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Article Author – Property Solvers

If you’re looking to make a great return on the sale of your property, you may already be aware of the many ways in which you may add value quickly and easily.

Nearly everyone knows that disposing of clutter, mending broken fixtures and fittings, cleaning all spaces, adding a lick of paint and neatening your garden or yard can work wonders when it comes to your property’s sale price.

However, another highly effective trick is to rent artwork to hang in your home.

Renting Genuine Original Artwork

Many people are surprised to hear that a large number of art galleries, dealers and interior design organisations offer art rental services, allowing homeowners to display pieces in their property for a set period of time.

This offers a way to enjoy paintings, sculpture and more – as well as supporting artists and art specialists – without a prohibitive price tag.

A further benefit is that, if you’re planning to sell your home soon, you can arrange to display artworks of your choice to coincide with viewings and visits from real estate agents, property photographers and potential buyers.

So: why take this approach? Below, we’ll explain just some of the reasons why you might decide to hire one or more pieces of art when selling your home.

Having Art on Display Serves as a Form of “Staging”

The practice of “staging” property for sale has become very popular in recent years. The approach involves clearing out a home completely and renting furnishings and accessories that are carefully chosen to show each space in its best light and to inspire potential buyers.

Artwork takes the practice one step further, offering a level of creative flair to any part of a home and arguably influencing the both the price and speed of property sale.

It Presents Your Property as an Aspirational Home

Many people aspire to have the funds and taste to display original artwork from professional artists in their own home. By renting art, you can position your property as the kind in which creative and affluent people would love to live.

Great Art Captures the Imagination

Property experts encourage sellers to remove their personal possessions from display in their home, so that potential buyers can more easily picture the ways in which they might make changes or add their own touches to each space.

Displaying attractive artwork can help to take this a step further, encouraging creativity, inspiring imagination and providing a strong sense of positivity.

It Will Provide a Characterful Touch

The best artwork for display in a residential property is the kind that enhances or complements the home’s character – or that introduces a unique element of interest when viewed in the context of its surroundings.

Your property may well be more interesting and memorable to potential viewers if they spot attractive pieces of art when taking a look around.

What Kind of Artwork Should I Rent?

Whatever your personal taste, we have some suggested “dos and don’ts” for those considering pieces of art to rent as they prepare to sell their house.

Do Display:

  • Abstract art, whether colourful and detailed or elegant and minimalist
  • Relaxing, inspiring landscapes
  • Photography – particularly classy black and white images
  • Mid-sized pictures that are bold and interesting but not overwhelming

Don’t Display:

  • Prints of pieces that are too well-known (doing so may seem “unoriginal” to visitors)
  • Controversial, sexual or violent imagery
  • Oversized or imposing artwork (this may cause the surrounding space to seem “swamped” and may even make visitors feel stressed, uncomfortable or claustrophobic)

Simple cosmetic changes and clever aesthetic choices can make all the difference to the impression your home makes on a potential buyer.

Renting one or more pieces of art is often far more affordable than the employment of other property staging techniques, and could well result in a fantastic return on your investment.

Luke Hickman

Luke Hickman is a printmaker and artist with over 15 years of experience. He studied at Norwich University, graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art, and has worked in both the commercial printing and digital marketing industries for over 7 years. Luke's work revolves around the idea of creating art that can illustrate a story with topics covering war, politics and history.

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