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Do the tricks for making your house appeal really work?
January, 2021

Do the tricks for making your house appeal really work?

When it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your property, there are a whole host of tricks that are said to make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

But do they really work?

More of us than ever before are reading content online and there’s no shortage of articles telling homeowners how they can enhance the appeal of their home.

From a fresh lick of paint through to de-cluttering and de-personalising your home, there’s hundreds of ways to help to sell your home faster. We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular tips to establish whether or not they will actually have an impact on the appeal of your home.

Our findings? The tips and tricks that do work are the ones that are more likely to make buyers feel emotionally attached to your home.

But first, why are we emotional buyers?

One of the main reasons that experts claim that these conscious decisions work is that we are all emotional buyers, meaning the aesthetic appeal and feel of a home does have a huge impact on buying decisions.

And, although many practicalities come into play when considering the purchase of a property, such as its size, price and location, many of us are ultimately swayed by the overall aesthetic appeal.

Why? Research has suggested that, despite what we may believe, we are all emotional buyers and often go with our hearts rather than our heads when choosing a home.

With this in mind, people are most likely to buy a property they have fallen in love with, rather than the one that is the most practical.

How to make your house more appealing to buyers

There are several ways that you can visually enhance the appearance of your home. Here are some of the tips and tricks that should help to make your home more appealing to buyers: 

Curb appeal

First impressions certainly count, and the power of curb appeal shouldn’t be underestimated. You don’t want to put people off before they even step foot through the door.

Making sure your gardens are clean and tidy, giving your house a fresh lick of paint, revamping or replacing your windows and doors, and fixing broken gates, gutters and fences can certainly pay in the long run and create that all-important positive first-impression.

Choose your colours wisely

Colours naturally evoke different emotions and can have a huge bearing on whether people decide to buy a property or not. For example, harsh, bold colours can make a space feel dark and unwelcoming, whereas lighter colourways usually evoke positive emotions.

Select warm and cosy colours or clean white. Ensure you remember to spruce up your skirting boards, doors, and the other areas of your home that could benefit from a fresh lick of paint.


A bad smell or mess aren’t going to do you any favours when it comes to selling your home. Make sure your bins are empty, your dirty dishes are clean, and any odours that could put potential buyers off have been eliminated. 

Use scented candles to freshen up your home or fill it with comforting smells such as freshly brewed coffee, vanilla, or cinnamon.

Declutter Your Home

Finally, make sure you declutter all rooms in your home. Clutter can be extremely distracting, off putting and prevents buyers from seeing the true potential of the rooms they are viewing.

After all, it’s important that potential buyers are able to imagine themselves living in your property. 

If you require further advice about selling your home or if you need a property valuation, ShineRocks can help – get in touch.  


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