9 Tips to Style your Apartment to Sell

9 Tips to Style your Apartment to Sell

According to 98 percent of our agents, the power of styling cannot be underestimated when it comes to selling your property. Not only does it enhance the value of your home, but it also attracts a larger pool of potential buyers and expedites the selling process. Therefore, if you are planning to sell, it is imperative to prioritise this critical step and make the most out of your property's unique features.

Not all of us live in a large family sized house - and many of us do not want to, but when it comes to selling the same principles apply. Buyers want rooms to feel spacious and light. They want the apartment to be functional and have usable living spaces. Buyers love outdoor areas and, of course, privacy. They want to feel the apartment has been well maintained and loved. Of course, you could hire a pro, but if you want to do it yourself here are some tried and true tips to help you prepare your apartment for a profitable and fast sale.

Craft a Memorable First Impression

Ensure your home exudes cleanliness and care by starting with a freshly painted front door and well-maintained surroundings. Check and clean door handles, replace any scratched ones and consider placing a welcoming potted plant outside your front door.

Extend this attention to communal areas, sweeping and mopping to create a clean and inviting entrance way that leaves a positive impression on potential buyers. These simple yet impactful steps set the stage for a successful and swift property sale.

The kitchen: seal the deal

Optimise your kitchen's potential. Declutter countertops, upgrade cabinet fixtures, and consider modernising appliances. A fresh coat of neutral paint, thoughtful staging, and a bowl of fresh fruit enhance the kitchen's appeal.

The kitchen is the one room that can make or break a sale. It is often regarded as the heart of the house, and it has the potential to sway a lot of buyers. Investing effort into this space will lead to a beneficial result.

Define and maximise living spaces

Not all apartments are created equally, and space comes with a premium. You want to make your property seem as big as possible and create a sense of space. Declutter, strategically place furniture and use consistent flooring and colours for seamless flow. Multi-functional furniture and a well-defined layout enhance the perception of a larger, connected space.

Consistent flooring and a harmonious colour palette create a seamless flow between rooms, contributing to the perception of a larger, well-connected space.

Neutral colours for an expansive feel

The right furniture can make a space feel larger and more welcoming.

A styling trick interior designers use is opting for neutral sofa colours. Blend your sofa with the walls to create a cohesive look. This way it will not dominate the space. Use different textural elements like cushions and throws to add interest without overwhelming the space.

Maximise outdoor allure

Whether you have a balcony, courtyard or access to a garden, Kiwis love being outside.

You want to maximise your outdoor space to show off its potential. If you have room, add a full table setting and chairs. Not only will this make the space look larger, but it adds an extra living space, which will be attractive to buyers.

If the space is smaller, try a smaller table and chair settings. Add some colourful pot plants and a vertical wall garden to add some extra greenery. You want to help potential buyers imagine themselves enjoying this space.

Mirror magic for space and light

Mirrors are a magical way to make a small space instantly feel larger. A well positioned mirror will reflect light and enhance natural brightness. This alone will make the space feel larger than it is. Additionally, reflective surfaces like glass and polished materials can also contribute to this effect.

Regarding light, emphasising natural light in an apartment will greatly improve your selling chances. You can maximise natural light by keeping windows clear of heavy drapes or blinds during viewings. Ensure windows are clean inside and out; allowing unobstructed light to filter through. If your apartment has outdoor views, ensure any foliage or trees outside the windows are trimmed to allow maximum light penetration.

Bold artwork for roominess

Strategically place bold artwork. The key lies in selecting the right painting that complements the room's style and dimensions so as not to overwhelm the room. Placing the painting strategically, such as on a prominent wall or as a focal point upon entering the room, can draw the eye and give the impression of a larger space.

Luxurious touches in the bathroom

No matter the size, you can create a spa oasis in your bathroom. Clean tiles, spotless mirrors, and plush towels set the stage. Add scented candles and potted plants for a touch of indulgence.

If you have a small bathroom, don’t clutter the limited wall space with towel rails, put them on the back of the door. If you have the budget, adding a big mirror will help ensure the room appears twice the size.

To maintain the luxurious ambiance, it is important to address any stained or chipped bathtubs and basins. Consider the option of re-enamelling them to restore their pristine appearance. Additionally, if your bathroom tiles are starting to look worn-out, a fresh coat of tile paint on the walls can create the illusion of a completely revamped bathroom.

Create a bedroom sanctuary

Room size is something buyers will be after, and this can be hard to address in smaller apartments. However, there is always a way to maximise the smallest of rooms.

A little imagination can go a long way, and you can create a serene bedroom retreat. Turning to neutral colours, minimal furniture, and built-in storage enhance the sense of space.

Utilise vertical space by installing tall bookshelves, wall-mounted shelves, or hanging organisers. Vertical storage helps declutter and keeps essential items within reach without occupying precious floor area.

Clear away clutter and personal touches like photos to make bedrooms appear larger when selling your property. However, this doesn't mean the rooms have to look impersonal. Strategically place decorative elements like perfume bottles, a vintage tea cup, or a candle display to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for potential buyers to envision themselves calling the space their own.

Finally, during viewings, demonstrate various configurations of the space to showcase its versatility. For example, you may have a washer and dryer in a cupboard or a benchtop extension. This helps buyers visualise different layouts and possibilities for the room.

Follow these valuable suggestions to enhance the allure of your apartment, attract more buyers, and increase your chances of a quick and profitable sale. Create a welcoming atmosphere that allows potential buyers to envision themselves calling your apartment their own.

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