Selling Houses Australia

How to Neutralise Visual Clutter

We all know one of the golden rules of selling is 'de-clutter', but what happens when the clutter is built into the bricks and mortar? Shaynna Blaze shows us how to minimise the impact of a messy living space.

Multiple architecture or design features in a home create too many focal points – for a buyer it becomes visual clutter. And while there are solutions, it can be one of the hardest things for vendors to address. It’s difficult for them to imagine any differences.

Structural features can be expensive to alter but luckily you don’t have to go the full reno to make a difference.

Removing curved arches can be costly, so pick the ones that are easiest to fix. I’ve minimised the impact of these arches by reducing the bold colour schemes and clutter around them.

Identify the rooms that are going to have the biggest impact on buyers and concentrate your efforts in these areas.

Extreme tiling in bathrooms and kitchens might be easier than you think to fix. Get a professional to spray paint the tiling – it’s a much cheaper alternative to re-tiling the whole room and will stand the test of time.

Too many feature walls and clashing colours can polarise buyers – you love them or hate them. If they’re in good condition simply re-paint outdated shades with a neutral colour scheme to bring your home quickly up to date.

Dark trims can date a house and make a room look busy – these are easily painted out giving the room a more cohesive feel.

Too much exposed brickwork can suck the light out of a room and create a myriad of lines you don’t need. I’ve used plaster board to cover the offending surface - creating a new clean area to paint. 

Remember, just because you've been living with dated archways and old tiles, doesn't mean your buyers want to.

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