Selling your home?
Happy Spring! The season for real estate. I see many people put their homes up for sale with little preparation because they are so confident in the "sellers market." Chances are, your home will sell quickly. But don't forget that effective staging will keep offers rolling in, allowing you to collect some extra cash. Here are 8 ways to get your home ready for the market.
1. Chose the Correct Paint Color
A fresh coat of paint is the first step to a marketable home. Here are some reliable paint colors :
Benjamin Moore - Revere Pewter OR Edgecomb Gray
2. White Curtains
Don't underestimate the power of white curtains. Light, bright, simple decor is on trend. The most common issue with old homes is that they feel dark and closed in. White curtains will draw your eyes to the ceiling, giving your space the illusion of brightness.
3. Get Rid of Clutter Using this Practical Method
Declutter. Decluttter. Decluttter. You've heard from your nagging mother, your favorite home improvement channel, and your real estate agent. Most people don't know how to start with the decluttering process. I'm here with a very simple tactic. Get rid of EVERYTHING that is smaller that the span of your hand. Anything smaller than your hand should be labeled "garage sale." (This is not only a staging method, but a decorating method in general. For the purpose of staging, you may even want to aim for things twice that size!). Also, keep shelves simple. 1-3 items max.
4. Larger Furniture
Get rid of small knick knacks. Get rid of small artwork. Larger furniture? This doesn't seem to fit the theme. However, a tiny table in your dining room will look awkward and make your dining room feel small. Next, pitch the TV stand in your living room that's smaller than your TV. There is a misconception that smaller furniture makes your room feel larger; this is not accurate.
Note: There are exceptions. Please don't put a chunky leather sectional that takes up the span of two walls in your tiny den.
(photo below is from the home of my sweet client, Jamie. See how the larger TV console makes this room feel updated and proportional?)
5. Empty your Kitchen Counters
Get rid of everything on your kitchen counters, your bathroom counters, and your tub/shower surround. Counters should be clear, with the exception of your kitchenaid, maybe a bowl of fresh fruit, and some fresh flowers.
6. Add Fresh Flowers
Do this. I suggest the muted colors of Hydrangeas or Eucalyptus. Your home will feel new, personal, and chic.
7. Make the Right Flooring Choice
This is a tip for those who know their home needs a little more than an accessory facelift. New flooring is a larger investment than the $3 bouquet of eucalyptus at Trader Joes, but remember that you will often get more than what you put in. Here are three tips when choosing flooring to sell:
Do you have any other home staging tips you would like to share? Drop a comment below. Thanks for stopping by, I look forward to seeing you Friday for a new segment, "Friday Favorites" and next Sunday where Ty will be sharing another Travel Guide!