In today's housing market, presenting a well-kept, spotless and perfectly staged home is essential to ensuring a quick and fair sale. While there are professionals who stage homes, you may do just as well yourself if you have an eye for decor. Here are some tips for making your home inviting and as attractive to buyers as possible.
Get some boxes and pack up about half of your possessions. Closets, shelves, cabinets and attics will look far more spacious if they are not crammed with books, knick-knacks and out-of-season clothing. Pack up any non-essential items and put the boxes in a storage unit.
Beware of Blandness
Many television shows spout enthusiastic advice to employ a neutral color palette in order to attract the average buyer. This advice should be interpreted to mean that the lime-green tiles on the bathroom floor need to go, as does the bright orange accent wall in the den. However, earth tones are great. There's no need to create a blank, monotone home with nothing but eggshell walls and tan carpeting. Keep the chocolate trim in the dining room and leave the dark red accents in the master bedroom.
Inject Some Life
While real estate agents will advise you to leave your cat and dog with friends and erase any evidence of them, there's no reason to move your fish tank or live plants. In fact, if you don't have any plants, Gaddys range of indoor plants offer up a lot of different options. Any greenery, from cacti to ficus, can make your home look more inviting.
Show Off Your Furniture
Unless your furniture is stained or otherwise unsightly, take off slipcovers and tablecloths before a house showing. Your home decor shouldn't be shrouded when being shown, as covers can make the furniture seem far more bulky. This, in turn, can make your rooms look smaller than they are.
Let in Natural Light
If you live in an area where winter is brutal, you may have thick window treatments to help insulate your home. However, this can make your house look small and shadowy. Before the house is shown, tie the curtains back and allow the natural light to stream in. If your curtains are old and tattered, consider some low-cost replacements to perk up the room. Make sure the window glass is spotless too.
If you want to pump up your home decor and stage your home for sale, these tips will help you make your home inviting and attractive to potential buyers. These strategies will allow potential buyers to see the potential of the space, rather than being overwhelmed by your possessions and color choices.
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