Should I redecorate before I sell my home?

Question
I’d like to sell my home and I was told by the estate agent that it’s best to redecorate it so that it’s easier on the eye and potential buyers. What would you recommend I do? Is it best to go neutral? Should I remove some furniture to make the house look less cluttered?

 
Answer
First impressions count, so make sure that your house as seen from the street is neat and tidy. No rubbish bins in sight and make sure your front door has a fresh coat of paint on it. If you entrance is run down and the first thing the buyer sees is peeling or chipped paint it will give a bad impression before they've even entered the house. To sell your house you need good street appeal. Make sure your windows are sparkling and your front garden and any plants are in good condition. Keep decor plain and simple. Choose neutral colour schemes. Have your walls repainted in 'off white' colours that will add a sense of freshness and light to the rooms. Paint your ceilings white to create a sense of space. You want to provide people with a blank canvas to do what they want. You don't want to give them anything that they might not like, i.e. you might think a bright red feature wall will look good - but the person viewing the house may hate red. You don't want to risk doing something that people might not like. So stick to neutral. You want to create a sense of as much light and space as possible. So make sure there that all windows are letting in the maximum light, and that they are not restricted by curtains etc. Hang mirrors opposite windows to create even more light. Mirrors are a very clever tool to use to create the illusion of space. If you are going to spend money on renovations, I recommend that you update bathrooms and kitchens above all else. They're the two big things that people look out for. If you can't afford to renovate your kitchen and bathrooms, make sure that are in good condition - no doors falling off hinges etc. Once again a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. On viewing days, clear all clutter from surface tops, and work spaces. Keep your house as uncluttered as possible. Fresh flowers are a good touch and make sure the house smells beautiful with room diffusers or fragranced oil lamps. You want to appeal to all the senses to make the best impression.
 
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Giselle Wason
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Dominico House

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