As we all know, there are a few major factors that home buyers tend to take into account, and a few things that will probably strike them quickly when they view your house for the first time. In most homes, the staircase is one of these first things that people see when the front door opens, but it’s not always looked after or presented with this in mind.
The fact that your stairs are usually in the direct eyeline of any new potential buyer should be enough to encourage you to take action, if you realise your staircase is actually looking less than impressive. A few simple tips can make it stand out for all the right reasons.
For example, make sure you’re thinking of your stairs as an extension of your hallway. The flooring does not have to continue and be identical, but the stairs and floor should at least be complimentary. A tired carpet could be replaced if you want to make a more positive impression, but consider painted wood steps in white or a light shade with a darker carpet running up only the middle of the staircase. This creates the illusion of a slimmer staircase that dominates the hallway less and brightens up the whole space.
Hallway furniture and décor also go a long way towards smartening up your staircase, since as we said above one is an extension of the other. Strategic mirrors can reflect the light and create the illusion of more space. Classy furnishings with attractive ornaments and fresh flowers on display can make a big difference. Having said that, potential buyers will be trying to look deeper, so don’t try to cover up major problems with pretty distractions as this is unlikely to work.
If you’re looking to make more noticeable changes, you might consider replacing your entire bannister to really change the look of your hallway and stairs. A traditional wooden style is timeless, if it suits the rest of your interior design, but as a modern alternative you might opt for a sleek and sophisticated metal finish.