Get the Best Price for Your Home by Decorating to Sell

 

If you’re planning on putting your house on the market this spring or summer, it’s safe to assume that you are hoping to sell your home fast and get your asking price. Set yourself up for success by highlighting your home’s strengths, downplay its weakness, and appeal to the greatest pool of prospective buyers with these home-staging secrets.

 

 

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Disband the Clutter

The first thing you should do to prepare your home for sale is to clean out the clutter. Real estate agents will tell you that it is not uncommon for house hunters to raid through your drawers and cabinets. So, clear out the mess and show buyers your storage, not a lack thereof. Storage sells houses-it’s a top priority on buyer’s lists.
As far as furniture goes-less is more. Too much furniture makes a house look clutter and rooms appear smaller. Take a hard look around your home and ask yourself what you can live without.
Tip-In order to make rooms look bigger, furnish your space by floating furniture away from the walls. Rearrange sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is logical. This will make the space more functional and it will open the room up to seem larger.
Give Your Junk Room a Purpose
Make the most of an awkward space by giving it a purpose. If you have a room, basement, or attic that serves only to gather junk, clean it up, and give it a function. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, you can quickly turn an unused room into a private office. Or add a comfortable armchair and a small lamp to turn something into a cozy reading spot. This new space adds value to a home and can serve as a feature to potential buyers.

Home Lighting

Give your home and warm and welcoming look with great lighting. Many homes are poorly lite, an easy remedy is to increase the wattage in your lamps and light fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Also, make sure you have three types of lighting in all your major rooms, ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under cabinet, or reading), and accent (table or wall).

Adjacent Painting

Make a room appear bigger by painting it the same color as an adjacent room. For instance, if you have a small kitchen and dining room, a simple matching color will make both rooms seem like one big space. Another design trick: If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look

Raid Your Yard

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Along with clean countertops, comes perfectly placed fresh flowers and pricey arrangements. You can give your home a similar look and give it a welcoming feeling by raiding your own garden. Budding Magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds signal the arrival of spring. Don’t forget to put an eye-catching flower pot by your front door too.
New Faces
Replacing cabinets can be expensive and timely. You can replace the drawers and doors, then paint everything to match, and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to recover the existing panel.

 

New Faces:

Replacing cabinets can be expensive and timely. You can replace the drawers and doors, then paint everything to match, and add new hardware. And instead of replacing the entire dishwasher, you may be able to get a new front panel. Check with the manufacturer to see if replacements are available for your model. If not, laminate paper, which goes on like contact paper, can be used to recover the existing panel.

 

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