The key points on to selling your home with style
PUBLISHED: 14:39 23 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:21 20 February 2013
Hunters' agent Lester Hurst and his designer wife Natalie Murray-Hurst explain how to sell your home with style
The print version of this article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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Hunters agent Lester Hurst and his designer wife Natalie Murray-Hurst explain how to sell your home with style
Selling your home can be a daunting prospect. But it doesnt have to be that way if you follow our simple guide to dressing your property with style.
We believe that when you put your home up for sale you are not just selling the property, but also the lifestyle that comes with it. If you thoughtfully dress your home, you can clearly demonstrate to potential purchasers exactly how they could live.
A stylish interior attracts attention and, more importantly, eager buyers, giving sellers a better chance of achieving their optimum sale price in the shortest time. Sound too good to be true? Why not put the following tips to the test.
Timeless versus trendy
Many of us want our homes to be on trend, full of high fashion pieces and statement accessories, but remember that trends come and go. A wiser option when selling is to keep your accessories and furniture choices timeless and classic. Bright colours arent the enemy, but do handle them with care and bear in mind that you are trying to please as many potential buyers as possible.
Dont build barriers
Its important that your furniture arrangement allows easy movement through your rooms. Make sure chairs and tables dont obstruct and always leave room for access.
Keep it simple
Dont overcrowd your home with personal treasures. Collectable items and photographs should be stored away if you dont have room for them. Clear the clutter from your mantelpiece and make sure every item counts. Remember, families are looking for their new home, so you need to remove your personal stamp from it.
If you have a focal point in a room, make it stand out. If your living room has an attractive fireplace, arrange artwork and furniture around this important element to draw the eye of prospective buyers.
Dont hug the walls
Furniture arrangement is key, so avoid arranging chairs, sofas and tables around the perimeter of the room. Opt for smaller conversational groupings instead and pull pieces into the centre of the room for a warmer, more comfortable feeling.
Many sellers underestimate the importance of the kitchen in adding value. If your kitchen is dated, simple improvements like painting units or replacing door handles can dramatically revitalise the design.
Lester runs Hunters Estate Agents in Ilkley, covering the Wharfe Valley, and can be contacted on 01943 660500 or via www.huntersnet.co.uk/offices/ilkley.
Natalie owns Leeds-based Murray Hurst Interiors on 0113 243 6767 and at murrayhurstinteriors.co.uk.