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To make a room appear bigger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. If you want to give the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your draperies. It will provide a seamless and sophisticated look.
Don't Overcrowd Rooms
Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture that is too large for the space; it will only make the room appear small and cramped. However, don’t leave a room too barren either. In a narrow space, shelves can add depth to make a room feel larger. Paint the backs of the shelves the same color as the walls to create an illusion of depth. For a large window in a large room, use large patterned window treatments. A small pattern tends to disappear in a large room.
Repurpose Your Resources
Salvage old materials to save money. The Designed to Sell experts are always looking for ways to repurpose old junk. They’ve turned strips of hardwood flooring into a fence, cut down pieces of old laminate countertops to make shelves and made headboards out of just about anything, including old doors.
Create Serene Bedrooms
Create a relaxing setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential homebuyer want to sit back and relax. If you don’t have the money to buy a new bed, just get the frame then buy an inexpensive air mattress and dress it up with neutral-patterned bedding.
Make Awkward Spaces Functional
Make the most of an awkward space by giving it a function. The slanted ceilings in this attic bedroom created a hideaway nook with no real purpose. By adding wall-to-wall shelves and a desk, the area has immediately turned into a private office. This new space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember.
Build a Memorable First Impression
Open stairways and foyers need to draw buyers up and in. Clear out the clutter and add a little color. Get rid of shabby apartment-grade window blinds; new window treatments are an easy and inexpensive fix that can change a room dramatically. Evidence of pets is a turnoff to many buyers, so keep your critters under wraps.
Invest In Contemporary Appliances
If your kitchen appliances are outdated, invest in a new cooktop, stove or refrigerator. Studies show that sellers recoup every penny they spend on appliances. Stainless steel looks great in the kitchen and will help sell your house, but not when it’s covered in fingerprints. An easy and eco-friendly way to keep stainless steel clean is to mix one part vinegar with one part water and wipe with a clean cloth.
Update Outdated Bathrooms
Consider having tacky, outdated bathroom tile reglazed. It costs much less than replacements and can make your bathroom look brand new. To remove mold from grout, try a simple solution of bleach and water. If that doesn’t work, try staining the grout.
Disband the Clutter
Real estate agents say they often catch house hunters opening bathroom cabinets. So, disband the clutter and clean out your cabinets. You want to show buyers storage, not a lack of storage. Storage sells houses — it always ranks high on a buyer’s priority list.
There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious. Not only will this make the space more user-friendly, but it will open up the room and make it seem larger.
Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn’t mean it won’t look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.
One of the things that make staged homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. As it turns out, many of our homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
Neutral and Appealing
Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Even if you were weaned on off-white walls, take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens. As for bold wall colors, they have a way of reducing offers, so go with neutrals in large spaces.
Don’t be afraid to use dark paint in a powder room, dining room or bedroom. A deep tone on the walls can make the space more intimate, dramatic and cozy. And you don’t have to go whole hog – you can paint just an accent wall to draw attention to a dramatic fireplace or a lovely set of windows. If you have built-in bookcases or niches, experiment with painting the insides a color that will make them pop — say, a soft sage green to set off the white pottery displayed within.
Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable, especially three. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important, too, so in your group of three be sure to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For maximum effect, group accessories by color, shape, texture or some other unifying element, stagers suggest.
Raid Your Yard
Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding Peony or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring and summer and add splashes of cheerful color, blazing fall foliage warms up your decor on chilly autumn days and holly branches heavy with berries look smashing in winter.
Unfinished projects can scare off potential buyers, so finish them. Missing floorboards and large cracks in the sidewalk on the way to your door tend to be a red flag, for example, and they cost you less to fix than buyers might deduct from the asking price.
Outdoor Home Staging
It’s the outside of a property that attracts visitors first. Staging the exterior of your home is a critical first step when listing your property for sale. Mow and TRIM the lawn. Prune and clip the bushes. Weed the flower beds and apply a covering of colour matching Mulch. Remove anything cluttering up the yard. Even little Jimmy’s tricycle!Clean the garden furniture, BBQ, garbage can, etc. Get rid of oil stains. Move unused vehicles that are in the way. You want people to park in your driveway and NOT on the street. Make them feel at home from the very first visit. Replace missing shingles on the roof. Show the buyers you care about your investment and they will too! Welcome buyers with your front door. You may want to repaint it but definitely make sure it’s clean and free of spider webs, clutter, and in spring, summer and fall, strategically placed flower pots, containers and tropical plants mean a lot to the buyer and higher sales potential for YOU. Repair broken windows and screens. Paint window and door frames and anywhere else paint is flaking. Remove political or other symbols, such as flags. Alienation of buyers not familiar with, or with the same stance is like saying as a liberal, you won’t sell to conservatives. That isn’t true. Be sure ALL your outdoor lighting is functioning and bright.
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