Whether you are preparing your home for sale or lease, there are a few small steps (other than making sure your home is clean and clutter-free) that will give you maximum impact for minimal effort. Looks matter, and with prospective purchasers viewing many properties, you can’t afford to have a home that doesn’t present well.
First impressions count - nothing is more welcoming than an inviting entrance. Make a statement and say ‘hello’ by adding a fresh coat of paint to your entrance door in a glossy, interesting hue. Once the door is taken care of, think about the surrounds on the porch or door step. Clear away the cobwebs around the eaves and porch lights and add a new potted plant or flowering shrub to instantly lift the area.
Curb appeal - your home needs to present well from the street and grab buyer’s attention for the right reasons. Paint your front fence, replace struggling plants and update your letter box or house number so that your home is easily identified.
Let the fresh air in - your home should smell fresh and clean upon entering. If fresh air isn’t enough to eliminate odour though, choose a candle with a modest scent, you don’t want to overpower prospective buyers with hay fever inducing air sprays!
Temperature - ensure your home is a suitable temperature when conducting open homes or the like. There is nothing more consoling than stepping into a warm home on a cold winter’s day and although not a main selling point, subconsciously prospective buyers will associate the home with a feeling of comfort.
Use warm globes - cool lights can make rooms feel cold and clinical, are generally too harsh and create unflattering illumination. Switch your globes to warm to guarantee your home is shown in its best light.
Cover up - one of the easiest ways to update your home is with a lick of paint and if you want extra bang for your buck, painting is definitely the way to go. Stick to neutral hues and modern greys that won’t polarise any would be purchasers.
Don’t forget the rear yard - mowing the lawns and weeding the garden beds are a must, however think about how your exterior spaces will present. Whether you have a small rear patio or vast lawn; select outdoor furniture to suit the space so that buyers can envisage themselves utilising each area. Attend to odd jobs outside such as that piece of decking board that needs replacing or that step in need of stabilising, as purchasers will be drawn to these niggly bits and pieces.
Its a busy season coming up for selling homes here in Victoria, PIP+COOP also offer styling for Sale services and we would love to help you get your home sale ready this season!
Please send us a message in the contact link and we will get back to you to organise a free consultation.
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All Photos PIP+COOP property styling for sale.
As we discuss ideas of more sustainable living in all aspects of our lives, the focus shifts to ways we can incorporate this into our homes by selecting hand crafted and artisan items over mass produced, cookie cutter replicas.
Over the past few months we have seen a resurgence of homewares and furniture which take us back to basics with the use of rustic and raw materials including stone washed linen, stripped back timbers, crochet and organic shaped ceramics with worn glazes.
Support for smaller businesses and designers’ using locally sourced materials has also increased as we see consumers embrace local markets and pop-up galleries selling unique, well crafted pieces. And although handmade, these pieces are far from kitsch, taking on simple and refined forms which play to the modest nature of this trend.
Older methods of craft are again being explored also; rattan for example is being applied to contemporary designs and blemished wood, previously tossed to the side, is being lavished with attention - without a pre-programmed machine in sight. Likewise, humble materials such as plywood and concrete are being mindfully crafted to create something from what was traditionally nothing - think plywood cabinetry and suspended ceilings to concrete bathtubs and basins.
Similarly up-cycling of items we already own is ever popular; often a good sand and new coat of paint or fresh upholstery can repurpose a piece, eliminating the need for sending it straight to the rubbish pile - both cost effective and waste minimising!
Photo Inspiration Left to right:
Porktown MFG Custom Furniture
Melbourne Based Bicker Design
PIP+COOP and Adele Joy Chard Artwork Collaboration
Mornington Peninsula Based Artist - Kaz Morton Ceramics
There is no better feeling than falling into a plush, luxurious bed at the end of the day or reading the weekend paper surrounded by a cloud of soft pillows and blankets. Our bedrooms are our sanctuary, where we can escape the worries of everyday life and an integral part of the bedroom is of course your bed!
For the past couple of years there had been a saturation of timber beds on the market, but lately we have seen a shift towards upholstered bedheads which and are available in a variety of styles and colours.
Adding an extra layer of comfort to your bedroom, you can’t go past an upholstered bedhead to emulate the sense and sophistication of a deluxe hotel room. Whether you choose a sleek modern design or a classic silhouette with studs and buttons, an upholstered bedhead will create a statement and enliven the bedroom. If your bedroom requires a touch of glamour, look for a bedhead in a vibrant hue - think rich, jewel like tones in lush fabrics such as velvet or chenille. Or if you prefer a more muted colour palette, opt for a neutral colour in either fabric or leather that will stand the test of time.
If you can’t quite find what you are looking for, consider a custom made behead which can be tailored to suit your individuality and will last a lifetime. There are also great ranges of personalised artisan bed heads (such as those from Australian brands Mexsii or Heatherly Design Bedheads) which are literally pieces of artwork all to their own.
When looking for a new bedhead don’t be deterred by the size either, as the higher the bed head, the more snug you will feel, I can guarantee it!
Photo Inspo right to left:
PIP+COOP Styling - NATHAN+JAC bedhead
Mixii bedhead-Photo via instagram.
‘Lincoln’ bedhead by Heatherly Design Bedheads
We may still be waiting for the warmer weather; however it is now officially Spring! Being the season of renewal and rejuvenation, spring is the perfect time to spruce up your home and add a breath of fresh air. Here are a few tips to help you wave winter goodbye...
Brighten up your home – We tend to gravitate towards moody, dark colours during winter and heavily textured materials to keep us warm. However, spring is the perfect time to rethink your colour scheme and literally lighten up your home. Channel the colours of spring by adding a new cushion or two, investing in fresh linen or updating your tableware. Think blossom pinks, pastel blues and mint greens that mimic the outside hues of spring.
Rework your style – as they say, a change is as good as a holiday and you can’t help but feel refreshed and accomplished after re-arranging a room. Playing around with the orientation of your furniture is an obvious change; however don’t underestimate the impact of simply reorganising your display items or changing around your pieces of wall art.
Get it done – despite our best intentions, there are always those odd jobs around the home that we never quiet have time to attend to - or constantly put off! Whether it is that front fence that needs a new coat of paint, that kitchen cupboard hinge that needs adjusting or that artwork you were meant to hang months ago, spring provides the perfect opportunity to knuckle down complete these unfinished projects.
Spring clean - you can’t undervalue the power of a gold old fashioned clean to have your home looking its best again. Cleaning and de-cluttering your home can seem overwhelming; therefore it’s best to tackle one room at a time. Be sure to pay extra attention to areas that are skimmed over during the cooler months especially your windows, both inside and out. Clear, streak free panes make such a difference, allowing extra light and warmth into each room and bringing that gorgeous spring sun in.
All that’s left is to add a bunch of your favourite spring blooms...
PIP+COOP have a few spots left for consult leading into spring, feel free to contact us via email or phone. If you are selling your home this Spring we also offer Styling for sale services!
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PIP+COOP Styling Photo - Styling job for Styling Properties
Colours of spring Image- Via lifeaswaterelement.tumblr
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