How to get the show home look in your home
The following blog post is taken from our interior design business Inspired Show Homes, a nationwide show home design, delivery and installation team that help increase market value and buyer desire!
You may think that show homes are for large property developers with sprawling plots of new homes, but the idea of maximising market value and increasing buyer desire is applicable to anyone looking to sell or rent their property, especially in a competitive market or where the asking price is much higher than average and the potential number of interested buyers is lower. As professional show home interior designers, it's our job to help the owner or developer inspire those looking at buying or renting their property. Here we share some tips on how you can do that for yourself!
Match the house to the buyer
In your own home, you will have furniture based on YOUR tastes, and unlike a show home, your house will be filled with sentimental items such as photo frames and clothes, and functional items like a vacuum cleaner, phone chargers and toilet roll! Obviously, we don't suggest renovating your home just for the sale, but consider hiding and tidying these items and keeping clutter to a minimum to create the best first impression. With regards to your own furniture, keep things clean and symmetrical. We also stick to a consistent colourway or theme throughout a show home, so if your furniture is mismatched or changes in style from room to room, try dressing furniture with accessories of a unified colour, like vases on window sills and tablecloths on tables in a matching theme.
You could even arrange furniture to show how space could be used in other ways - move a desk/dressing table into the living room or spare bedroom to demonstrate how a home office could work for the buyer - an increasingly important factor for many in today's climate.
Following on from this, we recommend using accessories to create a neutral, inviting and cosy atmosphere within the home, but keep them consistent. In a smaller property at a lower price point, it probably doesn't make much sense to spend hundreds of pounds on accessories to spruce up the home for sale, but if the house has been on the market a while or you're looking for a quick sale, it makes more sense to do this than try reducing the price by thousands. On a larger property, with a higher price point of £500,000+, it can make all the difference to those with more options within their budget.
Create a memorable experience
The easiest (and cheapest) way to get the show home look and feel is to create a memorable experience where prospective buyers will love every moment they are in your property and walk away feeling like they NEED to rent or buy your home. This can be achieved with effective use of lighting - use table and floor lamps to lighten up any dingy corners and consider dimming lights in bedrooms to create an atmosphere. You could also go the other route, particularly if it's bright and sunny outside, keep all blinds/curtains as open as possible and keep doors open to maintain plenty of natural light flowing through each room.
Scents are also a great tip here. Candles, oil burners, diffusers and even the humble plug-in gives a room a refreshing feel that stays with people when they leave the house.
It goes without saying that your home should be clean and tidy if you're looking to generate desire in prospective buyers or renters, but there are little finishing touches that we carry out when installing a show home that make a big difference:
Plump up cushions and pillows
Make the bed with precision
Arrange items on shelves in an aesthetically pleasing way - for example, arrange books alphabetically or by colour
Put fresh flowers on the dining table or kitchen worktops
Iron any crushed or misshapen textiles
Make sure all bulbs are working correctly
Tidy any cables behind electronics
Ensure the front lawn and driveway are without weeds or dirt