Getting Your Home Market Ready

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Early this Spring, a past client of mine got in touch with me about her soon-to-be on the market home in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

I had designed a custom kitchen for her a few years back (before and after shots of that project below). Now she was ready to move on from her home, but needed some help getting it ready.


Making your home appealing to buyers is an important part of the selling process. A few key changes can help freshen things up and present your home at its best.

For this home, we decided on three main areas to focus on that would provide the most impact.

1. Curb Appeal


This is a big one! The outside of the house provides potential buyers with their first impression.

Working closely with the homeowner, I came up with an action plan that would really make this home stand out.

House and Pool_Shore Dr.

We chose a beautiful teal for the siding with a creamy trim, a new dark stained wood front door, and had a new roof installed in warm black/grey shingles. We suggested an aggregate walkway and driveway, and sprucing up the landscaping.

2. De-clutter


Clutter can distract from the selling features of the home. We definitely wanted to show off the beautiful custom kitchen, the high ceilings, and the hardwood floors.

piano room_Shore Dr.

To really let those key features shine, I suggested ways in which to style each room. This included furniture placement and elimination, hanging artwork at eye level and lightening up on the knick knacks and clutter.

Shore Dr._Living

In the living area above, I had suggested painting out the brick, but in the end the homeowners decided they liked it just as it is. We installed a rough-hewn beam for a mantle which ties in with the look of the adjacent kitchen.

3. Freshen Up With Paint

Shore Dr. _ bedroom

A fresh coat of paint can work wonders. It’s an inexpensive, quick and effective way to update any space.

The colour design I created for the interior is soft and subdued. I chose colours that would create a fresh and calm feeling, and that would work as a backdrop, accenting the selling features.

In the bedroom above, just the right blue really shows off the unique window with a waterfront view.


In the bathroom on the left, a more subtle blue makes the space feel light tranquil, and accents the clawfoot tub. On the right, a soft cream was chosen to let the dark wood vanity and the luxurious over-sized shower stand out.

If you’re interested in Henhouse’s design services, find out more here!

This home is now ready to sell! Thank you, and best wishes to the lovely homeowners!