Preparing Your Home to Sell
The beginning of the year is a popular time to put homes on the market. If you’re looking at selling, consider these tips from our resident design pro Robin Wilson Carrier from Robin Wilson Interior Design for preparing your home to sell.
Know Your Buyer
Different segments of buyers can be interested in different features in a home. Know how your neighborhood is trending with various buyer types as well as keep a pulse on the commercial aspects of the neighborhood.
Just like meeting a person, the first impression goes a long way. Make sure your exterior presentation is attractive to potential buyers. Consider a fresh coat of paint, perhaps in an accent color, on the front door to really make it pop. Add potted plants or flowers to the entry and create a sense of welcoming.
Use a Neutral Palette
Keep finishes, flooring and countertops neutral to allow buyers to visualize how they can personalize the space with their own accents. For example, quartz with subtle color gradation is neutral yet interesting, and is nonporous and resistant to heat, spills and scratches.
Continue the same flooring throughout large spans of the home to make the house look larger and more open. Choose your materials with potential buyers, the location of the home and the architecture of the home in mind. Hardwood floors are very luxurious, while concrete can be excellent in an urban location. Use area rugs to define spaces and provide color and texture.
Repaint, refinish or resurface cabinets for a fresh look. Flat panel or shaker-style can add visual interest with clean lines. Consider different or unique hardware for an added pop. And don’t be afraid to mix finishes; lighter on top cabinets and darker on the bottom.
Add functional and decorative lighting to kitchen islands, dining rooms, bathrooms and the entry way. Consider in-cabinet or under-cabinet lighting for decorative impact. Replace toggle switches with the more modern rocker style switches and add dimmers.