do your work on that amazing kitchen island you got yourself, for someone else it might not be the best of ideas. Make sure the role of every single one of your interiors is explicit and clear.
When remodeling your house for the upcoming sale, leave only the furniture, accessories and decoration which are crucial to the role of that interior – nothing else should be inside, or else it might cause confusion among your visitors, and when a potential customer is confused, he might want to look for another house.
Underline the atmosphere
Every type if interior design carries a certain vibe with it – for example, the modern interiors are generally sleek, elegant and airy, while rustic houses possess the cozy and homey feeling which many people crave for.
Before you list your house, make sure you understand the atmosphere of your house, which stems from the design of your interiors. Then, do your best to emphasize it.
As I’ve said before, more likely than not your potential buyers are looking for a certain, very precisely selected style – which doesn’t only mean they want the house to have the features of that style, but also the feeling which is a part of that style.
Because of that, once you understand what the core of your house is about, and what kind of atmosphere reflects that style best, do your best to underline the effect – decorate it appropriately, and get rid of anything that breaks the immersion.
Trust me, once you’re able to expose the soul of your house, it will sell way faster – look up the most cohesive decoration elements for each style, and decorate yours with them.
That’s it for today, fellow readers – I’m sure that now it will be much easier for you to prepare your house to get the best possible offer for it. Understanding the core elements of the interior design of your house will not only help you with that but may also help you decorate your new home!