The arrival of Spring usually heralds a significant increase in the number of homes on the market. Whether looking to rent or to buy, or sometimes just to sticky beak, after a winter in hibernation, buyers are more motivated to head out to inspect apartments and houses all across the country.
If you're the seller then you'll want your home to look it's best - there's an art to that, and artworks play a major role. If you're not able to hire the services of a professional property stylist, then these are the five guiding principles you'll want to take note of:
1. Location, location, location: it's vital to consider where buyers eyes will fall as they enter the home and enter each room. You want to draw their attention to the home's best features and this is where you position your artworks.
2. Less is more: whilst bare walls are definitely the most uninviting option, leaving a space feeling cold and unwelcoming, you do need to limit the number of pieces that you display to maintain that all important uncluttered feeling.
3. Size matters: a common mistake is to select artworks that are too small for the room or for the scale of the adjacent furnishings. At the same time you don't want artworks to dominate - they shouldn't be wider than any furniture below them.
4. Know your market: consider the overall style of your home and which buyers it will appeal to. If you keep the style of the artworks consistent with that, you will ensure it resonates even more strongly with your target market.
5. Keep it impersonal: do remember to remove any family photos and portraits - buyers and tenants alike want to be able to picture themselves and their family in the home, not you and yours.
The right sized artworks, in a style that complements that of the home, positioned for maximum impact really do make all the difference when it comes to creating that all important first impression.
We recently received this feedback from a client in Melbourne who realised the importance of artwork in making buyers fall in love with their home that they were preparing to put on the market:
" I wanted to get in touch and let you know we are very happy with the artwork - we love it! It certainly made a statement when people entered our home and we had a very successful result at auction on the weekend - very proud of how our home presented and the statement the artwork made".