Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Doesn’t that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks.
Buyers are getting more selective so it’s getting harder and harder to sell homes today. Not only is it harder to sell but mortgage money, though available, is getting more elusive. So how should you as a homeowner, prepare your home for sale? I certainly don’t recommend “big ticket” repairs or renovations. I do highly recommend a fresh coat of paint on the inside of your house. If there are painted areas outside it should be painted as well to put the best “face” on your property.
As soon as potential buyers walk in the door, they are going to be subtly influenced by the colors of the rooms. These influences can be positive or they can be negative, and they’re more important than you might think. Now here is where the planning comes in. You need to give some thought to your decorating scheme that will make your home more attractive to home buyers. You want people to imagine themselves living in your home when they walk through that door. You can do this by coordinating your color scheme to guide them to your home’s best selling points.
Take note of your exterior color. If you can match the color and repeat it throughout the house, it creates an atmosphere of harmony. (It helps if the exterior is an attractive color!)
Kitchen and Dining Room:
Eating areas feel most natural when painted with “food” colors. Think the brown of coffee, the yellow of egg yolks and the greens of vegetables. Try darker shades, as we associate rich colors with healthy foods. There are many colors that borrow their name from food, like plum, lime green, orange, banana yellow, grapefruit pink, cherry red, blueberries; these can help you choose a color scheme.
It really depends on the size of the room and where you want the buyer’s eyes to focus. A lighter color (perhaps a lighter version of the exterior color) helps make a smaller living room more spacious. A darker color can deemphasize awkward angles or make it seem smaller. A warmer hue can make a living room seem more cozy and inviting.
You could use an accent wall but which wall should be accented? An accent wall should create or enhance a focal point or highlight an architectural interest. It might be the wall with the fireplace, built in shelving, or the wall that soars up two stories. When using an accent wall you need to select the right wall so you don’t pull focus away from the important features or make a room feel unbalanced.
White is always a popular choice, but since it is most likely already present in the fixtures, too much of it can create a sterile atmosphere. A light shade of blue or green is good here, as it adds color while still imparting an image of cleanliness.
Rich, muted blues, greens and some reds can make a bedroom seem intimate and relaxing. However, for selling, neutral colors are excellent choices. They are soothing and understated, which helps potential buyers easily see how the room could suit their tastes.
To sell your property today, you need to use soft warm decorator colors that are current. That way they not only look beautiful in the home, but will go with the existing furnishings of your prospective buyers and remind them of the beautiful new furnishings and colors they have been eyeing at the stores in anticipation of their new home.
Colors can help bring your house together and de-emphasize aspects of the house that could be a put off to a potential buyer. However, it’s up to you to figure out which colors most effectively show off your home’s interior.