Tag Archives: colours

How To Sell A Small House Fast

The time has come for you to upsize your living quarters. Yes, the first house you possibly bought was a little on the small size. Maybe you were single at the time and have found love. Maybe, just maybe, you have unexpectedly grown in family size that wasn’t really planned.

Whatever the reasons, your once cosy, small home is now too cosy and you need to upsize, fast! First, before you do any of that work though, you need to sell your small house!

Here’s the thing, you now think that selling a small house is going to be impossible. What you fail to recognise is, you’re no longer selling to your new, ambitious, bigger house person. You’re selling to a market that you were in not that long ago.

What you need to do is stop thinking big and start thinking smart. Want to know what tips can help you sell a small house fast? Here are some ideas to making you get that fast cash sale on your small property.

Storage, Storage, Storage
When it comes to small homes, storage is key! Whether that be smart hanging rails to clever under furniture storage solutions, what you want to do is take the clutter that can easily build up in a small house/apartment and make the best use of storage solutions that give you the sense of space and flow around the living areas.

By moving the TV off a tall unit and instead replacing with a wall bracket and then using a low storage solution, you will create more wall space and make the room look naturally bigger and brighter.

small_storage

Let the light in
Here is one big caveat of small living, lighting. You will either be blessed with lots of natural light that you can maximise by making windows bigger, or if possible, by knocking down a wall and creating lots of flowing light areas, or you may be limited on what architectural smashing may be possible.

If the later is the case, then what you want to do is to create the most amount of light points as possible. You can start with paint that is designed to reflect light particles, you can add great light fittings and features that can double up as wall features and storage solutions.

Finally, consider strip lighting in the ground or across your lower floor features. By illuminating from below as well as from the sides, rooms appear naturally large.

small

Be practical with colours
It makes sense that if you start painting things dark, you will naturally “close the room” making it look smaller and unwelcoming. A dark colour could be an accent on a wall, but we would advise that you aim to get the pale, neutral colours as your main wall colours. You will make spaces larger and brighter.

Lift your floor!
If budget wasn’t an issue, then one of the big things that you could do is a small space is to, in some way, lift your floor.

What we mean by this is to either develop a mezzanine level or raise your living areas by creating zones each with functional areas creating an open-plan layout, and there’s space beneath the raised section for storage of furniture or other possessions.

small_mezzanine

Colours You Should Never Paint Your Home

A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to make a home stand out; whether that’s painting the outside, or making more of a feature. However, choosing the wrong shade of colour/colours for your home could have some serious consequences, especially if you’re looking to sell your home fast to a private buyer; even if you consider this simple sum, it’s your house, shouldn’t you be able to live with whatever colour you choose?

The simple sum has a simple answer. Of course you should. However if your looking to sell your home fast there are a few things that you need to consider, and the colour of your walls and exterior are certainly something you should think about.

So far in 2016, we aren’t seeing much of a change to an exterior colour of a house. Combinations include white and grey, beige and taupe, slate and black. If you’re looking for inspiration on your interior colour, you don’t have to move that far away from the neutral palette; a variety of grays, shades of white and neutral greens.

For a home buyer, the more neutral the colour, the more likely you will get a sale according to Zillow Digs who analysed 50,000 photos of “recently sold homes, they found those with rooms painted in certain colors tended to command higher selling prices than expected.”

So what does having an eye for detail or design tell us? Well, done tastefully, colours that work well within the kitchen or toilets could be used in the home in the right places and add value; a keen buyer will be interested in seeing how you’ve kept the home fresh and well maintained; so going white isn’t always a forced solution.

There are 4 colours you should however avoid if you’re looking to get the best value for your home are the following;

1) Off-White or Eggshell
Off-White or eggshell colours can really put off potential buyers when compared to rooms that had a little more zest or colour. The kitchen for example, is a great room to paint in a variety of different colours that could add as much as $1400 dollars to your house sale when compared to an off-white or eggshell based colour.

However, if you’re thinking of ditching white as a colour all together, be patient. Small rooms which have lots of light can really pull off a strong white look, whilst large rooms with low light can equally benefit. Darker colours, like grays can however do the opposite.

2) Dark Gray’s
Gray may be a trending colour now, but not all grays are equal. Light gray or even “dove” grey are a hit with home sellers adding on average $1100 on recent house values but dark gray has become a massive no no! You could lose up to $1200 dollars on a future home sale based on research.

dark_grey

3) Brown anything
Brown is a great colour, for coffee! But when it comes to your home, and looking to sell your house fast, then you need to re-consider why you don’t see many style awards going to homes that have brown walls. Research has indicated that brown walls can even reduce the value of your property by nearly $500 dollars per room if you were so inclined to paint your house like a tropical land mass.

4) Terracotta
Remember the 90s? Friends was on TV, burrito’s became a national treasure, Bill Clinton and the numerous scandals? Well, one wave of creativity was sweeping the streets and that was, terracotta painted walls. Everyone was using them as a feature wall or worse, as base coat around the house. Well, terracotta is most definitely out, especially if you want to sell your home to a potential buyer. With prices being reduced as near as $700 per room, you may want to reconsider keeping the 90s in the 90s.