They say “never judge a book by its cover” which is fair enough but when it comes to your property unless you allow people in then the cover (outside) is all they have to go on.
The size of your property can sometimes be seen as a reflection of your income and lifestyle with people guessing the home owners are well off. But that isn’t always the truth, how your exterior is maintained is a better indication of your lifestyle and how much money you spend on keeping up appearances.
I’m sure you will have heard property developers and estate agents’ saying “has your home got curb apply” and by this they mean does the exterior of your home catch a buyer’s interest for all the right reasons.
Research has shown that buyers tend to spend 25 minutes and 30 seconds viewing a property before they make up their minds on whether to buy. One in eight buyers even admitted they made up their minds before even seeing the property in real life.
So what does your home say about you?
Your home is the ultimate storyboard of your life, a blank canvas for you to showcase your tastes, interests and preferences. It is quite something that your home can tell a visitor so much about you and your family without saying a word.
The TV programme Through the Keyhole which was first aired in 1987 featured the home of a famous person and a panel of celebrities would have to guess who lives in the home from just looking around the house and asking questions. The presenter would point out certain items in the home which would help give the panel clues as to who may live there.
Your home also has the power to do this, letting a visitor know more about you and your lifestyle than you may actually realise without you saying a word.
How Your Home Makes A Statement About You
The amount of time and effort you are prepared to put into your front garden and the exterior of your property is a good indicator of your lifestyle and the sort of person you are. Those who are willing to spend time, money and energy on the presentation of their home shows the passer by that you are hardworking and have pride in your home.
The choice of colours used also gives away your personality; for example a brightly coloured front door shouts out that you are a happy and outgoing sort of person whereas paler tones suggest the person is more understated and calm. The colour choice in the planting works the same way.
Photos, children’s art work, pictures etc. all giveaway clues about your life. As does the type of furniture you choose from a set of high end modern table and chairs that look fabulous to traditional worn out comfy sofas. The style you choose makes a state of how you live in your home and what impression you are trying to betray.
A homes tone is set by the choice of colours used on the walls, floors and furniture. Colour gives the home its atmosphere. Warmer colours creates a feeling of comfort, safety and happiness where as modern cooler colours creates a more stylish, luxurious, simple environment.
How you layout your home also is an indicator of how you like to live day to day. An open plan layout demonstrates that the people who live there like to be together and have no secrets from each other. Whereas closed off rooms creates a feeling of privacy and mystery, making you wonder what is behind each new door.
How you run your home also is an indicator of what sort of person you are. Running your home efficiently shows you care and understand the need to take care of the planet. Homeowners that install products such as solar panels double or triple glazed windows, rain butts, and energy efficient white goods all show the homeowner has considered the environment.
So what does your home say about you?