Preparing your home for sale can be an overwhelming task. Besides taking time to declutter, sort, and pack (and sometimes dispose of) your belongings, there may be renovations that need to be completed prior to listing your home for sale.
While most homeowners generally do not want to invest more money into a home they no longer plan to live in, it is nonetheless imperative to make your home – your biggest investment – perform as well as possible in the real estate market. Taking time to fully prepare your home for sale will reap greater rewards in the end.
A professional home stager, such as myself, can help guide you through this process and make sound suggestions to boost your home’s overall appeal. Depending on the condition, location, and demographics of your home, there may be renovation recommendations made in alignment with the potential buyers. Some renovations may come with a higher price tag, such as a kitchen or bathroom update, while others may be minimal.
But the best return on investment - and least expensive - update I have helped homeowners with is updating paint colors throughout their home.
Whether you do-it-yourself or hire a professional painter, adding a fresh coat of paint throughout your home not only makes a great first impression online, but can transform the space in its entirety by making it brighter, cleaner, and seemingly well cared for.
Furthermore, updating your home with a carefully selected neutral palette will help reassure buyers the home is move-in ready and their belongings will not clash. Keep in mind though, it is not enough to pick a “warm neutral color”. There are many other variables to consider when choosing paint color. Also, picking the wrong color can be a turn off and risk losing an offer altogether.
It is proven that color helps us in memorizing certain information by increasing our attention level. The warmer the color, the more attention is drawn. In the staging world, this can be problematic. The bolder the color, the more memorable – often negative – it will be.
Don’t pick a color blindly. A color consultation will help you select a color based on your home. Remember, there is no “one size fits all” color that is safe or fail proof.
Picking the right color is money in the can. Picking the wrong color is money lost.