With Groundhog Day behind us, and a "prediction" for an early spring, many of us are itching to et some of those glorious home projects done. If you are thinking of selling, oftentimes people look ahead six months to 5 or 10 years planning what needs to be done and needs to be done and make the best investments if they are selling. So, no matter if you are selling or dwelling, these tips can apply and help you!
Source: Sherwin Williams
With Valentine’s Day in mind here ya go… A home should feel really special, to the owner, if staying, and to the buyer, if buying. The difference is, if you’re considering selling, you need to consider how the home looks from a buyer’s perspective and change some things.
1. Paint Color: is one thing that can send a buyer running the other way, or enticing them to move right in. Color is very emotional. And remember, there is a big difference between paint color if you are staying and paint color for selling. Paint is money in a can, but you must know best color choices to appeal to those buying in your area. A huge color “blooper” can be the wrong kitchen, dining room, den, or bedroom color, resulting in either better offers on a home for sale, or lower offers if the color is a turnoff. No matter what, you don’t want your home to look like a Rubix Cube… too many different colors going on. Here’s a great article on color for staging.
2. Curb Appeal: Every day, I drive by homes that for just a little bit of elbow grease or hiring out someone, there are certain easy fixes such as overgrown bushes that are too tall for the windows. Faded shutters, front doors and junk on the front area of the home can lower your home’s values.
3. Layout and Flow: Oftentimes, when I come into a client’s home where I’ve been hired to do a prep to sell walkthrough of their occupied home, I can help them “create real estate within their real estate” by moving some furniture around, editing some pieces, and it’s amazing the difference! But... if you are in your home and are not selling, there may be some pieces of furniture that you really don’t need anymore, the kids aren’t going to want to inherit them, and they are just taking up space. Getting a friend to help you make decisions on some of this can make these decisions easier.
4. Clean Lines and Heart-Warming Vignettes: This does not mean a home has to have a hospital feel, yes, if you are selling, take down those personal pics, and whether selling or not….get rid of the “junk” areas, and setting out a tray with a plant or some lovely candlesticks grouped can take a rather hectic feel down to a wonderful emotional connection. I have found that I love many things, but after editing books, clothing, and other belongings, that hanging on to my absolute favorites make them more special with less “stuff,” and less maintenance also!
5. Updating Fixtures and Lights: Updating lights and fixtures can be a game changer for your home, whether it’s your kitchen cabinets, or your light fixtures. Be sure you don’t get something toooo trendy, but something that will elevate your home. I’m attaching a before and after pic of one of my previous clients foyer. Please forgive the fact that the fixture was a bit cut off in the pics, but they had this AMAZING home and that little light in their foyer just wasn’t working to elevate that space. With some recommended updates, they were able to list their home for over $40,000 more. Isn’t that crazy?
There are some great ways I can help, either virtually or in person! From tips and tricks and best paint colors to elevate your home, many times you can add more equity and value to your home by getting the right help and investing in the right things. Have a grrreat February!
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