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Home Selling Series 2019: What Buyers Don’t Want to see in the BEDROOM
This time of year is perfect for selling your pad and moving on to the next home for you and your family. In this series of what buyers don’t want to see when the view a potential property, we concentrate on the bedroom and what buyers see as off-putting.
Yes, it is your personal space, we get that, but all that clutter – the books, the phone cable chargers, the cups, the bits and bobs – are all distinctly off-putting to potential buyers. Why? Because clutter suggests a problem with storage, more specifically lack of storage.
What works – a bedside lamp, a book or two, a pretty coaster and maybe a vase of flowers or a plant. Keep clutter on all tops to a minimum so when you have a viewing, you can sweep over it with a duster.
An unmade bed
Admiral William McRaven in a 2018 lecture at a University in America said of the transformative power of making a bed as accomplishing the first task of the day. And that is great for getting every day off to a great start.
Frankly, the more ‘together’ your bedroom looks, the better impression that is created on buyers who want to have a sense that you ‘look after’ your property and that they are buying into a home that has been loved and nurtured.
Frankly, a made bed is a sign of adulthood too, so get to it. And add a splash of colour and texture with cushions and throws too.
A dirty carpet or dusty laminate
A grimy bedroom carpet is an instant turn off visually to potential buyers but is also not good for the aroma in your home either. If you don’t want to spend on a new carpet, then get the bedroom carpet steamed cleaned (as you should all other carpets in the home). As for laminate, it needs to be so clean you could eat your dinner from its polished boards.
Again, this is all about creating a favourable impression so that potential buyers look at the room and what it offers them, rather than becoming fixated with the odd looking stain at the bedroom door.
The heap of clothes
From heaps of clothes on top of the bedroom chair to the heap of clothes on the floor (shudder!), all that stuff is getting in the eyeline of potential buyers who are not seeing the potential in the bedroom.
Heaps of clothes swallow the space meaning someone is not getting a true reflection of the dimensions and depths of the room. It also brings to mind whether there is enough storage in the bedroom wardrobes too…
Again, it’s all about impressions so if your glossed skirting boards are looking a little scuffed and worn, get the sandpaper out to file it down and then a little dab of gloss would go a long way to create a better impression.
Ineffective window dressings
Yes, we know, you want to let plenty of light in to maximise daylight but if this means exposing the bedroom to neighbours and a street view, it may not create the right all-important first impression.
All smells a bit… stale?
Aside from cleaning the carpets, freshly laundered bedlinen and a delicately scented candle, throwing the window open to ‘change the air’ just before the viewing are all great for getting rid of the stale bedroom smell.