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BEAT THE WINTER WEATHER… Take a Positive Step and Tackle those home improvements!

Don’t let the winter blues get you down, instead take a good look at your home and consider how you can improve and ultimately enjoy your space more this year with friends and family.

Michele's Decor Tip

Denim Blue is going to be a new 2017 colour trend.

Is your bathroom falling apart or lounge looking tired and out-dated, paintwork jaded and needs re-freshing with contemporary colours, kitchen splashbacks need updating, then use these dark days to brighten up your home, feel energised and love your home all over again.

Considering selling?

Global and European political uncertainty has caused the City property market to become very sluggish especially for mid to high priced properties, so don’t sit back and be complacent that your property will sell, you have stiff competition.

My advice is to make sure your property is in tip top condition and gorgeous, to entice those buyers to part with their hard earned money.


Be prepared and do any work before you invite the agent round. 
 Now is the perfect time to get the work done in readiness for Spring – a prime selling time to catch those busy buyers.

Get your Estate Agent excited by your property. Make sure your property stands out from others at the same price.  Yes, you might be making their job easier, but it will work if you want them to prioritise your property.

Finally, style your home – dress to impress.  You really need to do this, to obtain fantastic photography and create a lifestyle for your purchaser.  Don’t forget the internet is used to narrow down a selection of possible homes to purchase, only then do purchasers decide which property to physically visit.  Styling and photography should never be under-estimated.

Michele's Styling Tip

Resting an interesting object on a couple of books, always works.

Use a Property Styling Company like Haynes Interiors

My clients receive a “Home Style Report”, which highlights on a room by room basis their properties strengths and weaknesses and offers working solutions.  Armed with the “Report” my clients then decide whether to tackle the works themselves or alternatively use my expertise to project co-ordinate all or some of the works; such as re-painting, lighting, fitting new worktops, splashbacks, total bathroom renovation or just the styling/dressing element on their behalf.

Clients are often advised by the Agent to put their property up for a higher value than originally envisaged after the works and in my experience receive offers within the month.

A FEW STIMPLE TIPS I ADVISE CLIENTS:-

  • De-Clutter – personal effects.
  • Spring clean – clean all cupboards inside and out.
  • Consider your walls – repaint or change to new colour schemes if they are tired.
  • Colour schemes – Neutrals are good. But beware – don’t make it all beige!
  • Store – unwanted items and excess furniture.
  • Consider the ergonomics of each room – show purchasers how to utilise each space
  • Style throughout – use new bed linen, cushions, fresh flowers or plants and make it welcoming.

mirrorWhy not reap the benefits of someone else’s candour?

Haynes Interiors as Interior Designers and Property Stylists can provide you with an invaluable and unbiased opinion.

We provide hire furniture, art and physically style properties, which may be particularly useful if your property has been rented and is now standing empty.

Many people find de-cluttering incredibly difficult on their own or choosing paint colours overwhelming and stressful, so don’t worry about asking for help as we are approachable, know the Barbican and The City well, and use reliable tradesmen.

Contact Michele Haynes on // 07984 884408 // m.haynes@haynesinteriors.co.uk

www.haynesinteriors.co.uk.