If you are planning to put your home on the market this summer, it goes without saying that you are hoping to sell your home as fast as possible and receive your asking price. Set the stage for success with these 21 tips for styling and updating your home, and find results — fast.
Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..
1. Boost curb appeal. That is something you constantly hear, and with great reason. Many people considering touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, frequently deciding on the spot if it’s worth a look inside. Make sure your home is prepared to lure in onlookers with the following hints:
Power wash siding and walkwaysHang easy-to-read house numbersPlant blooming flowers and fresh greeneryMow lawn, and reseed or add new sod like neededWash front windowsRepaint or stain the porch ground as necessary
2. Welcome visitors. Even in the event that you have just a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you’ve room — one or two bits of neat porch furniture. Maintain your porch lights on in the evenings, in case prospective buyers drive by. Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a great additional touch, particularly in the event that you’ll be showing the house during the day.
Suzie Parkinson SÜZA DESIGN
3. Get your home sparkling clean. From bright floors and gleaming windows to wash counters and scrubbed grout, each surface should glow. Here is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but surely the cheapest) way to assist your home put its very best foot forward. You might want to hire pros to do a few of the really hard stuff, particularly in the event that you’ve got a massive house. Do not worry — this measure is key!
4. Clear all clutter away. If you’re serious about staging your home, all clutter must go, end of story. It is not simple, and it might even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative’s garage) temporarily, but it’s worth the trouble. Clean and clean surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more room in the eyes of possible buyers, therefore purge anything unsightly or unnecessary.
But it’s my own style! Guess what? It might not be the style of those trying to get a home in your neighborhood. So even if you’ve got an awesome vintage-chic look happening, rein it for the sake of appealing to the largest people. It is possible to bring your individual style back to play on your brand new home.
Kate Jackson Design
5. Strike a balance between lived-in and wash. Yes, I know I just said to eliminate all your clutter (and you deserve a big pat on the back if you did it), but it’s time to re bring back a few components that will really make your home attractive. Think vases of cut flowers, a basket of new farmer’s market produce on the kitchen counter or a bowl of lemons together with the sink.
Kate Jackson Design
6. Style your dining room table. The dining room is often a blind spot in decorating the home. Between dinners, a large dining table can appear bare and uninviting, so styling this up with visitors in mind could raise the appeal. An oversize arrangement can look overly stiff and formal, so attempt to lining up a string of smaller vessels down the middle of the table instead.
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7. Just take a fantastic look in your floors. At the bare minimum, give all floors a thorough cleaning (and steam clean carpeting), but consider having wood floors refinished if they’re in poor shape. If you do not need to invest in refinishing floors, the tactical placement of area rugs can go quite a distance.
Ellen Grasso & Sons, LLC
8. Rearrange your furniture. In the living room, symmetrical arrangements usually do the job nicely. Pull off your furniture the walls and utilize pairs (of sofas, chairs, lamps) to create an inviting conversation area.
Kate Jackson Design
9. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. Now is not the time to experiment with that “pleasure”-appearing lime green. But that doesn’t mean that you have to go all white, either. Rich midtone neutrals like mocha and “greige” create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything seem more pulled together.
Talianko Design Group, LLC
10. Create a gender-neutral master bedroom. Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored master bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can not go wrong with crisp, clean linens, tasteful art and also a blanket folded at the foot of the mattress.
11. Open these cupboards! Open-house visitors will peek inside your own cabinets. Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage by giving surplus stuff the heave-ho. Again, this is actually important, therefore even in the event that you have to keep a few boxes everywhere, it’s worth it. Aim to have 20 to 30 percent open area in each cupboard to give the impression of spaciousness.
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
12. Clean toys up. Obviously there will be families with kids looking at your home, but just because they have kids too doesn’t mean visiting toys strewn everywhere will sell them on the place. When people are house hunting, they’re imagining a fresh beginning. Show them in this home, it’s possible to have a beautifully organized kids’ room, and they might be swayed.
Rethink Design Studio
13. Use “additional” rooms sensibly. When you’ve been using a spare bedroom as a dumping ground for odd pieces of furniture and boxes of junk, it’s time to clean up your own act. Each room should have a clearly defined goal, so think about what prospective buyers might like to see here. An office? A guest room? Another kids’ room? Whether you buy inexpensive furnishings, rent them, or borrow some from friends, making a real room from a junk room will have a major payoff.
Webber + Studio, Architects
14. Try a pedestal sink to maximize space. When you’ve got a small bathroom but a huge cabinet-style sink, consider swapping it out for a easy pedestal version. Your bathroom will look instantly bigger.
15. Use just perfect personal accents. Particularly in the bathroom, it’s important that anything left out for people to see is pristine. In case you’ve got a stunning fluffy white bathrobe, dangling it on a decorative hook on the door can be an attractive accent –but if your robe is more of the nubby blue floral selection, you might want to hide it away. Look at each detail with a visitor’s eye bars of soap should be clean and clean, towels spotless, the garbage constantly emptied (you get the idea).
Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..
16. Entice people to explore the whole home. By putting something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you are able to pique curiosity and retain prospective buyers interested during a whole home excursion. A bit of art, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers, a dangling light or even a small, colorful rug can work to draw the attention.
17. Show ways to use awkward areas. If you’ve any room beneath the stairs, or a corner or alcove anyplace in your home, try to find a exceptional way to show off it. By preparing a small work station, a home control center with a bulletin board, or built-in shelving, your awkward spot becomes another selling point.
COOK ARCHITECTURAL Design Studio
18. Beware pet odors. Truly, this is sometimes a big one! In case you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra cautious about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Also be sure to keep any extra-loved pet toys and doggie bones hidden when excursions are scheduled.
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
19. Create a lifestyle people are searching for. Generally speaking, you want to perform up what your neighborhood or area is known for. Have a home in a quiet, grassy suburb? Lay a hammock in your backyard and a bench swing on your porch could be the perfect touch.
20. Stage the outdoors too. Even if your condo has just a teensy postage stamp–size balcony, play this up with a cute café table and chairs, a cheerful tablecloth and even just a tiny tray of dishes or a vase of blossoms. If people look at this scene, they won’t be thinking “small,” they’ll be thinking, “What a charming spot to have breakfast!”
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21. Think. Make sure that your garden is in beautiful shape in the summer, and that any additional features you’ve got, like a pool or a fire pit, are cleaned and ready to go. Take advantage of the cozy vibe of the year in fall and winter, by building a fire in the fireplace and simmering hot apple cider on the stove.
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