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How To Stage Your Bedroom For A House Sale

Selling your home fast can come with many different caveats. Whether you are trying to sell because of family circumstances, your job has moved or you’re looking for a change, making sure you have the kind of home that will sell is key to getting what you need, and where you need to be, fast!

So what does that take, and how can you be best prepared for the sight and sound of visitors to your home?

House staging/open houses have become more and more commonplace, and it’s no surprise that there are business sprouting all across the country of people sticking home stagings together.

One of the rooms though that is forgotten is the bedroom, and this is a BIG mistake! Think about it, if you’re buying a house you will want to understand where you will be spending the most amount of time. From the kitchen to the living room, you will spend a lot of time in social areas but the bedroom is unique. Depending on where your house is based, you could be attracting the kind of buyer that really values a good sized bedroom and the benefits of en-suite bathroom and other facilities.

Therefore it is essential that you stage not only your living areas, but your resting ones as well. Here are some tips to a bedroom staging.

Choose calm, relaxing colours
One of the big things is, bedrooms are a personal choice, because of that, you can be mistaken for thinking that the colour scheme should be as equally unique as you are. Great, but if you’re trying to sell your home, you want to convey a place of rest and relaxation.

So how do you that? Start with the right colour. “Start by using neutrals – such as white, taupe, silver, gold, charcoal – and steering away from bright prints and patterns.”

bedroom

Get on Ebay for some lighting
When you’re looking to sell your home, you want to save as much money as possible, but have you ever considered the possibility that your room may need a few features and therefore you need to spend some money?

If the answer is yes, then you want to consider eBay. Not only can you save cash, you can get some great finds, and one of the best things you can to a bedroom is have bedside lights. Big, bright bedside lighting that adds a touch of glamour and interior styling. Big base and lampshades can transform rooms!

bedroom lamps

Put your bed in the right position
This sounds stupid but trust us when we say, people can still get this “wrong” even if they’ve slept at their house for 20+ years.

Bed positioning is all about enhancing room space, creating the illusion of equal lengths between windows, doors and storage areas and finally, using your bed to hide any ghastly old plug sockets. Buyers appreciate a well laid out room, and if one like your bedroom can evoke the right ideas of space and a focus on areas, then this is what you need to do to make it work.

Know how to contrast
So the first point was all about creating the right look, one that evokes peace and tranquility. Well knowing how to contrast the colours and textures in the room can make the difference for the buyer.

We are talking about using a crisp white on the walls with a dark blue or grey feature wall. We are looking at different materials, like wood and high end plastic chairs or cabinets to make the room stand out. We are also talking about throws on the bed to contrast shapes and textures. Get it right, the buyer won’t just want the house, but they’ll want your interior design skills too.

bedroom textures

How To Improve Your Homes Curb Appeal

Selling your home can be one of the hardest things you can do. From picking the realtor to then playing the patience game with viewers and when you eventually get to sell your home, the paperwork required to get you over the finishing line. Of course, the most important thing in any home sale is actually selling your home. The first thing to selling any home is understanding what curb appeal is and how to get it!

What is curb appeal?
Wikipedia defines curb appeal as “the attractiveness of the exterior of a residential or commercial property, as viewed from the street. The term was extensively used in the United States during the housing boom and continues to be used as an indicator of the initial appeal of a property to prospective buyers.”

curb appeal


OK, curb appeal is how attractive your home looks to any potential buyer. But why is this important and how will it affect your home sale?

“Curb appeal is the first thing that any potential buyer will use to make a decision on your property. If it doesn’t look the part, then you will have a horrible situation where you can’t even get people to view, let alone make an offer.” Paul Russo from our Florida office continued with, “there are many different things you can take to make your home stand out and get that all important curb appeal; it’s a case of priorities and taking the road best travelled sometimes.”

5 tips for improving curb appeal

1) Focus on the photos
88% of all home searches in the US start online. If you never considered how important it was to get your property photos right, then now is the time. “Pick the right time of the day for pictures, preferably with good sunlight behind you. Don’t crowd your shot with things that may put buyers off like bikes on the lawn or dirty dishes in the sink!”

curb appeal photo

2) Be a buyer for a day
Imagine you were buying a home and take the time to spend a day looking at properties for sale. Which ones appealed to you and why? “Use this first hand experience to guide you through your own home sale. Drive past your house several times at different points of the day. What works and what doesn’t? That’s what you need to focus on.”

curb appeal buying
3) Prioritise repairs
Home repairs are a given for any seller, especially if you have lived in a property long enough to damage it. “Scuffs on doors, chipped paint and even that floorboard you’ve been meaning to repair are important but are they more important than let’s say, a new roof? Raised flags on your porch? Broken windows? Prioritise your repairs and don’t skimp on a good tradesman. Smaller things are usually accepted by buyers, but the big ticket stuff will have an impact on your home value.”


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4) A bit of landscaping
The big thing about curb appeal is what your house looks like from the road/the curb. That said, what people will take a first, deciding look at is, your garden. “Green fingered sellers attract a lot of potential buyers because the lawn is well kept and the colours of plants and shrubs are appealing. Sometimes, the inside of the home isn’t so. But you don’t need to go overboard. Cut the lawn, mend any fence panels and for added colour, you can pick up bright plants and shrubs cheaply. Show these off in pots or planted in the soil that borders your lawn.”

curb appeal plants

5) Let there be light!

Finally one the best tips for improving curb appeal is, adding light. “Whether that is to your garden, your entrance or your home living spaces, great light gives people a welcoming feel. Outside lights illuminate darker spaces. Internal lights can make living areas more homely; and that’s important for buyers.”

lighting_outdoor

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.

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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.