Amazing lighting ideas for your home
Whilst we look at colours, cushions and furniture, one aspect that we may overlook is the lighting in our homes. In summer lighting is something that we don’t often have to consider but as the nights draw in, lighting helps to brighten our homes and in turn makes your property more appealing to buyers.
Don’t forget to make the most of the sun
Before making any changes, think about how much natural daylight each room receives. Is the room north or south facing? How many windows and how big they are will affect the type of light the room needs. Make use of natural daylight, whether this involves pruning a large climbing rose or swapping bulky curtains for something less instructive. You may even find switching curtains in different rooms improves the ambience.
Kerb appeal is incredibly important for first impressions, especially as some viewings will now be happening in darkness.
Electricians can be expensive especially if you don’t want to do lots of work as you will be moving soon. There are other options you could consider, like solar garden or fairy lights.
Once your buyer has successfully made through your front door, your hallway is the first internal part of your home they will see. Too often halls are relegated to becoming thoroughfares, where coats and shoes are dumped, especially if you have children.
You don’t want your buyer to think there is not enough storage in your home, so clear away any unnecessary items, and only keep out those you use on a day to day basis.
Lamps with shades made from silk or parchment diffuse the light and allow it out sideways, ideal for a bedroom.
Depending on the room, just think from a potential buyer’s point of view what they will be looking for. Rather than buy anything, perhaps move lamps around in different rooms to see what works best or even see if you can borrow a lamp or standing lamp from a relative or friend.
Is it time to switch our attention?
By using good lighting we can make sure we are showing off the best features of our homes. But don’t forget to dust! Even with the best of lighting, time flies by and before we know it there may be dust on our shades or light bulbs dimming the effect and perhaps making your home look darker and less inviting.
Lastly, don’t forget to ask your local V&H Homes negotiator, we have a wealth of experience to make selling your home as easy and smoothly as possible and can pass on other top tips for you to use.
Selling Your Home This Autumn
Summer holidays have finished, children are back in school so now is an ideal time to make that next move in your life. Here are some top tips for what you need to think about before the influx of buyers and make the most of one of the busiest times in the year for selling homes.
- One of the simplest tips, but can easily be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, is to have a tidy-up. Store away those suitcases if you have been on holiday or, if you have children, tidy away their toys – this may even be a good time to see if they have outgrown any toys so they can be recycled for another child to enjoy.
- Now is not the time to overlook the garden! Properties with outdoor space are highly sought-after so, if you have a garden, now’s the time to make the most of it. Cut the grass and consider putting in some late flowering plants, such as dahlias, begonias and bright blue Monkshood ‘Arendii’ to add some colour.
- If you live in a flat, don’t forget window boxes or hanging baskets to add some colour. In your home, remember your house plants that may need some tender loving care by removing any dead leaves or even giving them a dust!
- When was the last time you washed your curtains or nets? An easy thing like this will refresh your home and is quick and simple to do.
- After a brilliant summer, by English standards, we are all hoping for a fantastic Indian Summer to delay autumn’s onset! However, as the year wears on there can be a bit of a nip in the air! To make your home as welcoming and inviting for viewers, try to take the chill off a room before they arrive. Even better if you have a fireplace cracking away, this will make your home as warm as toast and help them imagine that it was theirs!
- Lastly, don’t forget to ask your V&H Homes negotiator, we have a wealth of experience at hand to make selling your home as easy and smoothly as possible.
Apartment For Sale: Westminster, London £750,000
Situated in a highly sought after riverside location within an iconic residential building, The Panoramic, is this fantastic and spacious studio apartment. The striking development comes complete with a 24 hour concierge service and a residents’ gym. The lease is over 100 years and the apartment is on the second floor with a lift service.
Located on the north bank of the Thames SW1, within close proximity of Tate Britain, the University of Arts, the Houses of Parliament, and a host of London’s most famous attractions.
Pimlico and Westminster underground stations offer easy access into Central London. The Panoramic benefits from an enviable position on the north bank of the Thames, sitting at a prominent curve on the river.
The Panoramic is an iconic, exclusive, and highly sought after waterfront building in Central London. This large Manhattan style studio apartment offers spectacular vistas across Bessborough Gardens, optimised by floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.
This spacious and light second floor apartment offers a unique opportunity, benefiting from comfort cooling throughout, as well as 24 hour concierge service and a residents’ gym.
Local authority information
City of Westminster
Art in Westminster
With its location opposite Tate Britain and next to the Henry Moore sculpture ‘Locking Piece’, The Panoramic is already well positioned for art. The nearby Riverwalk scheme will be adding to the area’s artistic heritage through a new sculpture by Peter Randall-Page and two specially commissioned benches by Pablo Reinoso.
Peter Randall-Page’s ‘Shapes in the Clouds’ will be installed in the landscaped area around Riverwalk and explores how the sensual and organic can emerge from the formal and geometric. In this version of a dodecahedron carved out of Rosso Luana marble, in which the heavy figuring is reminiscent of solidifying cloud, the Dartmoor-based artist has combined geometric order with geological chaos to produce something both visceral and sensual. Peter often describes it as breathing life into dumb matter.
Gastronomy in Westminster
The borough of Westminster is home to some of the finest restaurants in the country and the Michelin-starred Roux at Parliament Square counts itself amongst these.
Music in Westminster
Having celebrated its 300 year anniversary in 2014, the Spring Season at St John’s Smith Square is set to begin the year on a good note. Widely regarded as one of the best examples of English Baroque architecture, the former church was converted into a unique music venue after the Second World War. This year’s programme includes regular lunchtime concerts, Mozart Explored concerts by the London Mozart Players and the new Sunday at St John’s series of afternoon chamber music.
V&H Homes are Hiring Weekend Staff!
Due to high levels of viewings, V&H Homes are hiring additional weekend staff.
V&H Homes has a reputation for providing unparalleled levels of outstanding customer service. If you have a passion for property and are a real people person, we would love to hear from you.
Hours are from 8.30am-6pm on Saturdays and having a driving licence is essential.
Please visit www.vhhomes.co.uk for more details about our company and send your CV to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
V&H Encourages Budding Pro-Golfers at the Ashtead Rotary Village Day
We had a fantastic time at the Ashtead Rotary Village Day on Saturday.
Thank you to everyone who attended and joined in with the V&H Homes mini golf course!
All proceeds will be going to the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Thank you Rotary Club of Ashtead for arranging such a wonderful day.