Please critique my house

(104 Posts)
nosupermum Wed 16-Oct-13 10:46:14

Our property has been on the market 1 week and we have had 1 viewing. They were people that had just sold with the same agent so were told as soon as we had approved the details. They said they liked it but the garden was a bit too small and they weren't keen on the 3rd bedroom being on a separate storey from the main 2 and the little nursery/study room.

I think it is on for a reasonable price. The market is fairly slow here- smaller houses are moving fairly quickly but all the bigger things that we have been looking at are quite stagnant. I suppose we are a bit in between the 2.

Is there anything drastically obvious you can see? It is going to kill me keeping this place quickly presentable with 3 DC under 6 years old if we need to do this for monthshmm

I will chat to the agent at the end of the week for feedback but have just braced myself to post here meantime...

AnythingNotEverything Wed 16-Oct-13 10:52:37

I think it's nicely presented and looks spacious.

That's probably not much help!

The only thing that jarred with me was the position of the cream sofa - it looks abut odd tucked in that alcove.

macskater Wed 16-Oct-13 10:53:23

Looking good, excellent first impressions of exterior. Lovely clean and tidy interior.
Only issue I would have is that sitting room furniture is a bit oddly arranged (pictures 3 and 4) and I would want to see if/how that could be improved.
Somebody will be delighted to have the chance to buy this house.

fuckwittery Wed 16-Oct-13 10:54:09

Your house is lovely! Ready to move into. Cant believe how decluttered, would maybe could look more lived in but that shouldnt put anyone off if priced right.

You need a photo of the top floor loo and tell the agent to delete close up of hamging basket (why!) and front door.

HormonalHousewife Wed 16-Oct-13 10:55:25

looks fine to me.

Is there any parking spaces that could be mentioned ?

Is your hanging basket a particular selling point though ? grin

Yama Wed 16-Oct-13 10:55:45

Get the agent to come back and take a photo of the garden on the next sunny day. Blue sky will look much better.

Otherwise - all fine. A nice house.

magimedi Wed 16-Oct-13 11:02:04

Looks lovely, but I agree with the sofa looking odd.

Also, the picture 13 - the dining room - it looks almost too empty - could you put a bowl of oranges or some flowers on the table to give a splash of colour.

And I'd dump the hanging basket picture!

eggyhead Wed 16-Oct-13 11:03:06

It's looks like a nice clean blank canvas but a bit soulless and cool (not quite cold!). A few big vases of flowers and some plants dotted around would look nice. I would also invest in a few more plump cushions and throws to cosy it up a bit.

I agree with Anything on the position of the sofa. The blank chimney breast looks a bit odd too.

You say it is reasonably priced but how many estate agents did you get in? I would say four then eliminate the top and bottom estimates and go for an average of the middle two. If you want to sell quickly then you need to be really realistic on price. Better to be realistic and get a few people after it. I think you'd achieve a better sale price this way.

eggyhead Wed 16-Oct-13 11:04:35

Meant to add, it has only been a week so I wouldn't start worrying yet...

Grotbagstwin Wed 16-Oct-13 11:06:59

I agree the position of the sofa looks odd, could you move the chair next to the sofa then move the cream one out a bit?
It looks lovely, I would happily live there, shocked how clear it looks with kids living there!

CoTananat Wed 16-Oct-13 11:07:04

It's a nice house, OP, but I would swap your sitting room and dining room. Your furniture doesn't fit in your sitting room, it's squished behind a wall. It makes the whole house look cramped.

If you put your dining table coming out from that blank chimney breast, with chairs around, and then move your sofas to face each other across from that fireplace, your rooms will look miles bigger.

KnittingAndCleaning Wed 16-Oct-13 11:07:07

It looks lovely.

I imagine you won't want to do this. The problem with the garden is you should have paved the whole place or had it all as lawn, the half/half effect is not helping matters.

YDdraigGoch Wed 16-Oct-13 11:08:36

It's a nice house - but where is all your stuff? It looks as if you've already moved out. Could you make it look as if two adults and 3 children actually live there?

Agree about the sofa, and the way the TV is angled.

TiddlerTiddler Wed 16-Oct-13 11:09:29

My god, you actually live there with 3 kids??? Is all your stuff in a shed hiding out the back??? Am off to tidy up my house now!!!!

macskater Wed 16-Oct-13 11:09:41

...just a quick thought. Would it be possible to swop sitting and dining rooms around? Dining room looks more spacious as it stands, with more scope for arranging sofas cosily and it might be nice to eat by the patio doors.

MerryMarigold Wed 16-Oct-13 11:12:07

Kitchen is lovely and so is bathroom.

Yes, I was going to mention the hanging basket picture - v odd indeed! And the sofa into the alcove just makes it look like there's not enough space for it. Also agree with a few flowers and plants to make it look a bit more characterful and warmer.

It's immaculate and spacious, but yes, perhaps it could look a bit more lived in.

I'm not sure what the little nursery/ study room the people looking round are thinking about. The pink room looks quite big.

Is it possible to make the loft room the master bedroom? Then it makes sense that it's a bit 'away' from the rest?

Personally I would also put the dining area by the patio doors and the sitting room area in the bay window (where you may have more room to accomodate sofa). It feels odd to me to have it the other way around.

MerryMarigold Wed 16-Oct-13 11:13:07

x post macskater!

treaclesoda Wed 16-Oct-13 11:13:16

its lovely, but the only thing I would say is that its so decluttered and depersonalised that it makes me feel that it just doesn't look quite homely enough? I know you need to let the viewer imagine themselves there but maybe a few more pictures or artwork or something? Within reason, of course.

Owllady Wed 16-Oct-13 11:13:30

iot looks lovely
my god I wish my house was that tidy1

I agree though re. sunny day photos of outside, and also with the dining room/living room swap round. You have a fireplace in the back room. It's winter, people want to imagine sitting round a warm fire all cosy

everlong Wed 16-Oct-13 11:16:14

Look nice.

I would have vases of flowers, some cushions for sofa, a few books/toys in the child's room, fluffily towels over the bath.

Not too cluttered but just a bit more cosy.

Norudeshitrequired Wed 16-Oct-13 11:16:36

I agree with what others have said about the position of the beige sofa. The whole of the furniture arrangement in that room is a little odd, the tv stand is huge and the single chair is unnecessary. It looks a little soulless, I think it would be better presented and more homely looking if it had a rug or coffee table and just the two sofas.
The whole house is a bit plain and beige; some colourful prints on the walls or patterned curtains might make it look a bit more interesting and homely.
I do like the house though and it's very clean and well presented. I especially like the kitchen.

macskater Wed 16-Oct-13 11:16:42

ahahaha, great minds MerryMarigold!

LifeofPo Wed 16-Oct-13 11:17:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FriendlyElephant Wed 16-Oct-13 11:18:00

I don't know much about selling houses but I live close to you smile

Agree about the sofa looking odd, maybe just move it out a little so it'a not tucked into the alcove.

H2OWoe Wed 16-Oct-13 11:18:02

FANTASTIC presentation. A really nice house, marred only by the easily-fixed layout of the sofas and chairs. The current layout really doesn't work and looks very awkward. The suggestion to swap sitting room and dining room around will fix this right away. And it's free to do!

The mix of garden lawn & paving is fine too. (Sorry Knitting - but a fully paved garden would look ghastly).

So, so, so well presented, it really is a credit to you, OP.

It's only been for sale for a short while.
You seem to have a lot of blank walls where I'd expect there to be some sort of feature, a fireplace, mirror or picture. So your sitting room furniture is clustered around a non existent fireplace, but the lovely fireplace in the dining room is cunningly hidden behind the table.

And because it looks quite empty/blank canvas, it makes me wondered where you've stored all your belongings/toys and I'd assume that there isn't anywhere to keep stuff.

I don't think that this is a big problem though, as it is a lovely house and once you get some viewings people will make their own plans on how to use the space.

AngryFeet Wed 16-Oct-13 11:18:50

I would remove the single chair in the lounge (the one you can see in the 2nd lounge pic as it makes the room look small.

The house looks fine although personally I prefer houses that have a bit more "stuff" in them as to me it looks very unhomely and a bit cold. No offence, just my opinion but it can be offputting to some.

pippop1 Wed 16-Oct-13 11:20:43

Agree with others in that the sofa looks slightly odd. Lovely that it's detached. Can that be made more of in words as the first picture doesn't show that unless you look carefully.

Some plants or flowers in strategic places will soften the effects a little. I would think that the people have moved out already OP.

looknow Wed 16-Oct-13 11:20:49

It's lovely.

Would the problem be the location and lack of parking? The one way system and awful shortages of parking could be whats up.

I think it a very fair price for the area.

JauntyHat Wed 16-Oct-13 11:21:06

Everyone has said what I wanted to say - swap dining and living room for sure.

I'd also get rid of the big pink rug.

Alexandrite Wed 16-Oct-13 11:21:16

I think it's gorgeous. So well decorated. The pink walled bedroom wouldn't be my taste, but could soon be painted over. What is the outbuilding? The garden would look nicer if the whole of the bottom bit was laid to lawn and then plants round the edge. It would just look greener. But generally the house is gorgeous.

Rowlers Wed 16-Oct-13 11:24:09

I would'nt worry and do anything drastic.
It juts wasn't the right house for the people who came to see it - you can't do anything about the things they didn't like.
Agree it is maybe a little too clean and neat and tidy!

MerryMarigold Wed 16-Oct-13 11:33:53

If you put your dining table coming out from that blank chimney breast, with chairs around, and then move your sofas to face each other across from that fireplace, your rooms will look miles bigger.

Actually, reading thread I think Cotananat came up with it first and I think the idea is also a brilliant solution to the blank fireplace.

cavell Wed 16-Oct-13 11:42:17

Agree with everyone else about swapping around the dining room and sitting room.

You talk of a little study room and there's one on the plans, but no photo. Is the study room actually set up as a study? If not, put the desk and computer from the attic room in there and make clear the room's purpose.

I would get rid of the lone chair in the living room and put it in one of the bedrooms with a throw and cushion to make the room look a little "cosier".

I would also rearrange the dining room chairs so the high chair isn't the first thing you see in the room - put it at the far end of the table.

Having said all that, one week is nothing. Very early to start worrying (although I recognise the feeling - one you've decided to move, you just want to get the whole process over and done with).

You have a nice house - good luck!

newgirl Wed 16-Oct-13 11:51:15

i too like the idea of the sofa in front of the fireplace

any chance you could paint the front door a cheerful blue? door is nice but brown a bit gloomy. Put two trees or something by it for a bit of kerb appeal?

rest is very nice

MerryMarigold Wed 16-Oct-13 11:54:19

I like the wooden door! Don't paint it.

Herhonesty Wed 16-Oct-13 12:01:13

dont like view from back. could do with a tree.

Could you borrow a nice table and chairs for the patio?

jimijack Wed 16-Oct-13 12:06:19

What's that building out back? Is it a factory?
Is it noisy or smelly?

Only thing that would put me off tbh, lovely house.

lalalonglegs Wed 16-Oct-13 12:13:40

Have you thought about not having any viewings until your agent can drum enough interest to have an open house then you don't need to spend all your time tidying?

RedHelenB Wed 16-Oct-13 12:13:54

I think the fact it is SO tidy & the size of the garden would make me think a family couldn't live comfortably there, just going from your photos. Try changing the furniture around ,as suggested, because the way the sofa sticks out makes me think the room is very small. Plus point is that there would be no need to do any work once you've moved in & it looks lovely & clean & freah & uptodate!

That is the tidiest house I have ever seen in my life! Its really nice though, just toooo tidy. It looks a little souless and unloved. Get some of your stuff back out. I would prefer to see a lived in house so that I could imagine all my stuff in it.

absentmindeddooooodles Wed 16-Oct-13 12:30:14

Gorgeous house. Id move in tomorrow!

But second what a few others have said....pop a few flowers round and make it looked a bit more lived in.

Hell if that house came up at that price where I am, youd have people pushing you out the door!!

CPtart Wed 16-Oct-13 12:31:51

Extremely tidy, overly so if anything. That dining table is crying out for a centrepiece, candles, flowers or something and I agree that cream sofa looks in an odd place.

I would also lose the door mat outside the front door.

Norudeshitrequired Wed 16-Oct-13 12:34:35

dont like view from back. could do with a tree.

And where exactly is the OP supposed to get a tree from? hmm Trees take years to grow. Besides most people hate trees in gardens, too much of a risk in stormy weather.

flakjacket Wed 16-Oct-13 12:39:43

Was about to say switch the living room and dining room around - but loads of people have said it already smile

BrownSauceSandwich Wed 16-Oct-13 12:41:44

Nice house, and I wouldn't object to the tidiness, but I do think you could do with a few pictures around the place. Bedrooms in particular look kind of stark. And maybe a blind in the bathroom for the same reason.

I was also going to suggest that dining and sitting rooms are the wrong way round. I'd have a sofa in the bay and one opposite, then you might be able to find space for the chair opposite the fireplace (or evict it for viewings). This should tone down the point-at-the-tv look, and would really sell the dining room. Also, I'm guessing it would put the dining room next to your kitchen, which I think feels more natural, especially to buyers who hanker to open-plan their kitchen/dining room.

Otherwise, your kitchen looks lovely, and bathroom looks really spacious. Hanging basket shot slightly random, but there are much worse crimes!

Norudeshitrequired Wed 16-Oct-13 12:44:20

I'm not sure that switching around the living room and dining room as some have suggested is a good idea. The patio doors overlooking the garden means you can sit on the sofa and watch the children play outside (this house is clearly aimed at a family market). Putting a dining table in front of the patio doors would mean that you can't sit on the sofa and look out at the garden easily without an obscured view. The other problem is the layout of the doors, looking at the floor plans if you switched the rooms around you would have to walk through the living room with your dinner to get to the dining room; not very practical.

LaRegina Wed 16-Oct-13 12:45:33

I was going to say I would swap the living room and dining room around - then you can have the sofas around the fireplace and make it look much cosier - then I noticed it's been said about ten times already grin

Other than that, it's a nice looking house but I also think I would ask the agents to remove the pic of the hanging basket - that's just weird!

LaRegina Wed 16-Oct-13 12:48:22

Besides most people hate trees in gardens, too much of a risk in stormy weather.

That's the most random thing I've ever heard grin

No offence norudeshit smile

ILikeBirds Wed 16-Oct-13 12:56:25

Looks expensive for Chesterfield to me personally.

I'm not that far away and house prices are still well down on their peak here.

Herhonesty Wed 16-Oct-13 13:00:28

nrudeshitrequired what a ridiculous comment. you can go an buy a 10 ft tree for at most garden centres. sorry people dont like trees in a garden ??????????? like others have said view isnt great.

LaRegina Wed 16-Oct-13 13:03:39

Makes me wonder if I should avoid any tree-ish areas on windy days now - because you just never know grin

nosupermum Wed 16-Oct-13 13:05:10

Thank you everyone. We do interchange the livingroom/dining room positions sometimes but have had them this way round so in summer we can just have the doors open and the kids playing in and out. AS someone else said also you cut through the living room bit with plates then to get to the dining room.

I had meant to pull the sofa out a bit, we have it shoved in to make a wider pathway for dc to run at full pelt with toy buggies etc, and I forgot in the stress of photo day.

My mum had said she thought it looked a bit too decluttered too. WE have a couple of big boxes of toys under the bay window that I stuck in the car but otherwise everything is generally stored out of sight anyway (well normally it is strewn across floors but it does have homes in the bottom of big wardrobes, under beds etc) I guess that is a benefit of having 3 close in age and the same sex, they all play together and it normally involves 1001 stuffed animals and a load of paper and pens.

In the flesh it is more lived in.

The little 'study' room currently has dc3 in it. It is big enough to fit and ikea toddler bed but too small to class as a bedroom. They did take pics of that but didn't put them up.

The front door is uPVC so can't be painted.

The building behind the garden is bingo so not smelly and not loud and about a 20 foot drop so garden is not overlooked and is south facing so a sun trap.

The estate agents are a bit quirky with the photos so often put up arty ones of stained glass etc, our hanging basket must have been as exciting as she could get. I did see her doing a close up of the pitch pine doors/panels but they must not have came out well so you are spared them!

We don't have a nice tv cabinet for when we use the other end so will troll ebay and the flea market tomorrow for some nice piece of furniture that could be used as one.

Thank you smile

JohnnyFontaneCannaeSing Wed 16-Oct-13 13:15:35

You have a beautiful home. My first thought is the sitting room furniture looks awkward as if the room isn't big enough to furnish it all. The garden looks pretty uninviting I know the pictures were taken on a damp day but because of the surrounding buildings it looks a bit industrial. I would soften it a bit with even some kids outdoor toys to make it look a bit more usable and inviting. All in all it's not the house it's just the pictures. It makes all the difference if the are taken on a sunnier day. X

Norudeshitrequired Wed 16-Oct-13 13:37:45

Besides most people hate trees in gardens, too much of a risk in stormy weather.

That's the most random thing I've ever heard

No offence norudeshit

No offence taken. We had a huge tree come down in a storm and it missed the house by inches so we had the rest cut down, so I'm totally biased in my opinion of Trees and have a vendetta aginnst them grin. All my neighbours have had their trees either chopped down totally or seriously scaled back. The main reason being that when trees get too big they start affecting the amount of sun light that you get, but also the storm issue and trees being uprooted, also the fact that trees can affect the foundations of a house, also the fact that they (in my garden) get in the way of where I want to position the trampoline and swinggrin.
I am talking about big trees of course. I don't actually see that a 10ft garden centre tree would make much difference to the OPs garden.

LaRegina Wed 16-Oct-13 13:41:14

Clearly you have good reason to be suspicious of trees!

I love trees but only have them down the bottom end of our garden - where they are nowhere near any houses (just wanted to clarify so you don't have nightmares! grin)

macskater Wed 16-Oct-13 14:03:31

Good luck with the sale. Your house has obviously been a much loved home.

Preciousbane Wed 16-Oct-13 19:24:26

There is a minimum distance trees need to be planted from houses, it varies by species. The garden does look very bare, make it look more like a space that can be used. Borrow a small garden table and chairs and get some plants in pots.

That's a mill in the background isn't it, lots of them near where I live. I would get the garden photo redone on a dry day.

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 16-Oct-13 19:39:54

Your house looks lovely. No idea re. Chesterfield prices but it's tidy and well maintained which is worth it anywhere.

I might 'dress' it a bit more. The photos don't make it look very homely. Just a few cushions, flowers, house plants etc and some of the 'nice' toys would soften it a bit. (I got all the tasteful wooden ones and the intact Playmobil neatly in shot when we sold ours)!

It looks a little dark in the photos I think? I realise this won't be the case in RL but perhaps some nice soft lamps around the place might cosy it?

I think your place looks lovely though and would give it a look if it were what we needed.

And I like the view. grin

WireCat Wed 16-Oct-13 21:37:10

It's lovely.
But too decluttered!
A few pictures, fruit bowl & vases of flowers will make it look a bit more homely.

Does the book case in the lounge fit in the alcove? If so I would move it there, move Tv to front of the blank fireplace, put the chair in the other alcove with a lamp and footstool (reading nook), then position the other two sofas towards the TV in an L shape. Add a side table between the sofa's with a lamp and a couple of books and something of interest on it.

It is a lovely home and so, so neat! But lacking a bit of personality at the moment.

cupcakeicing Wed 16-Oct-13 21:58:36

Your house is lovely, especially the kichen. We have the same tv cabinet too.

I would swap e dining and lounge areas, and then add a few bits to make them look homely - a bowl of fruit on the table, perhaps, and some bright cushions. Then take a few more pictures yourself, and email them to the estate agent, so he can put them on the website, and change the hard copy details - I assume most agents nowadays have their details on the computer and print them out when needed, so it's not like you are asking them to throw away lots of copies, and if he has printed lots out, he can still change the details online.

PrimalLass Wed 16-Oct-13 22:05:21

I would definitely swap the dining and living rooms. And make the master bedroom the top floor one with the ensuite.

Other than that, it's a bit bare, so maybe add some flowers etc.

mrscog Wed 16-Oct-13 22:07:37

Yes to a bit too decluttered - I mean where are your bedside lamps. It's beautiful though - just what we need but not in Derbyshire sad

PainInTheBum Wed 16-Oct-13 22:28:26

Lovely house and I agree with what has been said so far.

Looking in the floor plan it seems that you have masses of storage space in the eaves and the cellar, could this not be pointed out? Also is the cellar plumbed etc and could it be used as a laundry room? Is that a shed/garage in the garden?

CanadianJohn Thu 17-Oct-13 03:58:43

Echoing what others have said, your house is TOO de-cluttered. (Wish mine was.) For example, in the bathroom you have neither TP nor towels, not to mention toothbrushes, etc.

I see in the map view you have solar panels on the roof (assuming I have the right house). I didn't see them mentioned in the description.

MortifiedAdams Thu 17-Oct-13 04:10:16

As there is no shower in the master bath,.people may assume you dont have one. No shower can make someone discount a house entirely.

Tyranasaurus Thu 17-Oct-13 07:05:46

What everyone else has said about the living room and garden. The other thing that struck me is that the interior looks like a new build (quite bare, magnolia, laminate...) but it's a period property. Do you have any original features? Can you get pictures/emphasise them in the text. I've just gone and had another look and I see you have a ceiling rose, cornicing, wooden doors, I completely missed these the first time I looked. If you feel like decorating maybe a deeper colour would be good, even a feature wall (!) to make it look more like a period property.

I see you're quite central, what's parking like? are there local amenities, a good school, park shops? In general I think the text could be improved with a lot more detail added.

AgathaF Thu 17-Oct-13 08:15:07

I agree with the comments so far. The house is a lovely old place, well decorated and a blank canvas for someone to move straight into.

I would definitely rearrange the living room and maybe get something for the blank chimney breast wall. At the moment it doesn't seem to have any kind of focal point, so it looks a little 'lost'. The garden would benefit from some nice seating and better photographs. There are too many photos of the front of the house - one decent one would suffice. The hanging basket photo really needs to go too.

I'd like to see photos that make more of the original features - cornicing, original doors etc. Not as close-up arty farty photos, but just so that they are obvious in the general room image.

MortifiedAdams Thu 17-Oct-13 08:24:48

The house looks like a rental, as, beautiful as it is, it doesnt seem to have much it.

Dress the attic bedroom - it a student a shared house.
Swap the lounge and dining room round, and have the Lounge take precidence in the photos.
Put towels, loo roll and a glass jar with toothbrushes into the bathroom.
Show a photo of a shower.
Vase.of flowers in the lounge and dining rooms.
Side lamps in all rooms.
Agree - one photo only of the front elevation.
Table and chairs outside.

AgathaF Thu 17-Oct-13 09:23:14

Just another couple of thoughts. Could you have a go at taking some photos yourself - play around with furniture angles, soft furnishing and taking the photos from different corners of the room to see what works best. If you could get a good set of photos together you have taken yourself, you could persuade the agents to use them.

Also, could you re do the outdoor ones on a sunny day? Houses and gardens look so much nicer in the sunshine. (Tis lovely here today in Derbyshire - give it a go?)

Bumblequeen Thu 17-Oct-13 09:23:31

Your house is lovely but does not look 'lived in'.

Where are the toiletries in the bathroom, children's toys/items in their bedrooms?

The walls look a little blank. Are you able to put up a few pictures?

littlecrystal Thu 17-Oct-13 10:14:01

The presentation looks good to me and so I have no comments rather than be patient and your buyer will come. A serious buyer will see past the absence of a fruit bowl or the hanging basket. Well done on decluttering so well.

Our house was a bit messy (kids 5 and 3yo), smelled of fish and our 5yo happen to have a tantrum when we had unexpected viewings - it didn't prevent them from making an offer. So fingers crossed and just try living your regular lives.

littlecrystal Thu 17-Oct-13 10:22:17

If I have GOT to pick up something, that would be the bare garden with not overly pretty view of that building on the right. Could you at least a garden picture without that building OR screen it with bamboo plants in ponts so it does not show on Rightmove pictures.

QOD Thu 17-Oct-13 10:43:59

I thought I was going to be so clever suggesting swap dining room and lounge ....

MortifiedAdams Thu 17-Oct-13 12:02:31

If you dont fancy swapping the rooms, take the cream sofa and put it in the bay of the dining room, and move the Poang armchair into that alcove - might make it feel a little bigger.

Deux Thu 17-Oct-13 12:58:35

Also, if you are not going to swap over the rooms, could you put in some kind of faux mantle/fireplace on the blank wall? I think it needs something there if it's a sitting room.

Looks lovely and would have thought it very appealing to buyers.

SandyChick Thu 17-Oct-13 13:18:31

I agree about the sitting room. Maybr take away chair and just leave 2 sofas. Maybe pick out the purple colour from sofa and add a few cushions and a throw? Do you have anything you could use as a tv stand that is smaller? Or could you swap the sofa and tv to opposite sides of chimney breast so sitting room looks into dining room?

Continue the purple accessories into dining area and kitchen too.

Maybe add a bathroom blind and a few accessories too.

What about some garden furniture too.

Overall tho I think its a lovely family home. Bathroom and kitchen are lovely. You could move in and not need to do a thing.


Periwinkle007 Thu 17-Oct-13 14:50:14

I agree - try to lose the chair from the lounge, move the cream sofa out of the alcove. I think you need some pictures or something up too, it looks a bit too newly decorated if that makes sense. not quite showing how cosy it could be. Could you put something in the lounge to make a focal point that isn't the tv? it is hard when there isn't a fireplace but I think it might help. even if it is just a picture.

homeseeker123 Thu 17-Oct-13 15:56:05

Hello Nosupermum,
swapping the dining and living area furniture around will make a big difference. You create a great social space around the fireplace in the bay windowed room and the narrower space will beautifully wrap around your nice dining table.
I would ask the agent to make a description that is enticing for a young family. The attic room could be a playroom rather than the master bedroom so that parents and children can be at the same level. I see that you have two schools nearby and the agent is not highlighting that. I wish you all the best.

nosupermum Thu 17-Oct-13 16:22:17

Right, have woken up from night shift and rearranged furniture so the rooms swap ends. When DP comes in tonight and I go on nightshift again he can entertain himself moving the TV and guff that goes with it either that or he will need to sit at the dining table to watch it tonight

I spoke to the agents today and they will do some more photos when we are rearranged to our satisfaction.

Walls on this house are impossible to drill into to hang pictures hence there isn't many up and we took down the few big ones with kids in. Will see if we can throw a few tasteful things round and a few more cushions. Will also try and redress attic as more master bedroom for the photos.

Will update photos at some point for review grin

Yama Thu 17-Oct-13 16:35:13

Well done NoSuperMum.

Jan49 Thu 17-Oct-13 18:42:53

I would add some colourful towels to the bathroom as it's a bit colourless.

I'm amazed you live there with 3 dc. It looks like a furnished rented house where the tenants have moved out.


MissBetseyTrotwood Thu 17-Oct-13 20:32:29

You are a supermum change your NN!

You have to post the new pics tho. grin

SadPander Thu 17-Oct-13 20:52:20

I think its very nice. In the lounge I think the sofa looks a little like you've cramped it in against the wall and that maybe the room is small. Might look better pulled away from the wall a little. Maybe a few little homely touches as it almost looks a little unlived in (very tidy!). Really nothing that would put me off a house though, just needs to give it a little more time hopefully.

ShoeWhore Thu 17-Oct-13 20:53:59

Good move to swap living and dining spaces - will make much more of that lovely fireplace.

It's a great house OP and a week isn't that long - good luck with it all!

Jellypudmum Thu 17-Oct-13 21:01:10

Great house. Even more exciting cos you're only 4 miles away from me!! First time I've seen a Chessy mnetter!!

nosupermum Fri 25-Oct-13 23:16:02

If you click on the link again there is some new lounge photos on. Just noticed though that they forgot to remove on of the old ones.

Rearranging the furniture has made such a difference - it all looks so spacious and seems to make more sense. I like the sunny outside pictures too.
Good luck - hope you get lots of viewings and a buyer very soon.

BrianTheMole Fri 25-Oct-13 23:47:28

Its a nice house and a good price (to me). You'd never get anything like that where I live for that price.

TheFuckersonInquiry Fri 25-Oct-13 23:50:34

I think it looks great now. I don't think there is anything that would put anyone off.

Good luck.

ZombieMonkeyButler Fri 25-Oct-13 23:56:51

It's a nice house but, and I am aware this is probably just me, it looks like nobody lives there. Where is your stuff?

TortillasAndChocolate Fri 25-Oct-13 23:58:15

Oh I've just totally confused myself. Read the first half of the thread then looked at the pictures. I thought you were all being ridiculous because the furniture looks fine in the lounge, and thought it was weird you were all in agreement. Then finally read the rest of the thread and realised I was looking at updated photos!

The house looks lovely, and perfect for people to view as not too much 'stuff' around so it's easy to visualise your own furniture there etc.

Good luck

LoopaDaLoopa Sat 26-Oct-13 03:45:40

Looks a hundred times better now. Good luck!

Jollyb Sat 26-Oct-13 04:10:11

I think you should get rid of the photo of the back of the house, hanging basket and front door. The back of house one makes it look like you are really overlooked by your neighbours . Agree that you should do something to 'soften' the garden. A couple of pots or table and chairs on the patio maybe?

Jollyb Sat 26-Oct-13 04:12:09

Argh missed the last few posts and see that the swap has been done! Was a bit confused about the furniture issue

The furniture swap looks great!

cleofatra Sat 26-Oct-13 04:23:56

I think the decluttering is the right thing to do. People want to think of their own stuff in a house. Its a nice house inside. It really isnt about the decor, its clean and lovely.
Things that would put me off:
* dont like the look from the outside (it took a while for me to realise it was detached and not a terraced)
*garden looks very overlooked
* the bingo building (or as on first look "what is THAT"?
* I cant see any storage (big one for me)
* wardrobe capacity in main bedroom lood tiny!

I dont know if you can work anything around any of these?

cleofatra Sat 26-Oct-13 04:24:59

And Yes, Im in the zone as I'm house hunting at present.

AgathaF Sat 26-Oct-13 07:36:05

Wow. The furniture rearrangement looks so much better. The living room looks lovely and bright and spacious.

Could the top bedroom have a couple of pictures or a mirror on the wall just to soften it a little?

The agent really needs to get rid of the extra outside photos. Photo number 14 of the front is nice and no more required of that view. Photo number 6 of the back garden is the one I like the best, although I wonder if one looking to the other side of the garden might be better, depending on the view. I like that one because it is taken from a lower angle and shows less of the big buildings in the background. I agree that the one looking towards your house from the back doesn't really help as it shows too much of the neighbouring houses.

Yama Sat 26-Oct-13 12:28:09

Much better op. And you managed to get a shot of the garden with nice blue sky in the backround. What a difference. Well done.

SandyChick Sat 26-Oct-13 17:37:04

Looks great. I don't think the lack of pictures/personal touch would make much of a difference really. Not to me anyway if I was viewing. You're not buying the other persons 'stuff'.

It's a lovely spacious family home that has a lot of potential. It's a blank canvas really.

Good luck grin

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