(Closed) How to make our house appeal to buyers

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 32
11517 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@flowercrowns:  Your house is lovely!

The playroom would bother me though – I think removing the stickers from the walls might help, as take out as much of the stuff as you can.  As well, looking at your pictures, i think you have a storage issue.  There is so much big furniture in the rooms – do you not have closets?  Does the furniture stay/is it built in? 

I would also do some weeding in the back yard  in between the patio stones and pressure wash them

ETA: forgot you in the UK – i know things are different there than here.  The first bedroom shown is actually okay in size and the furniture not too bad, it’s the second bedroom that looks really cramped – I agree with PP that anything ‘extra’ should be removed.  Even if you needed it to make the space function, you don’t want people to think there’s a storage issue.

Getting rid of one of the sofas in the living room might also help.


Post # 33
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d ditch the wallpaper, pick up the pet bowls for showings and take all the kid’s stuff off the walls.

I agree with the other poster that said the couch looks super close to the table.

Post # 34
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@ChocolateLime:  Your house is seriously gorgeous! 

I DO like the wallpaper in the lounge however I think there is too much other “dark” stuff. Remove the rug. Put white or light colored pillows on the sofas. Can you remove a couple of the smaller pieces of furniture in there? Can you add an Ikea lamp or 2 along the wall with the wallpaper to brighten it up?

Also, houses tend to take a little longer to sell this time of year. I’m not sure if it’s still winter up in the UK (I’m in Germany and it’s spring) but could you plant some flowers in pots around the front and in the garden?

Post # 35
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If your winter has been anything like what we’ve had here in New York, I would honestly blame the crap weather. My husband and I are actively looking and our agent has said that the market is still slow and should pick up in the next month or two.

Post # 36
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with other PP to declutter. The most appealing houses when we were searching were the ones that were furnished but simple. This way would could see the layout of the house without it looking vacant but still envision our things there.

Post # 37
13892 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When we were searching, we were torn between two houses.  One was completely empty, but had photos of sparsely furished rooms on the breakfast bar, and one was clean and neat, but still had a family living there.  We couldn’t imagine our own stuff in the house that was full of stuff still. 

Also, I agree with the neutral paint colors throughout the house.  Homes with wild paint or wallpaper would require more work on our end, so we appreciated the more neutral tones in the house we eventually bought.

Post # 39
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@ChocolateLime:  when my mom was trying to sell her house the realtor said to take down all the personal photos. It helps the prospective buyer imagine themselves in the house if they’re not seeing your family photos everywhere! 

Post # 41
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@ChocolateLime:  I think some rooms look too lived in, and some rooms not lived in enough.

Your kitchen looks too sterile.  Set some fruit on the counter.  Have a hidden air freshener that smells like baked apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, or something “homey”.  Set out cookies for viewers to take.

The kid’s playroom – gotta neutral that up a little bit.  It looks messy and like it doesn’t have enough space to fit all the kids stuff so it’s overflowing onto the walls, floor, etc.

The bathrooms (all of them) look staged.  You need to add some matching decorative towels.  Small paintings or wall decor would brighten up the rooms.

Post # 42
5870 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Edited after I stopped being lazy and actually looked at the photos: you don’t have clutter, but you have oversized furntire.  Rent a storage locker and move some furniture out.  For example, the love seat the backs up to the dining table, the extra pieces of furnture in the guest room, etc.  


If I were you I’d actually clear out the funtire from teh sun room as well.  


While you are at it, clear as much as you can out of your closets and cupboards.  Since you are moving soon you might as well box the stuff you aren’t going to need in the next few months – then it’ll be ready for the move.  Try to make it your goal that closets and cuboards are only about 1/2 full.  They’ll look spatious.

Outside – Consider adding some planters with greenery or flowers to the front to liven it up a little.  A large box planter on either end of the house woudl be nice.  In the back, rent a power washer and power wash the patio to get it looking fresh.


Post # 43
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

As a buyer, I’d see the front of the house and immediately be turned off. Not because the house is ugly, but because that black asphalt is a major downer, and there’s no grass to be found. If that’s where people will be parking, could you maybe add some shrubs around the front, maybe some planters or window boxes? It just really does not look very friendly, which is a shame because the inside is very nice!

Post # 45
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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ChocolateLime:   I think the house looks immaculately clean. I would start out by removing the furniture out of the sunroom. I would also consider replacing the tiles in the back yard. The black tablecloth could be removed to brighten up the dining area. I would try a white bedspread in the first room or maybe something with a bit of floral to it like the one in the second bedroom. I would also remove the numbers off the wall in the child’s room, at least while you are showing the house. I hope this helps and you’re able to sell it soon. 

Post # 44
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Have you looked at the prices of recently *sold* (not listed) houses in the area?  Those are the prices to which you need to look.

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