House going on the market? Whether you’re downsizing, upsizing or simply relocating, if you’re about to put your house on the market, it’s time to start thinking about your potential buyers. Home trends come and go, and while some major changes can be worth the investment, most aren’t. But there are things you can do to maximize the appeal of your home, and still keep it within your stylish, sustainable values while you’re living there.
Simple, well-balanced living areas attract more interest buyers than a home that is cluttered and overly personalized. If you’re putting your home on the market, it’s time to tone down on the trendy and embrace the classic. Here’s how.
The illusion of space
First things first, create the sense of space by removing anything “extra”. Take the leaves out of the dining room table, remove the additional chairs. Think model home and strip your space down to the bare-bones basics in furniture. You’ll make the rooms feel more open and spacious that way. Now do the same with your décor—don’t remove it all, just streamline it. Make sure there’s open space on shelves, and clear space on tabletops. If your room lacks natural light, add some mirrors to create the illusion of a brighter space.
Whatever you do, don’t cram the closets! Clear your closets so potential buyers can see the floors, and the shelves, and maybe even the back wall. They shouldn’t be empty, but they shouldn’t be crammed so full that people look in and think “oh my stuff would never fit in here!”
If you’ve painted strong colors, consider toning them down a bit. You don’t have to go white, but opting for lighter, or more neutral shades on the walls and trim can make a space not only feel lighter, brighter and bigger, but it means potential buyers can more easily see themselves in the space. And you want that.
Don’t overlook your furniture and décor when it comes to color. Swap out your bold patterns and colors for a softer, more classic palette. And dress your home for the season. If it’s fall or winter, go ahead and put out the holiday décor, toss a cozy throw on the couch, and make sure there’s wood stacked near the fireplace. You want to create an inviting space that feels like home.
Take a walk around
Don’t overlook the outdoors. First impressions count, and your home’s curb appeal can be a big selling point. Make sure your yard is kept fresh and neat. Trim things that need trimming, repair anything that needs repairing and add some inviting elements to your front porch. Just like the inside, stick with classics and you can’t go wrong.