Preparing your home for sale. The Lounge
by Michelle Wilden, Senior Branch Valuer
“One of the most important rooms in the house”
In some houses, the lounge the very first room you walk into, straight from the front door. Others homes may have the benefit of having a hallway. Because of this your lounge needs to have a wow factor. It needs to be a place a buyer can see themselves living in, whether it’s a for their sole use or a place for the family to gather. Many people feel that the lounge is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s the place we spend a lot of time in – relaxing, listening to music, watching tv, entertaining and socializing.
Because we spend so much time here, we often end up collecting clutter, making our lounge look smaller than it actually is.
In many cases, an enormous difference can be made by moving around furniture, having a clear out and making your room actually feel like a lounge and not a large store-room. Try and show as much clear floor as you can. This alone can give the illusion of more space.
Try to clear the children’s toys away. I know in many homes I visit they need to stay and if this is your case, store them in tasteful storage boxes or baskets. Make sure books and CDs and neatly stacked on shelves or completely out-of-the-way. Coffee tables are a prime dumping ground for magazines, cups, ashtrays etc, so clear these away and replace them with a central display such as fruit or flowers.
Finally, to ensure that your home smells fresh and clean, open your windows, particular if you smoke or have pets. Nobody likes a smelly home!
If you are thinking of moving and would like some free home staging advice from one of our valuers, please call our office on 01524 843322 or 409100