*Remember to check the finish on the paint before purchasing. I recommend a matte or eggshell enamel finish for a softer touch.
Crazy colored rooms?
If you painted your children bedrooms lime green and hot pink, consider going to your local hardware store and painting over the colors. Buyers like to see neutral colors when walking into a home because that means they can move in right away and not have to worry about repainting. Lighter neutral colors like the color above, White Dove from Sherman Williams are preferred when selling a home. Not only does a neutral color allow the buyers to move in right away, it also brighten up the space and creates a clean look.
My main recommendation when painting is to take your time, use painters tape to avoid drips, and a good paint brush for even strokes. If your paint looks messy, it will deter buyers from seeing the true value in your home and leave them focusing on what people refer to as “the home owner special.”
3. Natural Lighting
Lighting can play hand and hand with a rooms paint color. Try to focus on brightening up the rooms as much as possible. It makes the space feel more open and inviting.
Things to look out for:
Heavy and dark curtains:
Curtains can play a huge role in a rooms appearance. Dark curtains believe it or not can make the room feel smaller. No one wants their living room to feel like a Dungeon.
I typically stick with lighter curtains, sheer panels are a great way to add style to a room without taking away from the natural light.
I recommend placing the curtain rods above the trim to elongate the windows giving the illusion the room is taller than it is.
Design idea: If you want to add to the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your curtains trim. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.
4. Avoid Dating Your Home
If your lighting fixtures in your home are from the 80’s consider replacing them with a more updated look. The same goes with older curtains, and worn out furniture. It’s best to switch them out to a current trend to show you have placed care into your home (and the items inside) and have maintained its value. Another recommendation is to remove old throw rugs and either replace them or show off your current flooring.
5. Landscaping / Curb Appeal
Curb appeal alert!
Clean up your yard by removing anything that doesn’t belong and discard items (or donate) if not in use. If your shutters and front porch are chipped and weathered looking spend sometime repainting them to freshen up your look.
If your driveway is older looking you can have it resealed for typically a couple of hundred dollars.
Front Porch: Should room allow, try to create a seating area on the porch. When prospective buyers view your home they can picture themselves enjoying all aspects from start to finish.
Some general landscaping ideas I recommend to sellers is to cut the grass, remove leaves and trim any over grown bushes. If you have old dead flower bed areas, replace them with vibrant new flowers and fill the beds with fresh bark mulch.
Another simple tip is to make sure the numbers on your mailbox and home are updated. An easy way to enhance curb appeal is by painting the front door a fun color, this helps the home stand out and gives the home a pop of color. This will also make it easier for buyers to find your home !
If you are able to complete the recommended tips above you will be surprised with the transformation that will occur both in the curb appeal and brightening up the interior. Remember when you’re selling your home the buyer doesn’t know anything about you and the love you have put into upkeep. By taking a little extra time to do a few minor updates it can set you apart from other homes on the market and also get you the highest ROI. Buyers like to know the home they are buying was well cared for and loved!
Till Next Time,