There are many quick and easy ways that you can redesign your home to make it more appealing to potential property buyers, without breaking the bank. From adding a lick of paint to the walls, to upcycling old furniture, to investing in savvy storage solutions – if you’re willing to dedicate some effort and creativity, it’s entirely possible to beautify your entire home on a reasonable budget.
To help get you started, here are five tips for quick and cost-effective interior design, which could add value and appeal to your home – and, ultimately, lead to a fast house sale!
INVEST IN SOME STORAGE-SAVVY FURNISHINGS
Getting rid of clutter is the first, and most important step, of cost-effective interior design. A tidy room is always more appealing than a messy one, and the extra space will make the property seem bigger – which is, naturally, more appealing to potential home buyers.
Decluttering may seem like a lengthy task when you first start out, but if you set aside one day to get the job done, it will be over before you know it. You could even make some extra cash out of the furniture, clothes, or household accessories that you no longer need, by selling them on eBay or holding a car boot sale.
Once you have thrown out any unnecessary clutter, a great way to control any remaining items is to invest in furniture that has a double-duty – to look stylish and store items at the same time.
For example, if there is not enough room in your wardrobe for all your clothes and shoes, an ottoman bed can offer you some extra storage space for items which are only needed every once in a while – like camping gear, or ski wear. You can find quality ottoman beds in a range of stores, for as little as £130.
Many people find that their living room gets cluttered very quickly with every-day items, such as books, remote controls, magazines etc. Why not introduce a coffee table with hidden drawers or cupboards, as this will allow extra space while adding a statement piece to the room? These days, there are plenty of stylish coffee tables available which are also great value for money, starting at just £70.
Smaller storage investments can also go a long way toward achieving a tidy living space. Wicker baskets or fabric storage boxes, for example, look very chic in bedrooms and communal living spaces, and are great for storing smaller, everyday items that may not necessarily have their own places – such as paperwork, school books, and stationery, etc. You can buy stylish baskets and boxes from almost every homeware shop, for prices as low as £2.
ADD A LICK OF PAINT
Painting is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways that a seller can make their home as appealing as possible. It’s also one of the simplest tasks that not-so-handy homeowners can do on their own – without having to call in the painting pros.
The colour of the rooms in your property will help future home buyers to envision themselves living there – so it’s important to choose welcoming and desirable colours, which will appeal to a wide range of people.
Below is a list of colours that are guaranteed to freshen up your walls and add some wow-factor:
- GREYS – Lighter shades of grey have gained in popularity over the last few years, and look great in any room. They are complemented by natural light and blend with a wide range of colours and textures.
- BLUES – Blue always looks fresh, and the colour is loved by everyone. Softer shades of blue, such as duck egg or powder blue, can create a cool, soothing environment, and work particularly well in bedrooms and bathrooms.
- NEUTRALS – If you want your walls to be a backdrop rather than a focal point, then you should opt for neutral colours, such as beige, walnut, or ivory. Neutral colours are great because they appeal to home buyers, and give a warm undertone to the room.
- EARTHY TONES – If you prefer a little more colour on your walls, earthy shades of brown and green can be cosy and inviting, especially for living rooms and dining rooms. Try to pick a lighter shade, as denser shades can make rooms look dark.
The cost of wall paint can vary depending on the quality and the store that you buy it from – however, basic paints usually range from as little as £5-£35 for a 2.5 litre tub. So, to paint an average-sized room (800 square foot) you will need around two gallons of paint – which will equate to £20-£140.
If you live in an old property, where the walls are a little unkempt or uneven, you will need to add a primer coat or undercoat before painting properly, as this will help to even out any bumps or cracks, and give a smoother finish. On average, primers and undercoats can cost between £10-£15 per liter tub.
If you don’t have enough in your budget to paint an entire room, you could paint one ‘statement’ wall and keep the others white. Or, you could add a backsplash of colour behind prominent areas of the room – such as the stove in the kitchen, or the fireplace in the living room.
REVIVE OLD FURNITURE
If you don’t want to invest in brand new furniture, but your existing furniture is looking a little shabby, why not give it a new lease of life by ‘upcycling’?
Spray painting furniture is a cheap and easy way to revive worn-out furniture, such as kitchen cabinets, dining room chairs, bookcases, and bedside tables. Compared to going down the traditional paint-brush route, spray-painting can work on a variety of different surfaces (e.g. wood, plastic, steel) and gets the job done quickly – often in under ten minutes.
Furniture spray paint costs as little as £6 for a 400ml bottle, and is available from most DIY or hardware stores. Much like potted paint, spray-paint has a variety of different finish options, from matt to high gloss – so be sure to select the finish that fits your furniture needs.
You can also improve the appearance of ordinary or inexpensive furniture, by getting your creative cap on and adding new embellishments. For example, you can spruce up an average-looking cabinet by adding some new fancy drawer knobs, or by adding crown moulding across the top and bottom edges to give it a more majestic look.
A few minor touch-ups here and there can go a long way towards making a favorable impression with future property buyers — and perhaps even help to seal a deal.
MAKE MORE LIGHT
Your impression of a room is all about perception, and lighting is a very good tool for fashioning property buyers’ perceptions. The right lighting can transform the mood and feel of your home, whilst giving it that extra wow-factor for potential buyers when they come to look round.
If you live in an older property, it is likely that the central light in most rooms will be a bulb that hangs from the ceiling. By adding a standout chandelier to the hanging light, which can cost as little as £25, you will make the room look more regal and expensive.
Lamps are also a great addition to any room in the house. Not only can they add some depth and texture to the room’s décor, but they are also great for creating ‘mood-lighting’ during night-time house viewings – which will only add to the property’s appeal and encourage offers to come in quicker. Try replacing old, miss-matched table lamps with stylish matching ones on your bedside tables, and add a large floor lamp to the corner of your living room.
If you want your home to have a more modern feel, LED strip lighting is very affordable and can really help to jazz up a room. You can place a strip of LED lights under shelves or kitchen units, for as little as £20 for a metre.
If the rooms in your property still look dark, even though you’ve included some extra lighting, adding a few mirrors is a simple yet effective way of creating the illusion of more light.
Not only do mirrors look fantastic and add to the grandeur of a room, but placing mirrors opposite big open windows will trick the eye into thinking there is another window there, which maximises the impact of natural lighting. You can also strategically place mirrors so that they reflect light into darker corners, to make the room appear bigger and brighter.
You can buy beautifully framed mirrors from a range of homeware stores and supermarkets. Smaller mirrors tend to come in at around £20-60, whereas bigger mirrors can cost anything from £60 upwards.
INSTALL SOME FINISHING TOUCHES
As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression – so a few simple ‘finishing touches’ can go a long way.
For example, the bathroom is often the room that is most overlooked in properties, so sprucing up your bathroom is a great way to make your property stand out from others on the market.
Keep to whites or softer colours on the walls to give the bathroom a fresh feel, but consider adding some bold, standout tiling or bathroom accessories to make the room look less clinical. Matching towels, bath mats, and soap dispensers are a good place to start – and they certainly won’t drain your purse!
Also, have a quick look around the living room. Are any of the walls looking a little bare? If so – then it’s time to invest in some wall décor. Large pictures (which can be bought for as little as £15-£20 from most homeware stores) and clocks (which can cost anything from £20 and upwards) always look fantastic when hung above a fireplace or a sofa.
To ensure that you appeal to a wide range of potential property buyers, it’s best if your wall décor is neutral and not distracting – a little bit like the art you see in hotels. Ensure that the pictures or clocks that you choose match the theme of your living room, as this will help to lift your presentation and add a homely feel.
If you have invested time and effort into improving the interior of your property using the above tips, but it isn’t getting any offers, then perhaps it’s time to consider selling the property through a private cash house buyer such as We Buy Any Home? We can provide you with an initial offer within 24 hours of contact – enabling completion on a house sale in as little as seven days.