decorating tips
03 September 2015

Selling an old home? Five quick ways to make it look modern

If you’re getting ready to sell your home and it’s looking a little tired and dated, you don’t have to go through an entire renovation to give it a fresh, modern feel.

With a bit of a cosmetic facelift, you can create a contemporary, uncluttered space that is attractive and welcoming to potential buyers. Here are five quick and easy ways to update your old home to one that buyers can see themselves living in from the first inspection.

1. Paint

You can’t beat a fresh coat of paint for an immediate update, without too much of a financial outlay. Using a neutral tone such as a warm white or cream is best, as it allows prospective buyers to more easily imagine their own belongings in place.

2. Replace old window coverings

Replacing dated or worn window coverings with modern blinds can instantly transform any room. Contemporary roller blinds throughout your home are a great choice, as they’re easy to use, come in a variety of neutral colours to enhance the modern look you’re creating, and allow control over privacy and light.

3. Improve your lighting

Replacing outdated light fixtures is a small step that makes an incredible difference. Choose modern fixtures and energy efficient bulbs that provide ample light to ensure your rooms are shown off to best advantage. Just remember to stick to the neutral theme for fixtures, and think simple rather than elaborate.

4. Give your bathroom and kitchen a facelift

You don’t need to do a full renovation to make your kitchen and bathrooms appear more modern. Along with the fresh coat of paint, new tile splash backs, drawer pulls and cupboard handles in the kitchen, and new mirrors, cabinet hardware, and tapware in the bathroom can make a huge difference without too much time, expense and effort!

5. Declutter and accessories

You can’t pull off an updated contemporary look if your home is chock full of furniture and personal objects such as photos and ornaments. Decluttering your space is one of the most important elements in staging your home for potential buyers. Declutter tables and shelves, and remove any furniture that is not strictly functional.

Once you’ve taken away the clutter, it’s time to put a few of the right accessories back to create an appealing atmosphere. Add colour with rugs, cushions or throws in the lounge and bedrooms, and new towels and a bathmat in the bathroom. Think an inviting fruit bowl on the dining room table or the kitchen bench, fresh flowers throughout the house, and scented candles.

Once you’ve completed the updating, take a step back to look at your old home from a buyer’s perspective, ensuring each room presents uniformly. You never know, you may just want to reconsider putting it on the market when you realise just how sleek and new it looks.

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