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Decorating a Home before Putting It Up For Sale

Decorating a Home before Putting It Up For Sale

When preparing to sell your house, the main goal is to achieve the best price possible. While this is significantly determined by land and building design, several other factors can influence price decisions. For this reason, real estate experts recommend decorating your home to attract more potential buyers and the best price. Staging a home means strategically remodeling the interior décor and furnishings to make the house sellable.

Decorating your home is important for many reasons. To mention, potential homebuyers are looking for a structure to live in, but a home that fulfills their dreams. As such, always remember that different buyers have varying tastes. As such, what you consider bright and vibrant may be loud and garish to another. Below are excellent tips to decorate your home before putting it up for sale.

  1. Improve the Curb Appeal

In most cases, buyers often judge the home from how it looks from the outside. As such, you should make sure that you wow your potential buyer's first impression. This will prompt them to check the house or schedule a home tour for a closer look. Investing in some easy fixes such as planting aesthetic flowers, repainting the doors, exterior walls and roof beckons prospective buyers to come in. If you are not sure of how best to achieve this, consult with real estate agents on the best way to improve your home's exterior before selling.

Improving the appeal also involves repainting walls to a neutral color. As mentioned, your favorite orange colored wall can be the least favorite color to the potential buyer. As such, you are safe with neutral colors. They are liked by everyone and enable the potential buyer to envisage the walls appearance with their color of choice.

Don't forget to work on any scratch marks on the house. Even if you won't do full repainting, consider scrubbing and repairing the walls, doors, and baseboards to make them appear cared for. Selling beautiful homes can be challenging, but selling a home with small problems is downright difficult.

  1. De-Clutter the Home

De-cluttering your home is the simplest thing to do when preparing to put your home for sale. Clutter, in any space or room, is a huge put-off for buyers. It prevents even those interested in purchasing your home from seeing it. That said, less is more when decorating your home. Always conduct a thorough sweep of the counters, tables, windows, and other openly visible parts.

You should also de-clutter areas with locked doors, including the closets, cupboards, and drawers as curious buyers would definitely want to check every part of the house. If your house is full of unnecessary items, most buyers will form the impression that it isn't spacious enough to keep all their belongings. For that, they won't sign up a mortgage, knowing they will have to rent additional storage space.

Part of de-cluttering your home involves depersonalizing the space. As the name suggests, you should remove any distractions that prevent potential buyers from visualizing themselves residing in the house. Depersonalizing involves removing any family photos, artwork, and belongings that makes the house less appealing. The main aim of doing this is to leave an open and blank space where potential buyers can envision their own lives there.

  1. Work on the Flooring

Potential buyers will definitely ignore your home if your carpet is overly stained or dirty. While you shouldn't spend a lot on decoration, consider cheap yet aesthetically looking flooring materials. Though pricey, hardwood floors add a lot of value and elegance. They also provide long-term value and low maintenance. As such, they appeal to majority buyers and a good choice if you want to sell your home at a good price point.

When decorating the floors, focus on the living room, the kitchen, and the dining room. You should consider the bathrooms too, especially since they have little floor area. For bathrooms and kitchen, use ceramic or stone tiles if your budget allows. Opt for high-quality vinyl tiles that mimic expensive materials.

  1. Rearrange the Furniture

Furniture is incredible additions to any home being prepared for sale. To begin, ensure that the furniture is of the right size and doesn't clutter the rooms. Extra-large furniture will make the room appear small while little furniture makes the rooms cold. Since you can rent the furniture that you stage the home with, ensure that it looks good, expensive, and inviting. In the bedroom, for instance, go for high-quality mattresses that will make the room homey.

  1. Decorate with Plants

Always remember the green color of plants is good when decorating your home for sale. As you may know, plants bring forth a bright and welcoming environment. Consider having a bouquet or fruits in a bowl on the dining room. Plants and other natural elements significantly impress potential buyers as they bring extra color and life to the interior décor.

Bottom Line

Even with a high budget, you shouldn't spend a lot on decorating your home for sale. Emphasizing on the home's specific parts and key features will make your house stand out from other homes on the market. To get your house sold quickly, your staging efforts should be focused on appealing the widest possible group of buyers. However, don't over-decorate as it may put off buyers who want to introduce their style after purchase.

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