Written by Megan Robinson, Team Executive at Anna Hart Exceptional Homes
When you are attempting to sell your home, it is the little details that make all the difference in making your house more attractive to potential buyers.
Many of my clients are already aware of the benefits of decluttering and how it can help to make a room appear much more spacious and welcoming. Paying attention to the small stuff really does help to transform your home!
One thing that I have noticed however is that many people could benefit from adding plants to their rooms. When you have arranged the furniture and got everything into place, it is not uncommon to find the overall feeling of the room to be a little stark. It’s not at all surprising when you think about it! Straight lines are found in tables, sofas, chairs, picture frames, books and more.
They breathe life into your home
For me, plants really do add the finishing touches! The Ficus Benjamina on the left of the sofa here adds height and interest to the lounge. The soft, drooping leaves are a welcome contrast to the linear structure of the furniture and other accessories. On the coffee table, I chose a gorgeous bouquet of scented roses. They were not strongly scented by any means, and natural scents will always be so much better than a synthetic air freshener. and these roses did help to create a softer atmosphere within the room.
You will also find unscented roses available to buy if you prefer. Just remember to pick the plants that work best for you and your space.
They add character
When my clients are trying to sell their homes, they often opt for neutral décor. A cool and muted colour palette can look amazing and be very calming, but personally, I like to add some plants to inject some character and life to the space and to prevent things from looking too sterile and perhaps, a little harsh. This challenge often comes up in bathrooms and kitchens, and they are perfect for the plants that thrive on high humidity, such as:
- Pilea Peperomioides
- Golden Pothos
- Aloe Vera
- Swiss Cheese Plant
- Tradescantia Zebrina
They reduce stress
As many of you already know, buying or selling a home can be an extremely stressful time. The high tension and never-ending to-do list can quickly mount up, but houseplants can even help you there as researchers discovered that natural elements in the home help to reduce stress levels.
Sometimes, a calm and quiet reading spot surrounded by a few plants is all you need to unwind and allow yourself the space to refocus your energies.
They freshen the air
Stale air is a big turn-off for potential buyers so keep yours pure and fresh with some air-purifying plants such as:
- Peace Lily
- Spider Plant
- Areca Palms
- Snake Plant
Extensive research conducted by NASA concluded that some houseplants are particularly effective at removing toxins from the atmosphere. How cool is that?! 😊 Plants that clean the air are also reported to help ease the symptoms of allergies.
The right plant in the right place
Houseplants are available in all shapes and sizes, so finding the best option for your home should be a breeze!
When you are looking for houseplants that are ideal for your house, do consider these important factors:
- How much natural light is there?
- Do you have any draughts by doors and windows?
- Is the room humid or dry?
- Is the location in a warm or cool area of your home?
- Do you have time for low maintenance or high maintenance plants?
Each and every plant has its own likes and dislikes; some like shade, others need full sun and others need watering once a month whilst others need watering once a week.
Peace Lily plants for example thrive in a shaded spot that is away from cold air from nearby doors and windows. Cacti and some succulents on the other hand will thrive on neglect!
If you find that being green-thumbed does not come naturally to you, Spider Plants, Pothos and Philodendron are all great low maintenance plants to start with.
Also, if you need some inspiration, a trip to your local garden centre can prove to be invaluable. Not only are there so many ideas there, but the staff will also be on hand to help find the best plants for you and your home. Many garden centres now operate online too, so you can also get everything delivered right to your door.
On a more serious note for those of you that live with pets and young children, many houseplants are actually extremely toxic, so please be careful! In these situations, you could instead choose to invest in some high-quality faux plants and flowers. Honestly, they are so good nowadays, you struggle to tell the difference! And there’s no worry about keeping them alive, just give them a dust every now and then to keep them looking fresh.
If you would like help identifying what you can do to help your sell your home, please do call me on 0115 901 7060 or email me email@example.com, and I’ll be happy to create a bespoke strategy for you.
This article was written by Megan Robinson, Team Executive at Anna Hart Exceptional Homes