This tip is not just if you are selling your home unfurnished, staging your home can be done with your existing furniture. When potential buyers are looking at homes, yours is competing with all the other homes in the area in that price range, and you want to maximize your home's appeal.
You want your home to look cozy and warm. Some think that your home will look more roomy if you push your furniture against the wall - Not true! You should position your sofas and chairs into conversational groups, and in such a way as to show an obvious traffic pattern. This will open up the room and make it seem larger to potential buyers.
You can also shake things up a bit. Just because you have your favorite armchair in your den doesn't mean it won't look better in the sitting area in your bedroom. Try to look at your furniture with a new eye. If you have that "one room" that seems to be the place that gathers your junk, take notice and clean it!
Try moving your lamps and home accessories to places that will open your home and make it appear more airy and comfortable to buyers.
You can also repurpose a room into something that will add value. Something as easy as putting a table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform the area.
Lighting is another issue that you can easily change. To create a warm look you can increase the wattage in your lamps. The rule-of-thumb is to try and get a total of 100 watts for every 50 sq. ft., and you shouldn't depend on just one lighting fixture per room. You should have three types of lighting: general overhead, under cabinet, and table/wall lighting. You will be surprised how much difference lighting will make.
If you decide to paint a few rooms, keep the living room/den in neutral colors. A potential buyer might not like your experiment with bright colors. Just remember that everything you do to your home is to appeal to buyers, not you or your family.
For your bedroom, add some luxurious linens with colors that make potential buyers feel comfortable and, hopefully, at home. Also, cleaning out your larger closets will show off your roomy storage areas, which helps sell houses!
My last posts talked about removing clutter, and curb appeal, and along with staging your home for a sale, all of it fits together to help your home stand far above your competition.
The real estate market is definitely picking up and your competition is doing all they can to get their home sold! I can help you with all your home selling needs and I am looking forward to helping you get your home sold fast, and for a good price.
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Is remodeling your home part of your Spring plans? It may be a good idea to check on the Return on Investment for home improvement projects, particularly if the projects are in advance of trying to sell your house.
Remodeling Magazine just came out with their top returning home improvement projects and they found that replacing the Entry Door (never diminish the importance of Curb Appeal) returned roughly 85% of the cost. Other more costly projects such as Re-siding the house or a total kitchen upgrade returned 79% and 71% respectively but may also provide more enjoyment if you are staying for a while.
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Sanibel and Captiva Islands Remodeling:Cost vs Value
Are you thinking of making some improvements to your Sanibel Island or Captiva Island home in 2010?You might be interested to know that replacing your Front Door leads the way when it comes to return on investment.Replacing your entry door with a high efficiency door will cost roughly $1100 to purchase and have installed.The National Association of Realtor’s 2009 – 2010 report on Cost vs Value reports that the recouped value of that project will be about $1,470 or 129.9% of the cost! (Realtor Magazine, January 2010, pg. 22)
Not only does it speak volumes about the value of Curb Appeal, it also can save you $$ with a more energy efficient door.