As we enter 2023, many of us will make some resolutions, intentions of changes we will make to our lifestyle, our health and even how we behave. If you are thinking of selling your home in the new year, what about making some resolutions for your home? Intentions of changes you will make to increase the saleability of your Chelmsford home. Houses, just like people, can sometimes be mistreated, misunderstood, and neglected, or even need a fresh pair of eyes to find that thing that’s missing. A house that looks and feels loved is a beautiful thing, which is why we have some ideas of New Year’s resolutions to help sell your home.
Sensibility to interior trends
Interior trends are often inspired by past influences, the environment, world affairs and even fashion. The colours on the catwalk often transpose into our homes through home furnishings or wall coverings. Some trends survive longer than others, but sometimes, a hot trend can look dated before it has had time to age through wear and tear.
Gemma Riberti, Head of Interiors at international trend forecasting agency WGSN, said in Elle Décor: “We enter 2023 with a lot of uncertainty, and cost of living is a priority. So whatever product or space we are going to interact with will need to be meaningful to engage with, to deliver something beyond the mere item or room.” In other words, if there is a trend, furnishing or furniture that you fall in love with and that suits your home, and you believe you will still feel the same even as the trend loses its shine, then go for it.
What you must bear in mind is the mass appeal; if your taste is too extreme you may start to turn off buyers. Buyers are looking for a blank canvas from which they can start to imagine their own design ideas coming to life. Therefore, try to keep the décor as neutral as possible and add colours and style through accents and accessories, as these can be easily changed.
Making space for your soul
“Decluttering your life changes more than the way your home looks and feels. It makes space for your soul to discover that your happiness never was found in all that excess stuff.” Julia Ubbenga.
Throughout the year, we accumulate more and more things that start to fill our homes to excess. Some people are great about getting rid of clutter, taking time every few months to ensure that their home is filled with the beautiful and useful. We all have stuff we keep hold of for a variety of reasons, some could have sentimental value, but knick-knacks make fantastic dust collectors. Making changes can be hard, yet the feeling when decluttering has been finished is like having weight lifted and your home starts to look fresh and renewed.
It is easier to reorganise rooms when they have less in them, and personalised items such as photos and mementos can often confuse buyers. One way to approach decluttering is to ask yourself, is it useful and do I love it? You would never throw out your favourite mixing bowl when it is the only one you ever use when you are baking. Whenever you get flowers, you always place them in a particular vase because its simplicity is beautiful and you couldn’t imagine placing them in anything else.
Keep on top of maintenance
With the extreme weather we have had over the last few weeks, stories of burst pipes before Christmas and other disasters, it does make you think about the condition of your home. Although many of the incidents were outside the homeowners’ control there are many things you can do to ensure that you prevent or minimise damage in the future. We know money is tight but try to plan to do something each month, so your home is always looking loved and cared for. Clean your gutters, unblock drains, refreshen paint work, fix broken fences, trim back trees and shrubs, and all those other little jobs that you may put off. Giving your home regular TLC will make it more attractive to potential buyers when you decide to place it on the market.
Enjoy the rewards
Creating a home where the décor is timeless and gives you that ‘home’ feeling from the minute you walk in, a house that is organised and is filled with things you want and need, and a property where you treat the elements with respect will always reward you but will always help sell your home. For more advice on moving home in Chelmsford come and talk to our team at Charles David Casson.