Please critique my house - be blunt & honest

(90 Posts)
UnexpectedUrgeToMove Thu 22-Aug-13 12:13:43

So ... we were very happy in current house and was intending to stay in it for foreseeable. Then stumbled across a fantastic, ticks-all-boxes project house in another area. End result, we have rushed our house onto the market without much time for prep. The new carpets I'd ordered before all this happened aren't even installed yet (but will be done tomorrow).

So ... our house is on the market but it's been decorated to please us, not to sell. I'm concerned that the lack of prep and our "out there" colour choices are going to put people off. Plus we didn't have time to get a straight-talking friend in prior to the photos being done, and the pics were done in such a rush that in one of them is a stray filing cabinet which looks bonkers (am cringing just thinking about that).

I'm going to ask the agents to re-do that pic at least but please tell me, what else should we do to improve things before the first viewings?

Would really appreciate some feedback!

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 12:16:49

Your house really isn't out there. It's actually quite neutral.

I presume the blue bedroom is a spare as it looks rather empty, a vase of flowers and a cushion or two would make it look more loved but really I don't see anything wrong with it.

RunDougalRunQuiteFast Thu 22-Aug-13 12:18:43

Beautiful house! I am impressed with tidiness, if you didn't have much time to prepare. I think it's fine, lots of space, lovely garden, good room sizes.

MrsHowardRoark Thu 22-Aug-13 12:19:31

I feel like I'm missing something here.

Your house looks absolutely fine. So, the second bedroom looks quite old fashioned and empty but not hideous.

I might be tempted to tidy up the front garden a bit so it looks a bit clearer but that's it.

Rummikub Thu 22-Aug-13 12:19:36

Think it's lovely. Wish I could afford it envy

AmberLeaf Thu 22-Aug-13 12:19:52

I think its lovely and I can't see the filing cabinet?

It looks neat and uncluttered which IMO helps 'visualise' as its not over run with other peoples 'stuff'

ImStickingWithYou Thu 22-Aug-13 12:20:29

I was coming on to say the same thing. The house looks lovely but the 'spare' bedroom looks too empty. Apart from that if this house fitted my criteria (location, number of bedrooms, etc) I would definitely consider it.

TheWookiesWife Thu 22-Aug-13 12:20:52

Gets the thumbs up from me ! Looks fab !! Well done you ! I hope it all turns out well for you ! :-)

sooperdooper Thu 22-Aug-13 12:21:01

I don't think it's 'out there' either, it looks really tidy and spacious, and even if the colours aren't exactly to someone's taste it looks like it'd be simple to repaint smile

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 12:21:37

Are you linking to the right house op? I agree with mrshoward.

insancerre Thu 22-Aug-13 12:21:47

your house looks lovely from the outside and the garden is fab
I love your kitchen and conservatory
I don't dislike your choice of paint on the walls but if I wanted to change it at least it is paint and I could just repaint it and not have to scape wallpaper.
No pics of the bathroom, makes me think it might need redoing

numptysmummy Thu 22-Aug-13 12:23:28

Looks bright, clean and ready to live in to me. Nothing offensive - i also would be inclined to dress the blue room a little more so it seems like a room people use ( and therefore a room buyers would want to use). Good luck!

fuckwittery Thu 22-Aug-13 12:25:09

Your house is lovely! No clutter, I like the decor.
However, comparing photos with floor plan, I can't see any pictures of the bathroom or loo (so would worry they needed major work), nor the dining space (looks like the lounge photo cut it off?). Can you put a pic of the third bedroom on too?

Morgause Thu 22-Aug-13 12:25:42

I'd need to see the bathroom - so far so good, though.

LEMisdisappointed Thu 22-Aug-13 12:28:17

But OP, where is all your stuff???? grin

Its a lovely house, i should love to be able to afford that, although it would be around 300k around here we still coudlnt afford it smile

My advice - go down to B&Q buy some white paint and paint the whole house white. My DP is a builder/carpenter and every single house he has worked in lately they are having everything painted white. Then stick some pictures on the wall. White is very fashionable but also allows people to visualise their own colour stamp.

If i am very honest i would say that i would actually like to see more "things" in the house, not clutter but evidence of family life - A blank canvas is brilliant but its nice to get a nice "feel" from a house.

oh and envy can we see the new house please?

WhatEverZen Thu 22-Aug-13 12:28:17

Looks really lovely to me, very tidy and well maintained although there's no pic of the bathroom? Good luck with the sale

LEMisdisappointed Thu 22-Aug-13 12:30:14

oh and i LOVE the kitchen, perfect - but more stuff please smile

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Thu 22-Aug-13 12:31:19

Oh gosh thanks for feedback, yes that is the link to the right house, I was fussing a bit as the sitting room is painted F&B Brassica which is quite a stong colour, and one of our friends said gently that we'd chosen 'quite crazy colours' and even the r/e agent said very dark furniture could put people off, so I am conscious that it's not magnolia.

Insancerre - Bathroom was redone in March, at much expense (!), but the agents wouldn't show more than 7 pics though I asked them to do more, there are lovely views over parkland and they wouldn't show that either. I did push it but they said the pics were just a preview, and people needed to come and see it. I might try getting them to come back and do some more photos.

I guess if someone really wants it but hates painting we could offer to paint it white between exchange and completion? Or would people rather do their own? I love projects but I know lots of people just want to move in and live and not wave paintbrushes around.

Realised no window treatments makes guest room look bleak, I might put some nice plainish-but-luxo fabric curtains up - soft gold or something perhaps?

Really grateful for advice/suggestions.

timidviper Thu 22-Aug-13 12:32:29

I like it but wondered if there are any window coverings in the bedrooms; blinds or curtains? The bedrooms looked a bit bare

kitsmummy Thu 22-Aug-13 12:32:51

Your house looks fine- clean, tidy and up together. The decor looks easily changeable if not to everyone's taste.

I don't think there are many photos though, I would like to see more rooms and a better garden picture-the details say the garden wraps around but this isn't obvious from the photos.

I like the pic of the front of the house, it's not quite as "manicured" as the rest of the house.

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 12:33:16

I would put up some ready made plain roman blinds from b & q (assuming the windows are fairly standard sizes).

Leopoldina Thu 22-Aug-13 12:34:54

it looks very well looked after and maintained which is a huge factor for me. Why won't the agent put up more than 7 pix?
and no sense whatsoever painting for people once they've already committed to buy your house!
you could make it look a little more modern in the spare room with different bed linen / pillows which might freshen that room up a bit.

sweetheart Thu 22-Aug-13 12:35:57

I think you're house is lovely but I do agree that the rooms look very sparse. I think I'd put curtains up at the windows in the bedrooms to make it look more homely.

specialsubject Thu 22-Aug-13 12:37:54

leave it just as it is with possibly a couple of pictures to be added. My only thought from the pictures is 'where do I keep my clothes' but maybe the wardrobes are out of shot.

don't make work by slapping up loads of white. Everyone wants to paint when they buy a new house.

location sounds lovely and it is a good price for the area.

WafflyVersatile Thu 22-Aug-13 12:38:33

More photos needed I think. Nothing there that would put me off.

sparklingstars Thu 22-Aug-13 12:41:32

It looks lovely.
From the pictures:
In picture 5 it's not possible to tell if there is any storage space/space for wardrobes. I assume the chimney breast is in that room,is there more space next to it?
In picture 6 it looks a bit dated but I wouldn't let that put me off.
Why isn't there a picture of the 3rd bedroom? I'd rather see one otherwise I'd tend to wonder what was wrong with it.
Also, a picture of the dining room and entrance into the conservatory would be useful.
Good luck with the open day, I'd come and have a look if I was buying in your area.

chesticles Thu 22-Aug-13 12:41:35

Overall I think it looks great. The bedrooms seem a bit bare and uncosy though, perhaps a picture on the wall above the beds would make them feel a bit more lived in? Curtains would help with the cosy feeling too.

Good luck, hope you get a quick sale

gazzalw Thu 22-Aug-13 12:44:34

Can I buy it? No seriously it's lovely. I like the garden and it looks quite large!

The only thing I would say is that it looks a bit 'empty' - it has a quite clinical look - I do know estate agents seem to be against personal touches and clutter but it looks less like a real family home and a bit more like a set in a TV drama/film.

fuckwittery Thu 22-Aug-13 13:23:52

I would be v cross if my agent was only willing to put 7 photos up of such a lovely house! I bet they have to pay more advertising fees for more than 7 photos, that's why.

AgathaF Thu 22-Aug-13 13:25:45

Your home is lovely - clean and tidy. I agree with other posters that the blue bedroom looks a little dated. If you were considering painting any room, I would paint that one. I think though, that curtains or some roman blinds at the window would help and perhaps a picture or some flowers. Perhaps white or blue/white striped curtains and white bed linen? It looks like there is a piece of furniture in that room that is just out of shot, so maybe taking the picture again to show that extra furniture would help.

The advert definitely needs more images. I don't think it is being marketed effectively if potential viewers can't see more of what they might be viewing. It definitely needs a bathroom image, dining area and third bedroom. The lack of them really makes me think they must be in need of work.

The front garden image is lovely - really homely and appealing.

I wonder if you would be able to get better pictures if you took them yourselves? I often think agents photos are pretty amateurish.

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 13:39:18

I would expect a house of that price to have more than 7 photos up too. I've been looking at houses around 200K in my area and they typically have 9-12 photos on rightmove.

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 13:39:40

And actually less makes me suspicious the other rooms aren't worth looking at.

TKKW Thu 22-Aug-13 13:39:52

Well done, its very attractive indeed. Sure the cabinets built in around the double bed are a bit dated but we bought our house with hideous built in furniture. Your spaces are cleared of clutter but inviting ad the buyer could envisage their things in the space. Its a stunning home. You lucky thing.

TKKW Thu 22-Aug-13 13:42:13

yes, expect more photos too, a buyer might like to see the dining room from the living room angle.

vestandknickers Thu 22-Aug-13 13:51:17

It is beautiful from the outside but rather dull inside. I must admit I don't think I'd go for a viewing because it all looks rather clinical and the lounge looks a bit like the inside of a battleship! The garden's nice though. Sorry if I sound mean, you did ask! It is impressively clean and tidy though.

I also thought it looked lovely - I liked the outside front as it is and don't think it needs anything done to it.

You wanted honesty so your sitting room is not to my taste - too dark in the photo but may look great in real life. I think selling it would help to paint sitting room walls white.

I am wondering if your agent is any good though. The photos aren't great, some use professional photos with fancy lenses that make all the rooms look massive whereas in your photos the rooms look long and narrow. The lights should have been on in kitchen & sitting room to stop them looking dark. IMHO

Also why not have more pics on the web. you can have lots If you have nice new bathroom it should be on there but needs prof photographer to get good image. And if you have lovely views they should be on there too.

Also - as it is new bathroom why doesn't it say that in the description. Modern bathroom isn't the same as new bathroom.

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Thu 22-Aug-13 14:17:30

This is very helpful to me and I'm grateful for the info! The rooms actually have quite a lot of stuff in them that aren't shown in the pic - sitting room has three bookshelves for example. Bed 2 has a computer desk, two bookcases and a chest of drawers. Bed 1 has a huge wall of wardrobes and a book case and a tall cabinet full of hats and shoes (in neat storage boxes, admittedly). But when I look at the photos, I now realise the agent has angled the camera to avoid showing 'stuff'.

Vest - I pretty much expected more people to say stuff like this, you don't sound mean, I am worried that people won't view! So now please tell me how to make sitting room look less like a battleship? (I'm working on getting the periscope removed but what else ...?)

This just goes to show me that I can't judge these things very well, which is what I suspected. When we bought the house it had HUGE Austrian balloon blinds in very dark colours on every window and I wrenched them down. Clearly I had an over-reaction to the excess of fabric and now our windows are too bare but I didn't realise. Will definitely fix. Same with pictures on walls, we have plenty but didn't want to personalise too much but now realising we are too far in wrong direction.

We have nice woolblend carpet going down tomorrow so I'll ask the agents to come back on Tues and take more pics once that is done. It's helpful for me to know that other people want to see more pics too, when gawping at houses online I feel a bit cheated if there aren't many photos so at least I'm not the only one.

AgathaF - the agent did actually have a very good camera, it was a huge DSLR, and I did try taking photos with my own (which is a small Leica). Alas the clarity and quality of the image is actually better with the agent's camera, so I need to ask them very nicely to return.

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Thu 22-Aug-13 14:25:03

Tara - I agree - the rooms look narrower in pics when compared to real life and the agent turned the lights OFF to take the pics sob

If they've got to upload more pics I'll ask again about improving the wording too, I don't want to irritate the agent, I feel like I've been demanding already, the front photo has already been re-done once. They have a lot of £2M type houses on their books and I wonder if we are a bit small beer for them? (purely supposition on my part).

sparklingstars Thu 22-Aug-13 14:27:10

In the living room I would:
Put some flowers on the furniture next to the sofa. Try and find something to put on the little ledge thing on the floor - was it a hearth before? Also, angle the chair under the window so it faces more into the room, and I'd perhaps move that table off the rug.
You could add some brightly coloured cushions that can go with you to your new houses, maybe add some candles if you like that kind of thing - or a throw over the sofa to brighten it a bit?

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 22-Aug-13 14:30:18

Gorgeous house but the bedrooms need something. A picture on the wall or some bright flowers in a big vase? Maybe some cushions on the beds?

Chubfuddler Thu 22-Aug-13 14:40:00

The agent is working for you. Considering the hefty percentage you'll be paying they should be worried about irritating you.

DancingLady Thu 22-Aug-13 14:49:13

Gorgeous! The bedrooms are a bit old-fashioned - the one with the champagne-coloured quilt was a bit off-putting - but no deal-breakers. Good luck selling, it's lovely!

Karbea Thu 22-Aug-13 15:06:44

I think it looks fine.

But?!?! Don't you have curtains in your bedrooms????

Yonihadtoask Thu 22-Aug-13 15:11:48

It looks lovely.

I would want to see a pic of all 3 bedrooms
Also a pic of bathroom.

Our house is on the market and we have about 16 photos on . So your agent is being awkward.

Do you really not have curtains up in your bedroom??

Is the price competitive for the area?

lalalonglegs Thu 22-Aug-13 15:11:53

It's fine - really neat and reasonably neutral without being clinical or bland. Hope it sells fast.

racingheart Thu 22-Aug-13 15:13:26

I think it looks good and is a fair price for that size, in that area (we live not far away, and houses round TW area aren't cheap.)

My only comment is that it looks a bit clinical. I can't imagine anyone really living in it. The living room is nice with the pictures on the wall, but I'd put the striped chair facing in with the table in front of it, so not all chairs are lined up to face the opposite wall. Put some warm, coloured throws on the beds. Maybe hint that the second bedroom could make a good child's room with a couple of bright prints on the walls. And flowers, glass vases that catch the light etc. Make it look like a good life can be lived there.

On house hunts I've visited houses where cakes had just been baked, or big trugs of freshly picked strawberries left in the kitchen. You can tell it's a trick but it still works. It makes the home look happy and friendly.

mignonette Thu 22-Aug-13 15:16:44

You may get unimaginative people through your door who cannot see past the taste of others. I have never cared how the vendors have decorated especially as most people redecorate whether they like the existing decor or not. Your house has lots of kerb appeal for me and the garden is a really good size. Loads of space to do your own thing too and a bit of character too. I'd probably notice the lack of fireplace in the main room but again that can be sorted out.

Journey Thu 22-Aug-13 15:21:06

House looks lovely from the outside. Inside the sitting room looks a bit too modern for the house though. The contrast took me back a bit. Kitchen is a very personal choice - not my taste at all. The bedrooms are very stark and a bit dated compared to the sitting room so again a bit contrasting. However, it all feels very fresh.

Toomuchtea Thu 22-Aug-13 16:06:12

I really liked your sitting room and kitchen - just my taste. If I look at houses where everything's painted white or cream I always think they've done it to sell, and if that's the case, what might they be hiding? I agree with what everyone else says about dressing it just a little.

As for the agent, work out what you're paying them, plus VAT. You're probably looking at the thick end of £10,000 if not more, and for that you have every right to demand more photos and irritate the hell out of them. You're doing them the favour, not the other way round, and if Twickenham's selling as well as other areas of London appear to be, you're DEFINITELY the one doing them the favour. Get on their case.

AgathaF Thu 22-Aug-13 16:16:59

Don't worry about being demanding of the agent. Their job is to sell your house quickly and for the best price. They need to work to achieve that, and if they do achieve that then they will earn oodles of money from it. Make them work for their cash!

I would say that just because they have a DSLR it doesn't mean that they know how to use the best angles etc to show the house off well. Do you know anyone who is good with a camera who could take some pictures for you?

What's the house you've seen like?

Clary Thu 22-Aug-13 16:25:44

It's lovely OP.

I would only say there are not many pix - I'd like to see the other end of the living room IYSWIM and the third bedroom (unless full of junk!) an bathroom. Maybe another view of the garden too - looking back at the house perhaps? That always gives you a good idea of the layout which personally I like.

<reads thread> Oh I see you are not allowed more pix? That's a bit pants. Most houses round here have maybe 12-14 pix! I agree no bathroom suggests it needs work which it clearly doesn't!

LittleBearPad Thu 22-Aug-13 16:29:17

You definitely need more photos, particularly the bathroom. I'd be worried that it would be old and need replacing which might put some people off. Clearly this isn't the case but no harm in making it crystal clear.

It does look a bit unlived in.

FatherReboolaConundrum Thu 22-Aug-13 16:31:52

House is lovely but I'd get the EA back to take some more photos. The one of the kitchen is very wonky and that and the sitting room one look as if they've been taken by someone kneeling down and determined to get as much ceiling in shot as possible. Not a great approach!

I may have to find an excuse to paint a room Brassica now - I didn't realise it was such a lovely colour.

TheOneAndOnlyFell Thu 22-Aug-13 16:32:07

I think it's lovely house, and very uncluttered to the point of looking as though it has already been staged for selling, so I'd don't think you need to worry about lack of prep!

Personally I don't worry about things like wall colour - that can be changed easily and cheaply, and I can see past things I don't like, providing I can afford to change them. I look at the quality/style of the bigger, more expensive jobs, like kitchens and bathrooms, and the things that are harder to change, and everything there looks lovely to me.

If I were going to be blunt (only because you insisted, mind wink) I'd say that your colour choices may make the house come across as cold. I prefer neutrals or just white, with some texture for 'warmth', in rugs, accessories etc, but lots of people really need a house to feel warm and homely to them from the off, and the very cool colours might make it feel aloof and unwelcoming. Sorry if that sounds a bit bonkers. Not that you should paint it all terracotta, but maybe add some touches of a warm accent colour (with some accessories) to the very cool palette in the sitting room, and the bedrooms. Or just paint it off white. No-one can argue with that.

But honestly, I don't think you need to bother. It's a lovely looking house in great condition inside and out, and providing it's priced right it'll go like a shot. Don't waste your money and your time.

BerylStreep Thu 22-Aug-13 16:40:37

I haven't read any other comments, so forgive me if I am repeating what others have already said.

1. I like the 1st photo of the outside of the house, although it doesn't really show if there is a driveway / garage.

2. Your living room looks lovely. Tiny point - but what is the thing that looks like a wooden plank in the foreground? Also, purely my aesthetic, but I like a picture rail that it picked out on a contrasting colour - white or slightly off-white.

3. Kitchen is absolutely fab!

4. Conservatory - absolutely fine. Could have dressed the table a bit more for photo, but doesn't really need it. Having looked at the floor plans though, the dining area isn't really apparent, and it might have been an idea to take a photo from the living room looking backwards, IYKWIM.

5. Bedroom 1 - I'm afraid that neither the blue carpet or yellow walls are doing it for me. Whilst you don't want clutter, IMO a picture or mirror would be nice above the bed to add a focal point.

6. Blue bedroom - not really doing it for me either - I think the bed looks funny where it is, especially with no headboard or side tables - can you place the bed on another wall and put a dressing table in the alcove? I think the (presumably built in wardrobe) doors look odd with the outer frames picked out in white, and I am not entirely convinced by the colour.

Also, windows look a bit bare - could you even get some voile curtains from Ikea to dress them a bit? That and some general dressing with lamps and side tables to soften it.

7. Have I missed the photo with the filing cabinet?

8. No pictures of bathrooms - that always makes me wonder why not.

9. Is there off-road parking? It doesn't say, and if you do have it, would be worth highlighting that.

10. Is the cloakroom really upstairs like it says? Also, if you have a downstairs loo, it would be worth highlighting that too - something I would want.

Overall the house looks lovely - well proportioned, big garden, lovely kitchen - the points I make above are just being perfectionist. Good luck with the viewings.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 22-Aug-13 16:40:52

If they really won't put more than 7 photos, I'd take out the 2nd bedroom one and put in one of the bathroom; description and measurements are enough for bedrooms.
Very well-maintained looking, and I can't see the filing cabinet either!

blueshoes Thu 22-Aug-13 16:48:50

Absolutely fine. Don't need to change a thing. It is market ready. Good luck!

Periwinkle007 Thu 22-Aug-13 17:21:04

I can't seem to view it.

number of pictures wise I would expect to be able to see
front of house
dining room
at least 2 of the bedrooms so that is 8 pictures already. If there are more reception rooms or a utility room or numerous bedrooms/bathrooms then I would expect to see a fair number of them. If not then like others have said it makes you wonder if you are only seeing the rooms that are nice.

I want to see it though - will try link again in a bit.

TeamEdward Thu 22-Aug-13 17:27:43

OP's link now says this house is not available?

Yonihadtoask Thu 22-Aug-13 17:41:30

Maybe OP is getting the ad sorted out with more pics?

Or ??????

vestandknickers Thu 22-Aug-13 17:55:27

Actually I think I was being rude blush. Apologies! It is not nice to compare someone's sitting room to a battleship! I just meant that it looks very long and thin and the colour is a bit utilitarian. One of the things I always look for is nicely proportioned rooms and the layout of that room makes it look a bit long and thin. It certainly doesn't look like a cosy space that I'd want to come home to.
I also avoid any house that looks as if it has been bought by a developer and done up to sell and yours has a bit of that look about it because of the lack of pictures or personal bits and bobs. Maybe that is a reflection of my lifestyle which is chaotic at best. I'm just shocked that anyone can actually be that tidy in real life. Sneal a big jar of marmite into the kitchen and a few books into the other rooms and I'd be won over!

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Thu 22-Aug-13 18:10:09

Thanks to everyone for taking time to help with info. The house has vanished from the internet, so I have phoned the agent in a flap and asked him to retrieve it from the internet black hole. V grateful to MNs for pointing this out!!

Meantime I have ordered some curtains (striped as per suggestions earlier today) and will be zipping around putting up pics and other things as per the very helpful ideas from here - this is fantastically useful.

Will challenge the agent on qty of photos too!

OneandOnly - we have quite a lot of plum accessories but they aren't very visible in the pics. Agree no one wants chilly cold colours, that's a great point. New flooring is a champagne gold colour so hopefully a bit warmer too.

Beryl - access to garage is from the rear laneway so driveway not visible from front. Garage is in far off point of back garden. Alas, no downstairs loo. Thing like wooden plank in sitting room is the exposed parquetry where I ripped up the hated old carpet a few weeks ago (ie before we'd ever thought of moving) ... new flooring arrives 10am Fri and we can re-do pics.

Bed 2, I will think about flipping the layout around, it's a good square room and shouldn't be difficult to adjust. Thanks, I wouldn't have thought of that. It's used about three nights a year for guests so we haven't put enough thought into how it looks, I realise that now.

The filing cabinet is next to the sofa in the sitting room (cringe). I'd shoved in there during my carpet-removal mania.

Am really grateful for all this help: if ask people IRL they aren't blunt enough (unless they are the colleague of poor DameDoom and she didn't even invite comments!!)

BerylStreep Thu 22-Aug-13 22:44:38

And I forgot to add, I like the Brassica in your living room smile

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Fri 23-Aug-13 06:32:25

Right the link is back - has been fixed overnight. Many thanks to those who pointed that out - another MN save.

Thanks for positive comments esp on joys of Brassica - it's actually much nicer in real life.

Vest - you weren't rude, it was helpful. I didn't like the pic - I actually gave a little gasp of dismay when I saw it - so I needed a proper download of people's thoughts. I don't like thin rooms myself and rejected lots of properties in this area because many have sitting rooms that are narrower than ours, so I completely agree with you.

So! Going to rearrange furniture and put up pics / curtains over weekend and lure agent back to do new photos on Tues. Will report back when new pics uploaded or may do trail shots if unsure prior.

Huge thanks for great advice smile

OrangeLily Fri 23-Aug-13 06:39:49

I think your photos are fine. They all give a sense of space and the lack of furniture in the bedrooms just illustrates the space to me. The brown/beige bedding is not to my taste as I prefer crisp white sheets but again, I would easily see past that. Your living room is really lovely as is the rest of downstairs. The price would put me off though grin my 4 bed was 170k.

Alwayscheerful Fri 23-Aug-13 07:27:19

Your house is lovely, not to my taste but very well presented and attractive. I think your agent is the problem not your house.

Brassica is good colour, it's not a cool colour it is a warm purple based colour however it could be off putting and a neutral off white might be better.

Bear in mind that location, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, you definitely need a picture of the bathroom. Your kitchen and conservatory are very appealing.

The two tone colour scheme in the bedrooms are lacking something, I would suggest folding down the bedspreads to two thirds or half way and showing patterned duvet colours using 3 colours or if you hate patterns add some texture and detail or some lovely pillowcases. You need some pictures over the bed. I think you can get away without repainting but you could redo bed 2 in a lighter shade something like farrow and ball borrowed light.

Get the agents on board because they are letting you down, too few photos and people think you have something to hide, too many and they will not be tempted to view. I don't think your house will take long to sell if it is priced correctly.

Mandy21 Fri 23-Aug-13 19:55:48

Just one point - an 18' lounge and an 18' main bedroom are big selling points but I don't think the photos of either of those rooms make them look as big as they are (I was very surprised when I clicked on the floorplan and saw that both of those rooms were 18').

I think the angle of the kitchen photo is odd, looks like its looking up (i.e. camera was low down) when photo was taken.

Agree that if you've spent money on the bathroom, get a picture of it up.

Its a lovely house, good luck smile

Bumblebee78 Fri 23-Aug-13 20:14:49

Your house is beautiful. I love th kandinsky rug! The outside pic is fab. I didnt notice a iling cabinet. All downstairs pics are great. The green ish bedroom is a bit out there but nothing that would put me off. There isnt a pic of the bathroom, and prob could do with. Couple more berroom pics.

Im a rightmove addict so have looked at ons of houses. Yours looks great.

Periwinkle007 Fri 23-Aug-13 21:08:32

perhaps curtains or something in the bedrooms, they kind of finish it off a bit

Periwinkle007 Fri 23-Aug-13 21:10:07

sorry - just saw you said you are doing curtains.

I think it looks a very nice house, I don't think you have anything to worry about in that sense but they MUST put up more photos.

Shlurpbop Fri 23-Aug-13 21:16:10

I think it looks okay - if anything, i would put more decorative items in the bedrooms as it looks a bit sparse. And a photo of the bathroom is a must. Otherwise, it's Good! ,

Ohhho love it! I love the period and the quirky sitting room is amazing. The buyers will be v lucky grin

holidaybug Fri 23-Aug-13 21:22:13

Haven't read the other comments so sorry if repeating. I would:

trim back the bushes at the front - it looks slightly overgrown
some flowers would be nice at the front in a colourful pot
I think the interior is a little cool - it needs a bit of brightening up to me - warmer colours, some textured/fluffy cushions etc.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 23-Aug-13 21:23:52

Let us know when the new pics are up smile

I would change agents, yours seems to think they are doing you a favour?!

I wouldn't paint a thing - the colours aren't all to my taste, but it has that lovely clean look where you can visualise it all painted in the colours you like (for me - white/white/grey/white grin).

It sounds like everything else is in hand after 70 posts grin

Can you tell me though - where did you get your kitchen from and what colour paint did you use in your conservatory??

I would be surprised if your house isn't snapped up - it seems like a good price for a nice place in Twickenham.

Angelfootprints Fri 23-Aug-13 21:29:49

Its modern & stylish, but the bedrooms make it look too unfinished.

I would add bedside tables with cosy lamps to the blue bedroom. Add a nice blanket and decorative cushions too.
Also add either a big picture, a selection of smaller picture (as you already have in your front room) or mirror above both beds.

I would also add a vase of flowers of bowl of fruit to the table in conservatory.

Good luck!

QOD Fri 23-Aug-13 21:35:48

Cosy up the bedrooms, please tell us if you don't have curtains in your room grin

I think it's a stealth boast cos its lovely!! The lounge is a bit kind of line up and stare at the TV, but then whose isn't? Also, I agree with someone else that their stupid angled photos make it look smaller.

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Sat 24-Aug-13 08:29:42

Thanks everyone! We are rearranging Bed2 layout today and hanging pictures (DH made a low groan of despair) and fitting curtains in Bed2 and Bed3. Bed 1 has cream roller blinds which I tend to have fully rolled up in the daytime to let in max light (it's a wonderfully sunny room) but that makes the window treatments look invisible in pics. I can leave them 3" down to show a bit of fabric if that's a nicer look.

Dithering a bit about cushions on beds but did go buy crisp white pillowcases yesterday to go with a white quilt cover I've had for 3 years and have never used.

New carpets went down yesterday (ordered prior to decision to move) and the JL carpet fitters spent hours getting it perfect so really happy with the result.

V grateful for advice & guidance - really helps!

I'm going to ask for new pics on Tues, using new flooring/room layout as a reason. Will update when new pics are done. Feel this is v effective way to produce a good result as many similar opinions should reflect buyers feelings.

Great point about the 18' rooms, we are lucky to have that space in this area and take it for granted, I'll suggest this is highlighted too.

UnexpectedUrgeToMove Sat 24-Aug-13 08:37:13

Chipping - kitchen from Howdens with granite work tops. We had a brilliant builder who did a superb job. Paint in conserv is Homebase brand kitchen & bathroom paint in Sage (the unphotographed bathroom is Sage). It is fantastic paint, super scrubbable. Rest of house is F&B. I even painted the garden shed in F&B which shows how sucked in I am by them.

Thanks for kind comments BTW smile

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sat 24-Aug-13 09:49:11

It all sounds like it will look really FAB when you do the new photos smile

How long have you got to sell it before you lose the other place?

'Kitchen from Howden's with Granite work tops' Out of my budget (tick)

'Brilliant builder to fit it' Out of my budget (tick)

LOL - thought that might be the case! It looks lovely.

LOL at the shed being painted in F&B. I am beginning to think you might just have more money than sense grin I hate to think how much you are planning on spending on the 'New Project' grin

Thanks for the paint colour, I'm going to have a look at it for my kitchen - get a tester and see how it is in the light here. I wanted white/grey/sage throughout, this one might just be the ticket if the light is right.

<rushes out to buy a lottery ticket>

lljkk Sat 24-Aug-13 10:08:33

Now that's funny, normally I think MNers are silly critical but for once I am the one who dislikes when others are saying beautiful, okay here goes:

I shouldn't care about your decor because I can change it, yet the lavender+black made me cringe in lounge. I don't even like the wall hangings. On basis that most MNers get very het up about existing decor, I assume that might put some off. The black+white stark kitchen floor is a bit "in your face" for me, too. Since kitchens are hard to change, might put me off if I found another house that was as nice in every other respect. I also don't care for bedroom colours, this comes down to me disliking beige bedspreads & carpets. I'd want to redecorate a lot faster than some houses.

None of that would stop me from viewing & seeing past decor to the potential.

I like the stark bareness around windows and on walls, etc. That shows potential of the place.

House looks quite nice in itself. Fab garden!!

cjbk1 Sat 24-Aug-13 11:13:20

wow I'm all over MN today; I love it, it's beautiful looks a bit cold esp ghe blue room because you've tidied it so well but it says "move straight in" to me and I'd love to be in that area too, good luck

cjbk1 Sat 24-Aug-13 11:13:54


TrinityRhino Sat 24-Aug-13 11:16:56

Its gorgeous
no out there colours, beautifully tidy and arranged
I see no stray filing cabinet

I want it grin

80sMum Sat 24-Aug-13 11:32:29

Replace the bedspreads with plain white cotton ones and dress them up with some colourful cushions. Put pictures up above the headboards.

BrownSauceSandwich Sat 24-Aug-13 14:29:15

It looks a beautiful house, but definitely need curtains in the bedrooms. Plain and cheap are all it needs. Also, maybe a picture or two on the bedroom walls... It just looks a bit spartan.

I love your kitchen. And the frontage is beautiful!

Reastie Sat 24-Aug-13 18:28:21

I think it looks lovely and can't find the filing cabinet in any of your pictures (and I looked especially for it!). I agree more photos would be better, especially including the bathroom.

Ponders Sat 24-Aug-13 18:56:08

I looked for it & found it but then thought it looked exactly like the bedside table so couldn't be it


beautiful, beautiful house but London prices are so scary - round here you'd get a 4-5 bedroom detached in the best street in town for £500K

redandblacks Sat 24-Aug-13 19:12:02

Agree about the lilac, otherwise fine. I think you should be asking for a bit more for a semi in Twickers though?

IcedTeaOneSugar Sat 24-Aug-13 19:34:14

Ponders I was just thinking the same.

Helliecopter Sun 25-Aug-13 17:56:39

Max 7 photos? Change your agent!!!

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